The Ultimate U.S. Pet Travel Laws Quiz

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Certain pet immunizations are mandatory in every state, but there are no universal laws governing travelling with pets. Take our quiz to learn more about pet travel laws.

There are different laws in each state regarding dogs. What can happen if you fail to obey local law for your dog as you pass though another state?

When traveling with your pet, be sure to consult the laws that govern your destination and any states along the way where you plan to stop. Some states even ban certain dog breeds altogether.


What is a common kind of dog that many airlines may ban from boarding their planes?

Many airlines will not allow pug-nosed breeds to board their planes or fly in their cargo holds, because the dog’s pug-nosed facial structure can make breathing difficult at high altitudes. There is a distinct possibility that the dog could die in flight.


What is a law that you may have problems with if you own a dog that has a history of being bred for fighting and aggression?

Breed-specific pet laws, often known as breed-specific legislation (BSL), were enacted to protect people against traditionally aggressive canine breeds. Most often included are Rottweilers, Doberman pinchers, pit bulls and any mixed breed derived from one of these canines.


What should you know abut BSL that could make traveling easier if you plan your route ahead of time?

Eleven states have enacted statutes that prevent towns or municipal units from enacting breed-specific laws. In states that allow breed-specific laws, town laws vary; so you should check towns you plan to visit. Many towns in Canada also have breed-specific laws.


How many states require that your dog be harnessed to a seat belt when it is traveling in your car or truck?

According to, about 25 states in the U.S. have laws that require a restraint for your pet when traveling with you in your car. Safety is the prime motivator for these pet restraint laws.


Why is it that states have or want to enact laws to restrain your dog while traveling in a vehicle?

Excited pets have caused accidents and unrestrained dogs become missiles during an emergency stop, causing injury or death to an occupant or the pet. An unrestrained dog in a car traveling 30 mph (48 kph) can slam into you with lethal force in a sudden stop.


What is the law concerning traveling guide dogs or service dogs?

Under the Americans With Disabilities Laws, restaurants, schools, buses, taxis, airplanes, stores, movie theatres, concerts, sporting events, doctor's offices, and any other public place may not restrict access to a service or guide dog accompanying a disabled individual. There is no requirement for the dog to be wearing special vests or for the owner to present proof that the animal is certified.


What state has special quarantine laws for pets that apply even to guide or service animals?

Hawaii has unique quarantine laws that apply even to service or guide dogs. There are many requirements to fulfill in order for a service or guide dogs to circumvent quarantine when entering Hawaii.


Why is it that Hawaii can be allowed to bypass Americans with Disabilities Laws to quarantine guide or service dogs?

Hawaii has never had a case of rabies and officials want to keep it like that. Even guide and service dogs must go into quarantine unless they meet proof of many special requirements and even then there is no guarantee.


How many ports of entry in the Hawaii Islands handle inspection and quarantine of dogs and cats travelling with you?

Honolulu International Airport on the island of Oahu is the only port of entry for all dogs and cats entering Hawaii. This includes guide dogs and service dogs.


How many days before arrival in Hawaii must your dog have had the OIE-FAVN rabies antibody test?

If you need your pet with you right away, try Hawaii's 5-day-or-less program, which can expedite your pet's quarantine process. However, the OIE-FAVN rabies test must be given to a dog at least 120 days before your arrival in Hawaii.


If your dog or cat fails inspection and ends up quarantined in Hawaii, how many days is the standard quarantine period?

Your dog or cat will be quarantined for 120 days after arrival in Hawaii if they fail to meet inspection criteria. With all these rules, unless you are going to live in Hawaii it is best to leave your pet at home.


What is the standard fee to put your pet through the five-day-or-less program when entering Hawaii?

The fee is $224 for the five-day-or-less program and if pets are quarantined the charge is around $15 a day in addition to fees for vets, shots, grooming, and many other incidental charges.


How many dogs are estimated to die each year because of riding in the back of pickup trucks?

According to the Humane Society of Utah, approximately 100,000 dogs die each year riding in the back of pickup trucks by flying out after an accident, falling out accidently or sliding out of an open tailgate.


Why should you never tie your dog up while it rides in the box of a pickup truck?

Many dogs sustain neck injuries or are dragged by trucks each year when they fall out of a truck box while tied; not to mention the health hazard of the dust and road grime they are subjected to when riding in an open pickup bed.


What animals that people own besides cats and dogs should have recommended rabies shots?

According to the Texas Department of State Health, all domestic animals such as cows, ferrets, and sheep should also be vaccinated for rabies as per recommended schedule. When you travel with your dog you must carry a certificate signed by a vet that the animal has a current rabies shot.


How long do rabies shots protect your pet before they require a booster shot?

Rabies shots are current from one to four years depending on the vaccine used. Your veterinary professional will give you a certificate that states the vaccination date, the vaccine used and the date that a booster is required.


Your vet will advise on required vaccinations for your dog, but what is one vaccine that a dog you travel with, board or take to public places should have besides rabies?

Your pet should be vaccinated against Bordetella (also known as kennel cough) if you plan to board the dog. It is also a good idea to vaccinate against Bordetella if your dog socializes with other dogs in public places.


What is the maximum fine for animal cruelty in the state of Oregon?

Oregon’s maximum fine for cruelty to animals is $100,000. Arizona can go to $150,000 and Colorado has a staggering $200,000 maximum fine. Cruelty to animals is a felony offence in many states. In addition to possible fines and jail time, you will lose your animal and your privilege to own an animal for many years.


What is the maximum prison sentence for animal cruelty of any state in the U.S.?

Alabama and Louisiana have the highest maximum jail time of up to 10 years. A number of other states have maximum sentences of five to seven years.


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