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Air travelers should leave pets at home

By Gary Bogue
Friday, February 16th, 2007 at 8:39 am in Pets.

I just received this urgent press release from The Humane Society of the United States:

As the nation’s air travel system struggles to recover after recent winter storms, The Humane Society of the United States is urging pet owners to keep their pets on the ground for the next several days.

“News reports indicate some flights have been delayed for eight hours or even longer,” said Wayne Pacelle, HSUS president and CEO. “Animals housed in cages in the cargo holds for hours in freezing temperatures are at serious risk for hypothermia. The best thing to do is to leave pets at home if there is any risk of flight delays.”

Airlines allow passengers to bring small pets into the passenger cabin if the pet is kept in a carrier small enough to fit under seats. Larger pets are shipped in transport crates in a plane’s cargo hold. The temperature in cargo holds varies widely depending on the weather conditions.

The HSUS advises air travelers to leave pets at home in the care of a pet sitter or to delay travel until delays are less likely.

The HSUS has tips for travelers on its web site:

Many thanks to HSUS for keeping an eye on our pets!

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