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    melissastmaarten is offline Junior Member 510 points
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    Extra-Large Kennel Needed (40"x27"x30")

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    I am looking to buy an extra-large size Kennel (Series 500) with typical dimensions of 40" x 27" x 30" to fly my dog back to the States. Please respond to this post if you have anything available for sale.
    Thank you!

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    The St Martin vet clinic can order you a kennel. We are getting one from them.

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    Thank you for the quick response-- how much does it cost to order through them? Also, are you planning on shipping your dog back to the states? I have been struggling finding a suitable carrier--my dog is so large she will have to fly as cargo; the only service I can find is through American Airlines.

    Thank you for the extra input!

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    The extra large is around 250 but im not totally sure. We are shipping our dog back as well. I believe they are the only vet you can go through to ship your dog back. That is how i understood it from the airport. The way it was explained to me you have to call the aircarrier and make sure they will be able to fly the pet that day and then book you personal tickets. The vet has to book the pets ticket. The vet will not book your pets tickets until you are a little more than a week out. We bought our tickets about a month ago and now all we can do is wait until right before we leave to get them to book his ticket. It is, to say the least, a pain. We fly continental with our dog because they take such good care with them. They have air-conditioned vehicles that will transport them from the plane to the terminal or their next flight. They are a little more expensive and you have to go through Newark, NJ as your first stop. We dont want him in a plane longer than he has to be so we are going to land in NJ and then drive the rest of the way. Good luck.

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    Great, thank you! I will be going back to the states next week to see family, and found an approved air carrier kennel, used, for $100---it will cost more to have the extra carrier to fly back by JetBlue...but in total, will be able to get it here for around $150.

    I had been doing research on the International Pet Travel Association site, and saw Continental (my first choice)--- but because Continental and United joined, they said they cannot transfer out of St. Maarten (?). I spoke with them this morning because I really liked the information and track record United/Continental showed on their website and through various personal reports. I literally talked with a United rep this morning who said they could not ship out of SXM---United and Continental are now one company- how did you manage to get tickets? The reason I ask is that I am ultimately travelling to JFK or Bradley (I live in CT), but because I do not want my dog on a long flight either, I was going to have to have her land in Miami and drive up I-95 over a four day period. The only company I found that would take her (total weight with kennel is around 120 lbs.) is AA cargo. Total cost to get her to Miami is over $1,600.00

    What are you paying for Continental, and if you don't mind, I would really appreciate knowing the steps you took to plan accordingly--my dog already has all vaccines, passport, heartworm, microchip. I have done my best to make sure she has everything needed for international travel. I preferred Continental, but did not think I could get her on the flight.
    Thank you for the extra assistance; greatly appreciated!
    -Melissa

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    We dont yet have our dog booked on the flight yet but we were given the price estimate of around 400 dollars. It sounds like you have done everything that we have done. The only other thing i think you would need is a health certificate from a vet before you fly. i think they only last ten days. We were told by the vet that everything we needed to do was done. We just have to wait until around a week before we fly to get his ticket booked by the vet and to pick up his health certificate. I haven't been told by the vet that they stopped flying them. I hope that isn't the case, lol. All the other carriers we called a few weeks ago said that they couldent book the tickets through them, you had go through the airport here on the island. When we called them they said they have St Martin Vet clinic do all there booking and that we had to call them. I guess ill be calling Continental/united soon to see whats up.

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    Hi there,
    We just spoke with a United/Continental rep, and she said since the transition, all airports will be ultimately contacting the corporate US office to review the pet policies. She said as far as she knew, all dogs plus kennel weight can fly, as long as they do not exceed 150 lbs. She said they are no longer allowed to travel as "checked baggage;" however, could travel as cargo at a rate of around $480. Would you be able to send me the vet's phone number that you use? We have been going to "Dr. Virginnie" in Cole Bay, the Animal Care Center. I would like to get in touch with the vet you use to make arrangements. It seems to me, in St. Maarten, the rules always change depending on who you speak with, so I would prefer to work with a vet who is familiar with the flights.
    Thank you again for the help!

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