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From 7 August 2005 Issue

Tips For Traveling With Animals

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Kim W. Stallwood Co-executive Director Animals and Society Institute Email: kim.stallwood@animalsandsociety.org 

www.animalsandsociety.org  (410) 675-4566

Summer is the traditional season for family vacations, and many people want to include their canine and feline family members in their travel plans. The problem is that not all modes of transportation are as comfortable or safe for our animal companions as they are for us. Air travel can be particularly dangerous— even deadly—for animals, especially when they travel in the cargo holds of planes.

Thanks to the efforts of DDAL and other animal advocates, beginning on July 1, 2005, the Department of Transportation (DOT) began publicly posting the number of animals who are killed, lost, or injured while traveling in the baggage holds of each airline every year. This information will help guardians determine which carriers take the best care of their animal passengers. Of course, traveling by land also poses risks, so, in the end, missing your beloved dog or cat while you're away may be well worth knowing that he or she will be safe and sound when you return home.

Get tips for traveling with animals and learn more about the DOT regulations at: http://www.ddal.org/campaigns/spotlight/

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