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Any advice on which company to use to ship my 50lb dog and 10lb cat? I already have the IATA approved cages. I was thinking about using delta, as I have used them before to ship animals within USA.

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Oh my! I've never even considered that... then again we live in a city.

I brought my dog from the US and have only had positive experiences bringing her. I am usually more anxious about it because dogs can't go in most US stores, so I don't bring her *everywhere.* However, when I am out and about I see other dogs in stores and she (my dog) has been inside of restaurants multiple times. Such a different life here w/ her and she loves being able to go everywhere! (She's about 8lbs for reference)

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I've spun your post into its own thread in the hopes of attracting a bit more attention. (The other thread was more general on how the French accept dogs.)

From my personal experience (albeit years ago), I can recommend a company called Pets Express out of San Francisco. Their website is here: Pet Transportation, Travel & Relocation Specialists - Pet Express

They gave me lots of information about the various airlines even before I decided to go ahead and ship my two cats with them from California to Germany.

If you're shipping via Delta to France, you're basically shipping with Air France. (They share flight designations - every Delta flight is an Air France flight and vice versa.) I don't know how Air France does with animals. I know Pets Express and others recommend Lufthansa and the Frankfurt airport as some of the best animal handling facilities in Europe. (Pets Express uses Frankfurt for shipments of zoo animals to many locations around the world.)
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I've spun your post into its own thread in the hopes of attracting a bit more attention. (The other thread was more general on how the French accept dogs.)

From my personal experience (albeit years ago), I can recommend a company called Pets Express out of San Francisco. Their website is here: Pet Transportation, Travel & Relocation Specialists - Pet Express

They gave me lots of information about the various airlines even before I decided to go ahead and ship my two cats with them from California to Germany.

If you're shipping via Delta to France, you're basically shipping with Air France. (They share flight designations - every Delta flight is an Air France flight and vice versa.) I don't know how Air France does with animals. I know Pets Express and others recommend Lufthansa and the Frankfurt airport as some of the best animal handling facilities in Europe. (Pets Express uses Frankfurt for shipments of zoo animals to many locations around the world.)
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Wow, a very quick reply. I will contact that company right now! You are correct about Lufthansa, I had forgotten about them.

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Just got of the phone with them. They got my details and will call back in 24-48 hrs with a quote.

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Wow, a very quick reply. I will contact that company right now! You are correct about Lufthansa, I had forgotten about them.
Suggest you check to see whether they have restrictions on shipping pets during the summer months. It can get pretty hot in the cargo compartment.

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Suggest you check to see whether they have restrictions on shipping pets during the summer months. It can get pretty hot in the cargo compartment.
Thanks for all the quick replies. This forum is alive! I just got off the phone with Lufthansa. No problem shipping one cat and dog. They just treat it as excess baggage. It will only be a few hunderd dollars. I tried to call Air France and Delta, but their phone system is either down or overloaded. Getting a message "all systems are busy now, please try later." Oh well. i have time. From reading their site, it looks like the same setup as lufthansa. I am thus planning to fly Delta/Air France and have the animals with me in the cargo hold on the same plane.

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Thanks for all the quick replies. This forum is alive! I just got off the phone with Lufthansa. No problem shipping one cat and dog. They just treat it as excess baggage. It will only be a few hunderd dollars. I tried to call Air France and Delta, but their phone system is either down or overloaded. Getting a message "all systems are busy now, please try later." Oh well. i have time. From reading their site, it looks like the same setup as lufthansa. I am thus planning to fly Delta/Air France and have the animals with me in the cargo hold on the same plane.
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Do you know you can carry your cat in it's container in the cabin with you. I did this last year on Lufthansa out of San Francisco. Went through Munich then on to Paris.
Absolutely no problems. Lufthansa will allow animals in the cabin up to 18 pounds including carrier.

When I was standing in line at the S.F. airport there were quite a few people with large dogs in kennels waiting to check in. Several said they had flown multiple times with Lufthansa and were very pleased with the service they and their dogs had received.

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Do you know you can carry your cat in it's container in the cabin with you. I did this last year on Lufthansa out of San Francisco. Went through Munich then on to Paris.
Absolutely no problems. Lufthansa will allow animals in the cabin up to 18 pounds including carrier.

When I was standing in line at the S.F. airport there were quite a few people with large dogs in kennels waiting to check in. Several said they had flown multiple times with Lufthansa and were very pleased with the service they and their dogs had received.

Good luck.
Just be aware that you have to reserve a place for your cat in the cabin. There is a limit on how many pets they will carry on each flight and if someone else reserved ahead of you, you may be out of luck.

Yes, Lufthansa is super with their animal handling services. I wouldn't send the dog, though, on a flight with connections if you can avoid it, assuming he's flying "cargo." What some folks have done is to fly into Frankfurt and then drive to France.
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Hello, my name is Jenni and I will be moving to Paris, France this late summer. I will be shipping (dont know if that if is even a proper explanation) my 8 lb chihuahua to Paris, France after we arrive. I am hoping to get suggestions etc from people that live in France and that have gone through same process and can advise on the best and cheapest method. I will be flying from Portland, Oregon and to either Amsterdam or London and spending a little time there before moving on to Paris; thus why Ahmaya will be shipped seperately. I appreciate any advice and information anyone can provide.

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Best and cheapest may not necessarily intersect. If you're shipping your dog after you arrive, I'd strongly recommend a pet shipper like Pet Express in San Francisco. They can board your dog during the interim period, and then they'll do all the necessary for preparing him for the flight, including taking him to the airport and preparing all the paperwork.

It's probably a little more expensive than doing it yourself. But they'll make sure he is properly prepped for the trip and they're great about advising as to the best airline and routing.
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