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Pet Shipping with uShip

Whether you’re welcoming a new pet to your home, rehoming a rescue pet, or moving with a pet, we’re here to help! uShip will help you figure out how to ship a pet, help you get rates from pet shipping specialists, and give you tips on how to prepare your pet for its journey. If things get a little hairy along the way, contact us directly and we’ll help smooth things out.

uShip’s marketplace makes finding safe and reliable pet transport companies, within your budget, easy. Create your shipment listing with your pets details, including breed, age, and any special needs they may have. Then, pet shipping companies will send you quotes as they compete for your business. This ensure you get the best pet shipping rates possible.

How to Ship a Pet

With uShip, shipping a pet is as easy as 1, 2, 3!

1 | Create a Listing on uShip

Take a minute to consider your needs, timeframe and budget. There are a few things you’ll be asked in the initial listing process. Be prepared with your pet’s name, breed, age, any special needs they may have, and if you have a kennel for you pet or if you need a kennel provided. Many pet shipping companies have their own crates and kennels for your pet’s safe transport. Provide as much detail about your pet as possible in the listing.

Cat inside pet carrier
Two dogs in the back of an SUV

2 | Choose the Best Pet Shipping Service

Once your shipment listing is complete, you’ll start getting quotes from vetted pet transport companies, as they compete for your business. We encourage you to ask questions of the carriers as they provide shipping quotes. This will give you a good feel of the pet transporter’s response time and personality.

Every carrier on uShip has a profile with their shipping history, safety records and customer-rated feedback for your review. Most carriers include photos of their vehicles, so you can see exactly what your pet will be transported in. You can see a list of all their previous pet transports completed on uShip and the experiences they provided their customers. We strongly recommend reviewing carrier profiles to feel confident you’re choosing the best pet shipping service for your and your pet’s needs.

3 | Pet Shipping & Delivery

After you’ve selected your pet transporter, contact them directly with any questions, concerns or further details. Share any third party contact information with your carrier and let them know any time constraints on either end of pick up or delivery. Have payment ready at the agreed upon time. A lot of times, pet transporters do take full payment prior to delivery to help care for the pet on its journey. Should you run into any issues with your pet shipper, contact us. We're here to help before, during and after your transport.

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How Much Does it Cost to Ship a Pet?

The cost to ship a pet changes with the needs of the pet and the distance for travel. The average cost for longer distance shipments is around $350 to $600, while the average cost for shorter distance pet transport is around $100 to $300.

For more detailed information on the cost to ship your pet, check out our cost to ship index. There, you can see hundreds of pet shipments completed through the uShip marketplace and get a feel for how we work.

Vetting Pet Transporters

Each pet transporter on uShip must be able to show proof of a positive pet transport history and agree to our best practices guidelines for pet shipping. Our Trust & Safety team speaks to each transporter personally about these guidelines and is there to hold them accountable should any complications arise.

Planning for Your Pet's Transport

It is important to plan ahead when moving with your pet so that you can ensure your furry friend arrives safely. You will need to acquire an appropriate travel kennel to ensure their comfort and safety during transit. Include any medications or special food they need. Create a folder with emergency contact information to go with your pet shipping service.

  • Pet Shipping Checklist
  • Travel Kennel
  • Bedding
  • Food and Water
  • Medications (if any)
  • Records - Health, Shots, Breed Certs, etc.
  • Identification - on Collar and/or Microchip
  • Collar and Leash
  • Emergency Contact Info

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