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All of your questions regarding air travel for live animals will be answered here. If you have reservations about transporting live animals, after reading the process & hearing how simple & stress free it really is, PLUS all of our options, I know you will agree that air travel is a great choice for transporting your puppy from my care to yours if you do not live within driving distance. We do NOT sedate or tranquilize the puppies in any way. They ship awake, alert, well fed, hydrated, & comfortable. Some do prefer to take a nap while in transit & simply wake up in their new owners arms.

We have currently placed Australian Shepherd puppies with their new families in Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, & 45 US states including AK, AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, NC, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, SC, TN, TX, UT, VA, WA, WI, WV, & WY so we have plenty of references available & experience transporting live animals via Priority Parcel Service with American Airlines, Delta, & United. We are confident your puppy will arrive to you safely. 

THE COST OF AIR TRAVEL via Priority Parcel Service for the continental United States is $400 on either American Airlines, Delta, or United and includes the cost of the MADE IN USA crate with all required labeling, food/water dishes, vet visit, fecal, health papers, airfare, parking, & transportation to/from the vet the day prior to shipping & to/from the airport the day of shipping. We can also transport 2 puppies together at age 8-9 weeks for $500 so if you know a neighbor, friend, co-worker, or family member that is interested in a puppy as well, the cost for air travel can be shared. Puppies must be 8 weeks old for air travel per federal airline regulations. Here is the breakdown for the $400 cost we have to charge for air travel: $50 crate, $275 airfare, $75 health papers & fecal.  Shipping 2 puppies together requires a bigger crate ($75) and 2 sets of health papers & fecals ($75 each). The airfare is charged by weight at the airlines so airfare costs more as well for shipping 2 puppies together.

$500 rate applies to Alaska & Puerto Rico.

*** Fifteen Acre Farms is located 30 minutes north of Tulsa International Airport, Tulsa, OK. Because we are centrally located in the US and ship from Tulsa, puppies are only in transit to US locations for 2-7 hours depending on destination. Tracking is available for both me & you the buyer from the time your puppy leaves my care and arrive into yours. ***

Click on the link above for AIRPORTS to choose the location nearest/best for you for pickup. There are several options available so I feel certain a location is near you for pickup.                                        

Live animals are transported via PRIORITY PARCEL SERVICE ONLY with the airlines and are handled with the best of care. Only aircraft equipped to transport live animals are utilized. The animals get the same pressurization and air as the passengers. Puppies are NOT put in a box with air holes poked in it and in transit for 3 days. They are NOT transported via UPS or FEDEX. Anyone with a bad shipping experience needs to examine the practices & experience, or inexperience, of the breeder/shipper who made the arrangements ... NOT the airline. We have NEVER had a bad shipping experience. ALL of my buyers and myself have a 100% satisfaction rate with American Airlines, Delta, & United.

Air travel is a VERY safe mode of transportation & all of our puppies have arrived in the same condition they were in when I put them in the crate that morning. In fact, there are more rules with the airlines for shipping live animals than there are for transporting people or unaccompanied minors. I can assure you that the airline staff are well trained & knowledgeable in the care & proper handling of our animals. It is also ALWAYS the same staff at dropoff and ONLY staff specifically trained for the checkin and handling of live animals are allowed to assist the shipper at time of checkin. I couldn't be more pleased with my experience regarding the shipping process and handling of my animals.

My puppies are seen by a vet within 24 hours prior to air travel (note: puppies that fly on Sunday or Monday will have vet appointment Friday morning because I am either booked with visitors or gone to the airport shipping on Saturday mornings). Air travel for live animals IS available on Sunday. I handle all of the arrangements for shipping & plan for a day that is most convenient for you the buyer for pickup.

Connections are in Dallas, TX, Chicago, IL, & Charlotte, NC on American Airlines. Connections for Delta include Atlanta, GA, Detroit, MI, Minneapolis, MN, & Salt Lake City, UT. Connections for United include Houston, TX, Denver, CO, & Chicago, IL. For buyers in these locations, your puppy gets a direct flight with no connection. I know that making a connecting flight is cause for concern for those who have never received a puppy via air travel but we have never had an issue with a connection. American requires 50 minutes connection time, Delta requires 2 hours connection time, & United requires 1 hour connection time. This is just long enough to change planes so the puppies are not sitting idle for any length of time. IF a puppy misses their connecting flight while intransit, the airline automatically puts the puppy on the next flight out SAME DAY to final destination. This only happens in the event of sudden changes in weather, maintenance, or crew issue's. We only schedule flights that have another flight going to the same destination THE SAME DAY in case the connection is missed PLUS I also have the option of sending the puppy back to Tulsa while intransit for me to pickup SAME DAY and bring home if weather, maintenance, or crew issue's cancel the flight to final destination. We then ship again the next day and are only charged ONCE by the airline.

The puppies are ALWAYS in climate controlled temp's while in transit. The staff are properly trained to care for puppies during their connection & there is always ice inside the dishes attached to the inside of the crate to keep them hydrated.

The pickup place is different at each airport so I will include your pickup place when the flight is scheduled & a detailed confirmation email is sent to each buyer regarding flight information, pickup, and immediate aftercare info. Pickup is either at cargo, where available, or at the baggage claim or ticket counter inside the airport for airports that do not have a cargo facility for the specific airline your puppy is booked on. You will be advised ahead of time where to go for pickup. You will need to be prepared to show two forms if ID like a drivers license & credit card at pickup and provide your signature. NO additional charges or fee's will apply at time of pickup. I handle all arrangements & payments.

The crate’s used for shipping are the hard plastic type that bolt together on the side. No snap crates allowed. If you plan to crate your puppy at home, you will need to be prepared with the black wire crate size Large. Those crates get much better airflow than the hard plastic shipping crates & the crates we send them in are just big enough for a ONE TIME USE. Your puppy will outgrow the shipping crate in a week so plan to list your crate on craigslist, or other venue, and get some of your money back. Sending the crate back is not an option because it cost more to return the crate than what it is worth.

Attached to the crate will be a sample of food & a clear plastic bag with your paperwork and a leash inside. The puppy will be wearing a collar. Remove him/her immediately & have a potty place picked out before entering your pickup place. Take him/her to potty right away. Bring water from home. There will be two dishes attached to the inside of the crate. Water your puppy immediately after potty time. Plan to stay at your pickup place for a few minutes to offer exercise & a bite of food (attached to the crate) before heading home. Puppies travel much better on a full tummy especially if you live more than an hour away from the airport. Send me a quick text when you have your puppy after potty and water needs are met then we can talk later in the day, or the following day, to address any questions/concerns you may have after you have had some time to observe & interact with your puppy.

You will find important paperwork attached to the crate. Inside the packet will be your registration paperwork, copies of lab reports for genetic health clearances for the parents, vaccination record & schedule to follow with a letter to your vet, one copy of the Contract for you to sign for your records & keep, & one copy of the Contract in an SASE for you to sign & return to me within a day or two after receiving your puppy into your care. This form with your information is what my AKC inspector wants to see at time of yearly inspection so be sure to send it back within a day or two. The paperwork is an important part of the presentation from me to your vet so be sure to take the entire packet, and its contents, with you at time of the next scheduled vaccination so your vet can make copies of the genetic health clearances for your puppy's file and see the vaccination and deworming schedule your puppy has incurred while here. If you forget to take this packet with you to the vet, he/she will not know what vaccinations your puppy has already received. My contact information is attached should your vet have questions at anytime during the life of your new puppy. 

In addition, breeders are provided with ONLY ONE COPY of each puppy's registration paperwork from AKC & ASCA. DO NOT LOSE these. We have to pay money for these documents. They are NOT free. If you lose or misplace them "YOU" WILL HAVE TO PAY FOR NEW COPIES.

If you are considering ground transportation you need to know that your puppy will be locked in a crate for days, or sometimes weeks, at a time. They do not leave our care & go directly to you. Ground transportation has other pickups & dropoff’s along the way & can take much longer than air travel. For this reason, we do not ship via ground transportation.

If I was not 100% confident in the airline personnel, care, handling, & safety of our puppies I would not transport puppies via air travel. No one cares about the safety of our animals more than I do. Shipping is very simple & safe. You show up at your pickup point on an agreed upon date/time, show two forms of ID, & go home with your beautiful healthy new puppy. It really is that simple when you choose a Fifteen Acre Farms puppy! 

Any reservations you may have about purchasing a puppy site unseen can be eliminated with multiple video's of the puppy, his/her littermates, their parents and the breeders property. You will be able to see where the puppy comes from, how the puppies & their parents are housed, kept, & cared for & their interaction with me, as well as other puppies, in the video.

Furthermore, the United States Dept of Transportation Office of Aviation Enforcement & Proceedings produces a monthly Air Travel Consumer Report that includes airline animal incident reports. Here is the link: www.dot.gov/airconsumer/air-travel-consumer-report-archive

Click the year then the month then the airline you want to investigate. Then scroll through the pages of incident reports. I'm sure you will agree after reading the reports, and cause of injury or death, the majority of "losses" during air travel were NOT the fault of airline personnel. Many of the injuries & losses during transit are from self infliction by an {aggressive} animal, or "strong breed", not accustomed to his/her crate, or properly prepared by his/her breeder, or from underlying conditions the animal had BEFORE travel and not relayed to airline staff. Security measures are in place, and STRICTLY adhered to, for the protection, comfort, and safety of the animals just like they are for people. When the airline says they are not shipping live animal's today, there is a reason. In addition, shipper's are NOT REQUIRED to disclose underlying health issue's to airline staff at time of tender. I read a few reports where an animal escaped through an unlatched door. Airline personnel are not responsible for the assembly of the crate ... the shipper is. If the shipper does not check twice to be sure the door is latched BOTH at top AND bottom, of course there is potential for a bored or frustrated animal, that has not been properly prepared for travel BY THE SHIPPER, to escape. AGAIN, this is NOT the fault of airline personnel. It is also not the fault of airline personnel for dogs that chew through their crates and escape or injure themselves on rigid chewed up plastic on the inside of the crate or attached food/water dishes. The breed of dog and their age is also listed on each incident report. Be sure to read several of the incident reports in their entireties then determine your own conclusion for who is at fault regarding injury or loss during transit on the airline.