I know a number of fellow forum members have escorted dogs back from Mexico, but I figured I would post this to let people know just how easy it is to do.
We have had the pleasure of escorting 3 dogs back to Chicago from Cozumel both times having coordination between the Cozumel Humane Society and The Playa Animal Rescue (PAR). I want to explain just how easy and painless this process is for the escort. A representative of the Humane Society or PAR will be with you every step of the way during check in at the airport to make sure everything goes smoothly. They will pay for anything and bring all necessary documents.
The first time we brought a dog back it was small enough to be able to fly in the main cabin under our seat. This process may have added a grand total of 5 minutes to the travel day, which occurs while they run the credit card payment (paid for by the Humane Society or PAR representative) and check the paperwork on the animal. We had to clear customs in Dallas and all they did was check the paperwork again along with our customs form, and we were on our way home.
The second time we escorted, we brought back 2 dogs that came over on the ferry from PAR. These dogs were a little larger and had to fly cargo. The people at the airport in Cozumel were wonderful in the handling and care of these animals. After getting the dogs checked in, we were allowed to take them back outside until 45 minutes before the flight. We then had to bring the dogs to a special security area for the kennel and then the dogs to be screened. They were then held in a shaded area until they were put on the plane. We then went through security ourselves and on to the plane. The dogs were put on the plane at the last possible second, they were put on and we pulled away from the gate 5 minutes later. Upon arriving in Dallas we claimed them in the customs area, the Customs agent briefly looked at their paperwork and thru we went. Once clearing customs before re-checking them they had to get re-screened by a TSA agent, which took about 15 minutes. Before being checked we were able to take the dogs outside for a walk and bathroom break, we had lots of time so we had them outside for 30 minutes. Once the dogs were rescreened by TSA, their cage was zip tied closed and sent out to the plane. Upon arriving in Chicago we claimed them in the baggage claim area for oversized items. The entire process added maybe 25 minutes total to the travel time, 10 minutes in Mexico and 15 minutes in customs in the US.
I am hoping by providing a step by step report of the process it may ease the minds of those worried about adopting or escorting and animal home from Mexico. For us it makes the sting of going home from paradise a little easier. The entire process is easy and painless for the escorts.