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Escorting Animals back to the US

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Escorting Animals back to the US

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.

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1. Re: Escorting Animals back to the US

Great info. - thank you zman.

If anyone has done this back to Canada, I'd love to hear about it (there was a lady on the Cancun-Calgary Westjet flight on October 11th who brought an adopted dog home on that flight, so I know it can be done).

Edited: 05 November 2013, 14:35
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2. Re: Escorting Animals back to the US

Brian,

Congrats on taking some pooches back. We've taken back two for other people with no issues whatsoever.

When our last dog passed away, we were fortunate to find a rescue in Cozumel that was the exact same breed as our previous. She now travels back and forth with us 4-5 times a year.

The Humane Society of Cozumel has a FB page. They regularly post where they need to ship dogs and cats.

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I might add to that Mark, that Marimba is awesome!

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4. Re: Escorting Animals back to the US

We love our little Cozumel dog. Escorted back for us by our favorite LocoGringa back in 2009.

We are eternally grateful to her for bringing Riana (name's Isla, now) back for us from Cozumel Humane Society.

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5. Re: Escorting Animals back to the US

Good idea, Zman, to explain how easy and rewarding it is. I brought two kittens back in April and the hardest part was giving them to their new owners. I could easily have kept them!!! The little girl who was waiting for them at the airport, with her mum, was over the moon. They even gave me flowers!!!

It was a wonderful experience and the HS is absolutely rock solid in how they arrange and facilitate the whole process.

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We brought our three mutts back a few years ago and I have escorted many times. West jet is the bomb. The Cozumel end is super easy and Canada customs has always been easy and as Zman says it is a very minimal delay. Meeting fellow animal lovers at the airport that have trusted you to bring the dogs home for them is very rewarding

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Good for you guys. I brought back a kitty the last time (last April). By the way, I believe Andrea said I was the very first to escort an animal from Cozumel. It was Bigotes the terrior that now makes a nice lady in Lansing, MI very happy. Kind of makes you feel good all over when you do this too. It extends your Cozumel vacation, so if you have not volunteered, please do so. G

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Michigan Old Lady, I remember you doing that - your special trip just to pick him up. It was a wonderful story and you were a STAR!!!

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9. Re: Escorting Animals back to the US

BeCoz, I know what you mean about not wanting to hand the dogs over. We have wanted to kidnap all 3.

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10. Re: Escorting Animals back to the US

Zman, it sounds like any of them would have been lucky to be "dognapped" by you. The HS does an amazing job, and there are a lot of very dedicated, kindly people on our favourite little island.

The Humane Society is a great place to visit while you are there.