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Pets Fly Happy With Us

Our Pet Connect™ animal travel service provides quality care when transporting your live animals such as dogs, cats, birds and other animals (subject to approval). 

We are committed to the proper care of your animal while in transit because we understand pets are a part of the family. Our staff cares about your animal's well-being and are committed to providing a safe and comfortable journey from start to finish. Pet Connect animal travel offers options for transporting your pet safely, and the following pages offer helpful tips and information to prepare your pet for take-off. 

Are you planning to travel on the same flight with your pet? Animals traveling with a passenger are subject to different regulations. 

How to Transport Your Pet

Follow our step-by-step guide through the process of transporting your pet. We provide details on each step in getting your pet safely to their destination.


Pet Connect reservations are accepted a minimum of 24 hours and a maximum of 30 days before travel. Reservations requiring travel partially on other airlines domestically or international travel must be booked within three to seven business days prior to travel.

Contact the Cargo Call Center to make a reservation.
5:00 am - 9:00 pm PST

Kennel Requirements



Kennel Size Chart

Model 100 200 300 400 500
(in) L x W x H
21 x 16 x 15 27 x 20 x 19 32 x 22 x 24 36 x 24 x 26 40 x 27 x 30
Tare Weight
9 lbs 14 lbs 20 lbs 24 lbs 28 lbs
Model Dimensions
(in) L x W x H
Tare Weight
100 21 x 16 x 15 9 lbs
200 27 x 20 x 19 14 lbs
300 32 x 22 x 24 20 lbs
400 36 x 24 x 26 24 lbs
500 40 x 27 x 30 28 lbs
The maximum dimensions (inches) for belly load kennels on Alaska Airlines are 53 L x 48 W x 34 H.
The maximum dimensions (inches) for kennels on Horizon Air are 40 L x 27 W x 30 H.
  • Regional aircraft: Not to exceed 150 pounds and 40 L x 27 W x 30 H (in). 
  • Minimum size accepted is a size 100 kennel: Approximately 21 L x 16 Wide x 15 H (in). 
  • Kennels equipped with wheels must have them removed. 
Containers may be available for purchase at some stations for Pet Connect shipments traveling on Alaska Airlines. For additional information regarding containers, please contact our Cargo Call Center at 1-800-225-2752.

Certificate Requirements

Health Certificate

All warm-blooded animals traveling as cargo must have a certificate issued by a licensed veterinarian that certifies the animal: ​Proof of parvovirus vaccination is required for animals traveling to the cities of Nome or Kotzebue. Contact the Alaska Air Cargo service center for more information.

Rabies Certificate

A rabies vaccination certificate is required for transport between the Lower 48 states to/from Alaska, as well as within the state of Alaska. A combined health/rabies certificate is acceptable. Dogs or cats less than three months old do not require a rabies certificate.

Certificate of Acclimation

We allow pets to travel when the weather at both the departure and arrival city is between 45 and 85 degrees (Fahrenheit). We can make exceptions for greater temperature variances if your pet has a certificate of acclimation from your vet specifying temperatures to which your animal is accustomed.