On June 18, 2018, United implemented several new policies and customer requirements for pet air transportation to improve the safety of the travel experience following a comprehensive review of our PetSafe® program in partnership with American Humane, the country’s first national humane organization. 

Throughout the remainder of the year, United and American Humane will continue to make enhancements as needed to further improve the safety and care of animal transportation. Please watch this video for important pre-flight tips from American Humane to prepare your pet to travel safely and comfortably.

PetSafe® is United’s specially designed program for transporting cats and dogs that are not eligible to travel in the aircraft cabin. United PetSafe offers airport-to-airport travel for cats and dogs traveling to approximately 300 destinations, and members of our PetSafe team are trained professionals who love animals and are dedicated to ensuring that all pets receive the best care throughout their entire journey.

Industry-leading comfort and safety features

We prioritize the safety and well-being of cats and dogs through every step of their journey with United PetSafe.

  • Operate over 80 custom-designed, climate-controlled vehicles to safely transport pets in all weather conditions
  • Pets are placed onto the aircraft last and removed first to minimize stress
  • In the air, pets remain secure and comfortable in climate-controlled, pressurized compartments
  • Onsite kennels and offsite facilities accommodate pets during long connection times and before international travel
  • Dedicated, specially trained PetSafe Customer Service Center is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • Plus, earn 500 MileagePlus® award miles for each PetSafe shipment within the U.S. and 1,000 miles for all other shipments*

*This offer is subject to change. See the complete rules of the MileagePlus program.


Find general information and guidelines regarding our shipping rates.

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Book travel with PetSafe

Request a booking by submitting our form or contacting your local pet shipper.

Required documents

Review and complete these documents prior to traveling to ensure a safe and smooth travel experience.

Before you book

Here are the factors and information you need to consider before reserving your pet’s travel on United via our PetSafe program.

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Preparing your pet for travel: Required documents

This section details the certificates, forms and photos you must present when you drop your pet off for travel to ensure they are prepared for a safe and healthy journey.

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Preparing your pet for travel: Crate requirements 

With your pet fully acclimated to a properly-sized and -constructed crate, they’ll be prepared to travel in safety and comfort.

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Day-of-travel preparations

There are just a few more things you need to do to prepare your pet and their crate for the best possible travel experience.

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At the airport on travel day

When and where to drop off your pet, and working with United PetSafe agents at the airport to ensure a safe journey.

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Frequently asked questions

Read the answers to common questions about United’s PetSafe program.

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PetSafe’s Performance Guarantee*

PetSafe provides a 100% refund of the shipping charges when pets do not travel as booked, if they are dropped off by the required time and meet all acceptance criteria. To request a refund according to the Performance Guarantee, please submit a claim request form.

*No refund will be paid if the delay was caused by weather conditions, mechanical delay of aircraft, or for any other reason beyond United's control. Performance Guarantee claims requests must be submitted within seven days of the promised time of availability.

Contact PetSafe

If you can't find the answers to your questions on the website, submit your question online.

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Updated PetSafe standards

Effective June 18, 2018, improved PetSafe standards went into effect. Standards will be updated continually and include the following:

New PetSafe EmbargoesEffective June 18, 2018, United PetSafe will*:
Animals Accepted for PetSafe
  • Accept cats and dogs ONLY. NO other household pets or animals will be accepted as PetSafe
Reservation and Travel Resume
  • Allow reservations beginning July 16, 2018 for pets traveling alone or on the same flight as their pet parent or guardian for travel beginning July 30, 2018.
BreedsNot accept reservations for the following brachycephalic (or short- or snub-nosed) dogs and cats and strong-jawed dog breeds*, out of concern for higher adverse health risks:

Dog Breeds

  • Affenpinscher
  • American Bully
  • American Pit Bull Terrier/Pit Bull
  • American Staffordshire Terrier/"Amstaff"
  • Belgian Malinois
  • Boston Terrier
  • Boxer
  • Brussels Griffon
  • Bulldog
    • American Bulldog
    • English Bulldog
    • French Bulldog
    • Old English Bulldogges
    • Shorty Bulldogs
    • Spanish Alano/Spanish Bulldog/Alano Espanol
  • Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
  • Chow Chow
  • English Toy Spaniel/Prince Charles Spaniel
  • Japanese Chin/Japanese Spaniel
  • Lhasa Apso
  • Mastiff
    • American Mastiff
    • Boerboel/South African Mastiff
    • Bullmastiff
    • Ca de Bou/Mallorquin Mastiff
    • Cane Corso/Italian Mastiff
    • Dogo Argentino/Argentinian Mastiff
    • Dogue de Bordeaux/French Mastiff
    • English Mastiff
    • Fila Brasileiro/Brazilian Mastiff/Cao de Fila
    • Indian Mastiff/Alangu
    • Kangal/Turkish Kangal
    • Neapolitan Mastiff/Mastino Napoletano
    • Pakastani Mastiff/Bully Kutta
    • Pyrenean Mastiff
    • Presa Canario/Perro de Presa Canario/Dogo Canario/Canary Mastiff
    • Spanish Mastiff / Mastin Espanol
    • Tibetan Mastiff
    • Tosa/Tosa Ken/Tosa Inu/Japanese Mastiff/Japanese Tosa
  • Pekingese
  • Pug
    • Dutch Pug
    • Japanese Pug
  • Shar-Pei/Chinese Shar-Pei
  • Shih-Tzu
  • Staffordshire Bull Terrier/"Staffys"
  • Tibetan Spaniel

Cat Breeds

  • Burmese
  • Exotic Shorthair
  • Himalayan
  • Persian

* Including mixed breeds

Weather Restrictions
  • Monitor weather and assess each location's capability of handling pets during extreme temperature or other operating conditions. United may decline pet acceptance or alter the routing if temperatures are outside of a safe range.
  • No longer accept reservations to and from the following airports annually between May 1 and Sept. 30, due to high temperature restrictions
    • Las Vegas (LAS)
    • Palm Springs (PSP)
    • Phoenix (PHX)
    • Tucson (TUS)
Reservation Timeframe
  • Accept reservations between 30 days in advance (maximum) and five (5) days (minimum) prior to travel
  • Require additional conditions for acceptance (see below) prior to reservation confirmation.
Additional conditions to approve pet for travel
  • Require the customer to provide PetSafe with several pieces of information (e.g. documents, photos, etc.) to avoid cancellation of the pet's reservation. PetSafe Customer Service Center will be able to provide additional details of this requirement at the time of booking
Locations Served
  • Not accept any reservations to and from India and Australia at this time. To confirm service in other locations, please contact the PetSafe Customer Service Center.
Flight Segments (Connections)
  • Place limitations on the number of connecting cities in the routing. Please consult the PetSafe Customer Service Center for available routings.
International Routings
  • Require international routing to be arranged through an International Pet and Animal Transportation Association (IPATA) pet shipper only. A list of IPATA members near you can be found at
  • Not accept crates taller than 30", including the 700 series crates.
  • No longer sell or provide crates at airport facilities. All cats and dogs traveling with a PetSafe reservation must have a compliant crate, which may be purchased via in advance for acclimation and travel.

* Last updated July 18, 2018; please note embargoes and information will be updated as detailed requirements are rolled out and is subject to change at any time.