Transportation-The process

For a Rescue

  • Quarantine- Once an animal enters into a rescue, in most situations, we require at least a 10 -14 day quarantine period either in foster or a boarding facility. This gives the rescue time to get the animal vetted,spayed or neutered and ready for adoption and eventually,if needed,ready for transport to an adopter.
  • After Quarantine- After the QT period is over, the animal has been vaccinated,spayed or neutered and an adopter has been found. Transport can be arranged.
  • What is needed?
  1. First fill out a transport application. We require any information that the rescue may have on the potential adopter. Reference checks complete,vaccination records,adoption contract or agreement, home check complete and if the adopter is a renter of their residence, a letter of approval from their landlord. It will also be up to the rescue to provide a valid Health Certificate, valid for the duration of the transport.
  2. Once we receive the application, we will do our best to accommodate the request by arranging transport either by us or one of our partner transport groups. Having all the paperwork in order from the start will speed up the process. If we can not provide transport ourselves, we will put you in contact with a volunteer group that can.

For an adopter

  • Fill out a transport application. We require a copy of all vet records,the animal be spayed or neutered and a valid health certificate for the duration of travel. We will require that a home check be done of the adopter. If the adopter is renting their residence, then we will need a letter or approval from the landlord as well.
  • Once we receive the application, we will do our best to accommodate the request by arranging transport either by us or one of our partner transport groups. Having all the paperwork in order from the start will speed up the process. If we can not provide transport ourselves, we will put you in contact with a volunteer group that can.

These are just general guidelines to assist the rescue or an adopter. A more detailed copy of our guidelines can be found by clicking the button below.


Some think that putting a transport together for an animal that is in a shelter or already with a rescue's foster, is simple. We are here to tell you that its not. While some think that it is ok to just put an animal in a vehicle and run them up the road to another state, they are in fact causing more problems, spreading disease and they are breaking the law. Transporting one animal that has not been properly vetted and ends up having parvo, can put a transport vehicle out of service for up to 6 months.Transporting an animal without the proper paperwork, vaccination records,adoption agreement and a health certificate, can be costly. Penalties for this can be heavy fines, jail time and even confiscation of the animals on transport.

Contrary to what the general public thinks about their local animal shelter, not all of them provide the care needed of an animal. Shelters generally provide food and a place to stay until they are adopted, rescued or killed. Not all shelters are like this though. Most shelters are getting on board with adding vaccinations and spay and neuter services to their rescued or adopted animals program. This helps prevent the spread of disease tremendously. Not to mention, it makes the adoption process that much better. The adopter is getting an animal that has been altered, vaccinated and given a clean bill of health, one less cost the adopter has to provide. It also helps us speed up the transport process. We will outline below, the correct way a transport should be done. We have aligned ourselves with several rescue groups and transport groups to create guidelines for transportation of a sheltered or rescued homeless animal.The right and safe way.


Our local transport service is provided to rescues, fosters,adopters and some select shelters that we currently have agreements with. Transport is provided to those that meet our guidelines listed below. We can currently transport within a 300 mile round trip radius of our home base in North Carolina. Fees are based on the destination of the animal(s). We are a 501c3 nonprofit organization, 100% all volunteer. We rely on our donors and supporters to make these transports happen.

We also provide a local "pet Taxi" service to those in our community and surrounding communities that are unable to get their pet to the veterinarian,groomer,pet sitter or boarding facility. To schedule a "pet taxi" event, please click the button below.


Every state has different requirements, set forth by the USDA/APHIS branch of the government, on the importation of domestic animals. Our guidelines, found above, have taken those requirements for each state and combined them so that every animal meets the requirements of every state. This makes it easier for all parties involved and insures that the animal(s) have the correct vaccinations and paperwork. These requirements are based on the state that the animal will reside in. For your convenience, we have put each states requirements below.

State Requirements for Animal Importation

Long Distance Transport-Currently Not in Service

Local Transport

Our long distance transport vehicle is not in service as of yet. We have a plan to purchase a vehicle similar to this one pictured, and hope to get enough support and funding this year to get one in service. We do work with other volunteer "chain transport" groups that can assist you in your transport needs. Please contact us if we can assist you in anyway.

If you would like more information on our long distance transport vehicle and plans, please click the button below. It will take you to our New Vehicle Proposal page where you can see detailed information about the vehicle and our plan to transport homeless animals.

Transportation-A general outline

A 501c3 Nonprofit organization

Saving Homeless Animals Nationwide

Maverick Pet Transportation & Rescue,Inc.