SHIPPING SAVANNAH CATS

Shipping a Savannah Kitten in the United States


We ship our Savannah cats and kittens with Delta and United Airlines. They have both taken excellent care of our Savannahs. Shipping is safe and we can safely ship all year around. Shipping is a very simple process. We schedule a visit to our veterinarian to obtain a health certificate for travel. We will also schedule and book the flight for your kitten, emailing you the reference or Air Waybill number, pick up instructions, and flight itinerary. Flight bookings for our Savannah kittens can be made within 7 days of travel for most airlines. If two Savannah kittens are adopted, they can be shipped together in the same crate if they are of comparable size, for nearly the same cost.


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Information Needed for Shipping Domestic


To ship via airline, and for your Savannah kittens' health certificate, we need the following information:


     •     Your Full Name


     •     Immediate Contact Phone Number and Alternate if Available


     •     Your Physical Address


     •     Name of Nearest Major Airport(s) closest to you


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Instructions for Picking Up your Savannah Kitten and Cost


Generally you will pick up at the airlines' ticket counter or pet cargo facility/office. You must have a driver's license or a photo ID for pick up. You can also appoint another party to pick up in the event you are unable to, and their name can be added to the booking. The cost of shipping a Savannah kitten varies depending upon your location, the airline used, and typically costs around $225 in the continental United States. Unlike many breeders who charge $350 - $400 for shipping, we do not charge upfront for the shipping cost, but rather we pass the savings on to you and you will make payment directly to the airlines upon your Savannah kittens' arrival.


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Shipping a Savannah Kitten Internationally


Shipping internationally is more challenging, time consuming, and expensive than shipping within the United States. To what extent is determined by the country to which the Savannah kitten is being shipped.


Regulations for importing hybrid cats vary from one country to another. If you reside in a country outside of the United States and would like to adopt a Savannah kitten from Wild Tafari, we ask that you first check with your federal veterinarian or authorities in your country to verify that hybrid cats are allowed and if any generation of Savannah is not allowed. Stipulations can be placed on earlier generation Savannah cats with particular countries. (Example: Singapore only allows F5 and later generation Savannahs to be imported.)


To ship a Savannah kitten internationally, we must first process their TICA registration paperwork and receive their pedigree, then we will file for the CITES permit if needed. Once this is completed and the kitten is ready to go home, their international health certificate is obtained and endorsed by the USDA Federal Veterinarian if need be, a declaration of export is completed with the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, and a final inspection is completed by the USFWS before the Savannah kitten is cleared for export.


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CITES Permit and Rabies Vaccination


To export an F1, F2, F3, or F4 Savannah cat outside of the United States, we must have a CITES export permit, regardless of the country the kitten will be shipped to, which can take anywhere from four to twelve weeks to obtain. A copy will be emailed to the person purchasing the kitten, and at that time, the purchaser must apply for an import permit with their local officials. To export an F5 Savannah cat or later generation outside of the U.S., a CITES permit is not required which can speed the process of shipping exponentially.


Rabies vaccination requirements differ in regulation depending upon the country the Savannah kitten is being exported to. While some countries allow kittens under 12 weeks of age without a rabies vaccination, others require that the kitten not receive the rabies vaccination until at least the age of 12 weeks, and some countries necessitate this no matter the age. Also, certain countries will allow kittens into their borders the day following their rabies vaccination, while others require that a kitten not travel until 21-28 days after being given their rabies vaccination.


As for rabies-free countries, such as Singapore and Taiwan, they have strict regulations and requirements to be met before a Savannah kitten can be imported which begins with having a rabies vaccination, a blood titre test completed, a second rabies vaccination, and a time period in which the kitten must be quarantined here and wait before being exported into their country.


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International Health Certificate, Microchipping, and Carrier Regulations


For overseas travel, Savannah kittens are required to have an international health certificate to leave the United States, and most countries require it to be endorsed by a USDA federal veterinarian. Some countries dictate that the pet must depart within 24 hours of receiving this endorsement. Microchipping is also a requirement of many countries, though our kittens are always microchipped prior to leaving our home no matter where their destination. The Savannah kitten must be shipped in a larger pet carrier than is typically necessary for shipping within the continental United States, and must meet the requirements set forth by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and IATA Live Animal Regulations (LAR) and include the necessary provisions for safe travel.


Delta Airlines :  1-800-352-2746



United Airlines :  1-800-822-2746