Many of you may be flying this summer with your pets. Many pet owners wonder whether they pick up their pet at the international airport or only at their final destination. Since pets are generally transported as baggage, they go through the same procedures as baggage. If a pet does not require quarantine at the port of entry, then an international traveler would pick up both luggage and the pet at international baggage claim. They would then go through customs and re-check both luggage and the pet for the domestic flight to their final destination.
When travelers fill out their customs declaration cards, they must declare any animals traveling with them on the card.
Check with your airlines when you book your flight because each airline has its own policy. For more information, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/importation/traveling-with-pets.html