Pet Adoption Checklist

So, you want to adopt a cat or a dog from abroad

Our checklist will help you get things done in the right order

Pet Adoption Checklist

For your convenience, we have described the whole process of pet adoption and travel in several steps, added some useful links and relevant information. We are ready to help you at any stage!

Step 1

If you see a photo of a pet on the 100 Tails website, it means that the pet is healthy, has visited a veterinarian, and has been treated for parasites.

Go straight to week 3.

If you find a dog or cat outside of our site - proceed in order!

Before You Start
Before You Start
Check the docs

Contact the shelter from which you are adopting a pet, check the availability of documents and vaccinations. This is also the right time to define if the pet has any injuries and illnesses or behavioral issues.

If the pet doesn't have a passport, it's time to purchase one. All vet marks will be listed in this document.

Get the Adoption Agreement - you will sign it upon pet's arrival.

1 Week
1 Week
Vet check, bloodwork, anthelmintic therapy.
Your pet should get an obligatory treatment for ectoparasites and worms.
For cats the FIP test is mandatory.
A blood titer test for pet dogs and cats is required by many rabies-free countries and rabies-controlled countries. This will help your pet avoid quarantine or reduce it.
The shelter staff and volunteers will help you organize the process.
Financial support of 100 Tails can be provided.
2 Week
2 Week
Complex vaccination - 7 days after anthelmintic therapy
Mandatory vaccines: rabies, leptospirosis, distemper, hepatitis, parvovirus, parainfluenza. Most vaccinations require a 2-stage vaccination with an incubation period of up to 1 month.
Financial support of 100 Tails can be provided.
Step 2

When the choice of a friend is already over and you are convinced that your pet is is healthy, you can start preparing documents

3 Week
3 Week
Microchip and an International Travel Passport
A standard travel passport is required for international flights.
Microchips and international pet database registration are necessary so that if something happens, your pet can be found and returned to you in any city in the world.
How does it work: If a microchip is installed and can be detected by the scanner, it will reveal the microchip's unique number. You then need to check the microchip at It tells you which organization your chip is registered with. Then go to that registry and look up your microchip's number.
Paid by the new owner. Average cost - 110 USD
4 Week
4 Week
Vaccination against rabies

From the moment of this vaccination, at least 30 days must pass before the pet is allowed to travel abroad. This is not required for travel within the Russian Federation.
Paid for by the new owner. Average cost - 50 USD
Financial support of 100 Tails can be provided
Step 3

Preparing for the journey

5 Week
5 Week
Preparing for the flight.
Travel documents, visiting a federal vet inspection, examination, certification
Your pet will need a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection to travel, and some airlines require an acclimation certificate, as well. Both of these certificates can only be completed and signed by a federally accredited veterinarian.

Paid by the new owner. Average cost - 75 USD
Financial support of 100 Tails can be provided.
6 Week
6 Week
Selection and purchase of air tickets

The cost of tickets depends on the size of the animal and the carriage for transportation:
from 85 USD for a kitten in the cabin to 650 CAD for a Labrador in cargo on an international flight. Some airports have their fees, too!

Paid by the new owner.
Most of our travel companions are volunteers, but you can offer them a reward. The pet ticket is purchased in addition to the travel companion ticket and is paid for by the new owner. All airlines have different rules for transporting pets - here are some of them.
Step 4

Left just a little bit! We can help you find an accompanying person for a new family member. This will greatly speed up and reduce the cost of the process.

5 Week
5 Week
Buying a pet carrier
The carrier or cage, paid for by the new owner, remains your property. Travel crates or carriers provide a safe, enclosed space for your dog to travel in comfort - please choose them carefully.
These crates differ from a home crate with a few extra features, including providing ways to secure them during travel
Note: Be sure to check that your air travel crate meets the TSA’s guidelines. For travel in a hold, you will need a carrier with an IATA standard lock.
The carrier should be big enough for the animal to stand freely inside + 5 cm above its head.
For transportation of animals up to 8 kg in the cabin, you'll need a soft carrying bag.
Carrying delivery is ordered to the address of the shelter where the cat or dog starts their journey.
7-8 Week
7-8 Week
Foster home and transportation
Before the trip, your cat or dog may be placed in a foster family for the purpose of socialization, neutering, etc.
We help with this, as well as with delivery to the airport, and even to another city!
Volunteer support of 100 Tails can be provided.
8 Week
8 Week
Payment of state duties, vet check upon arrival
The state duty from $ 20 USD to $ 50 USD is paid by the travel companion upon arrival (at the airport). Paid by the new owner to the travel volunteer

Hooray! Meet your new family member!

We strongly suggest that the veterinarian performs a physical examination of your new pet right upon arrival. Health checks are designed to assess the risk of potential medical conditions that could develop during flight, and spot any warning signs that we might not have noticed.
Travel documents
A couple more official docs - just so you know how they look (we will help you with the paperwork).
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