Partners With Banfield Pet Hospital For Fur-St Class Pet Care
By Shane Nolan
April 10, 2012 - Alaska Airlines announced an exclusive
partnership with Banfield Pet Hospital, the nation's
largest general veterinary practice, to help travelers
prepare their pets for takeoff.
With more than 800 hospitals in 43 states, Banfield Pet
Hospital is offering Alaska Airlines customers traveling
with or shipping their pets a free office visit, travel
consultation and $10 discount on a health certificate,
which is required for all pets traveling in the cabin,
as baggage or as air cargo.
"We know pets play an important role in our lives and we
share Alaska's commitment to fostering the human-pet
bond by being one of the leading airlines for pet
travel," said Dr. Karen Johnson, vice president and
client advocate for Banfield Pet Hospital.
"When it comes to pets, there is nothing more important
than ensuring their health and safety whether at home or
on a trip. We're proud to partner with such a
well-respected organization that has a great track
record of pet safety during travel."
Alaska Airlines employees receive specialized training in safely transporting pets and follow strict guidelines established by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in conjunction with the Animal Plant Health Inspection Service and the Consumer Division of the Department of Transportation.
The carrier's pet-friendly practices were recognized by
the website Smarter Traveler.com when it named Alaska
the "Most Pet-Friendly Airline" in 2009.
addition to allowing customers to travel with their pets in the
cabin through its Fur-st Class Care service, the airline also
offers PetStreak Animal Express service for shipping animals via
air freight in a safe and caring environment when their owner
isn't traveling with them. To celebrate the new partnership with
Banfield Pet Hospitals, Alaska Air Cargo is offering a 10
percent discount on PetStreak Animal Express shipments through
June 9, 2012.
"Alaska is one of
few airlines that still welcomes pets onboard both in the cabin and the
cargo hold and we're committed to pet care and safety," said Torque
Zubeck, managing director of Alaska Air Cargo. "We are proud to partner
with Banfield Pet Hospital to provide our customers a professional
resource for ensuring their pet is prepared, safe and comfortable during
To further enhance
pet well-being, Alaska Airlines is implementing new kennel standards for
animals traveling in the airplane hold, starting May 1, 2012. Kennels
will require nut-and-bolt locks to ensure the animals remain safely in
their kennel throughout their travel. Alaska Airlines flew nearly 83,000
pets throughout its route system last year.
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