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A Guide to Health Certificates for Transport

Updated: Dec 27, 2023

Embarking on the heartwarming journey of fostering a dog is an incredible commitment, and for those looking to transport their foster pup, a health certificate is a crucial step in ensuring a safe and seamless transition. In this guide, we'll break down the essential vaccination requirements, where to obtain a health certificate, and key details for filling out transport information.

Vaccination Requirements:

Before your foster dog can hit the road, it's essential to ensure they meet specific vaccination criteria, based on their age:

For dogs over 16 weeks:

- Rabies Vaccination

- 2 DHPP Vaccinations

- Bordetella

For puppies under 16 weeks:

- 3 DHPP Vaccinations

- Bordetella

Where to Obtain a Health Certificate:

Living in the Rio Grande Valley (RGV), San Antonio, or Houston? Here are trusted locations to obtain a health certificate:

Rio Grande Valley:

Texas Wellness

- Address: 900 N Ware Rd, McAllen, TX 78501

San Antonio:

Callaghan Road Animal Hospital

- Address: 7830 Louis Pasteur, San Antonio, Texas 78229


610 Pet Lodge

- Address: 10026 Whiteside Ln, Houston, TX 77080

Transport Information and Health Certificate Form:

If you need to complete Sender/Receiver information on a health certificate for transport, ensure you fill in the necessary details accurately. Here's the information you'll need:

Sender (Your Information or Transport Company):

- Common example: Lucky Tails Express

- Address: 218 Pine Branch Dr., Spring TX, 77388

- Phone: 773-949-2918

Receiver (Destination):

- Shenandoah Shepherd Rescue

- Address: 122 Littlewing Way, Stephens City, VA 22655

- Phone: 703-967-2944

As you prepare to transport your foster dog, prioritizing their health and safety is paramount. Obtaining a health certificate not only ensures compliance with necessary vaccinations but also contributes to the overall well-being of your furry companion during their journey. Make the process smoother by adhering to these guidelines and providing your foster dog with the care they deserve as they embark on their new adventure. Safe travels!

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