Whether you are moving a long distance, or sending your chinchilla to a new home, here is some information on how to set up shipping your chinchilla. Chinchillas must be shipped by airline. They cannot be shipped by FedEx, UPS, or USPS.
Traveling with your pet
If you are traveling with your pet, you may be able to bring him or her in cabin with you. You need to book in advance because there is a limit on the number of animals allowed per flight. Having your chinchilla in cabin with you is best because you will be better able to control the temperature, this is especially important during warm months where shipping would otherwise not be possible. You will need a small carrier that can fit under the seat.
Sending your pet alone
If your chinchilla is flying alone and will be picked up by someone else at it’s destination, the chinchilla will be shipped as cargo. Call the pet counter to set up the flight. It is important to take in consideration temperatures of departure, destination, and any layover cities as pets may be exposed outdoors for longer periods of time while loading, unloading, and waiting. Usually, your pet will be dropped of at the baggage counter, you fill out some papers, and the carrier is inspected, labeled, and secured. You will probably need to provide some food and a water bottle. Depending on the airline, you may or may not need a veterinary health certificate. Your pet will most likely need to be picked up at the baggage or cargo counter at the destination airport.
Most likely the carrier will need to be labeled, some pet stores sell kits for labeling animal shipments.
Continental Airlines (if flying alone, use quickpack)