1. Ground transport: Hippity Hop Express or Haulin’paws transport services
If you happen live near their routes, Hippity Hop Express or Haulin’paws transport services can deliver your pet rats by ground transport. Hippity Hop Express primarily services the East Coast, and charges $25 to ship a small Kritter Keeper of rats (big enough for a few babies) and $50 to ship a large Kritter Keeper (big enough for 2-3 adults or a mama and a few of her babies.) Haulin’Paws has a much more extensive route, and costs will vary. You can purchase a Small or Medium Transport Package from us which includes a Kritter Keeper and 2 DietGels. Small is good for 1 adult or 2-3 babies and medium is for 2 adults or 3-4 babies. DietGels supply water and nutrition during the trip.
2. Air Transport: PET PROS
PET PROS will ship rats from Orlando to anywhere in the USA. Price varies by destination, and door to door service is available.
PET PROS request we use Taconic’s transit cages, which are $50 plus tax. They come with a gel pack that provides food and water during transit. You can ship several rats per cage, depending on the age.
If you decide to have your rats shipped, you will need to fill out Pet Pros’ online form. You will be responsible for any fees associated with their shipping, including any vet fees in case Pet Pros requires a health certificate for travel to your destination. The shipping crate is 11″ x 18″ x 8″ and weighs about 2 lbs including the gel pack. Adult rats weigh about 1 lb and babies about 0.25 lbs.
Picking out your rats by video conference prior to shipment
If you will have your rats delivered to you, you have the option to pick out your rats by live video conference. We have a walk-in cage where the rats will be free to run and play, and interact with us. You will be able to evaluate their appearance, health, and behaviour and decide which ones you prefer. We will then take videos and photos, which we will send to you prior to shipment, so you can get ready for the arrival of your new little friends!
3. Vacation in Orlando for $136 and bring home a pet!
Many airlines will allow you to bring rat cages with you in the cabin. Policies vary, so please contact your airline for their policy regarding rats in the cabin.
Your pet rats are welcome to stay with you overnight in the cottage (in their cage, of course.)
You can bring your own carrier cage with you, or purchase one from us. If you are flying, we recommend using a Taconic’s transit cage. They are $50 plus tax, and come with a gel pack that provides food and water during transit. You can ship several rats per cage, depending on the age. If you are driving, we comment using a Kritter Keeper. A small is $12 (good for an adult or several babies) and a large is $25 (good for 2-3 adults or a mama rat and some babies.) We also recommend purchasing a DietGel from us for $5 to ensure they don’t get hungry or thirsty during the trip.