Many families wonder if shipping is generally safe. The answer is yes!
Although shipping is never completely stress free, both travel by ground and by air are effective ways to get your new Moonlight Dreams bunny happily and safely to your family.
Option One: Pickup at Moonlight Dreams Rabbitry
Moonlight Dreams Rabbitry is located in Thomasville PA, about an hour north of the Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Airport (BWI).
I would be happy to welcome you to my rabbitry to pick up your bunny!
You may either drive here to Thomasville PA and back to your home or you may fly into Baltimore (BWI) and fly back home with your bunny. Bunnies are allowed to fly in-cabin with their new owner on some airlines.
Families choosing to fly back home with their bunny are entirely responsible for arranging flight plans.
During the reservation of your bunny, please select “Pickup at Moonlight Dreams” if you desire to pick up your bunny in person.
After reservations are complete, I will reach out to you to schedule a time slot for you to arrive at Moonlight Dreams Rabbitry to take your bunny home. At this time, I will also provide my home address so you may begin making travel plans. If you would like to meet somewhere local within 30 minutes of me, we can plan on that as well.
Your bunny will join you with their bunny bundle.
The pedigree or birth certificate will be emailed to you after you pick up your bunny.
Option Two: Shipping via Airline Cargo
I only ship via airline cargo within the contiguous USA through Alaska Airlines.
Families from Canada and Mexico can drive or fly into the USA to pick up their Moonlight Dreams bunny and then drive back over the border. However, they are responsible for satisfying the import rules of their specific country.
**Cargo shipping is only offered on the specified going home date unless previously discussed or if something were to happen to prohibit shipping on the original date.**
If you are desiring cargo shipping, please contact me with what airport you would like your bunny to be shipped to.
I only ship through Alaska Air Cargo and the list of cities I can possibly ship to can be found below. Cities on this list may be ineligible during certain times of the year because of temperatures.
Cargo shipping is $499 which includes your bunny’s airfare ticket, airline approved crate, absorbent pad, water and food dish. If selecting the cargo shipping option, you must agree to be available to pick up your rabbit on the specific date and at the specified airport.
***Please be flexible when requesting cargo shipping!***
Changes in weather and temperatures can cause flight delays or force the flight to be changed to a different date.
Bunnies tend to handle airline cargo traveling just as easily as traveling in a car. I would not provide this option if I did not feel 100% confident in doing so.
Once the bunny leaves my care after being checked in with the airline carrier, I am not responsible for any death, injury, or illness that occurs.
On the day of shipping, your bunny will be checked in with their airline carrier and supplies at the Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) Alaska Air Cargo facility. I will send you a quick photo of your bunny via email or text (whichever you prefer) to let you know they are on their way to you!
A quart size bag of your bunny’s pellet feed will be attached to the top of their airline carrier.
I will provide you with your bunny’s arrival time as well as the process of picking your bunny up from your airport’s cargo facility. You will need a state ID and the airway bill number, which I will provide, for you to pick up your bunny.
Once your bunny is dropped off at the airport, I will email you their pedigree or birth certificate.
I ask that you please email me once your bunny has arrived, letting me know that they have arrived safely.
Below is a link to the potentially eligible airports.
Find the one nearest to you and send me an email to request it.
Option Three: Shipping via Ground Transportation
*October/November 2022 Ground Transport Shipping*
This option is not always a possibility.
Small animal transport companies typically have runs every month or every other month. I will only use ground transport for one of my bunnies if the company is passing through my general Pennsylvania area at or after the time the bunny is able to leave my rabbitry.
Ground transport is only potentially available upon request and must be agreed upon and planned before you reserve your bunny. To request ground transport, please contact me.
I will check with the select group of trusted companies I work with to see if they will be passing through my area on one of their runs before heading to your area. Ground transport is NOT a door to door service. They have designated meeting stops. When requesting ground transport, please let me know how far you are willing to drive to meet a transporter.
If your ground transport request is approved, you would select “Ground Transport” under the shipping options at the time of reservation. The buyer is responsible for the fees to book ground transport, which are paid directly to the transporter.
Ground transportation fees currently are around $65-$100.
I personally charge $25 for travel to meet the transporter and extra feed required to be provided when holding bunnies past 10 weeks of age. I charge $50 for holding bunnies longer than 12 weeks of age.
On the day of transport, I will send you a quick photo of your bunny via email (or text) to let you know that they joined the ground transporter and are on their way to you!
Your bunny will join the transporter with feed to last the trip plus a quart-sized bag of feed for use in their new home.
Once your bunny is dropped off with the transporter, I will email you their pedigree or birth certificate.
Due to ground transport being a complicated process, it is important to remain 100% flexible.
The transporter’s estimated time of arrival at both my stop and yours may change by hours or sometimes even days.
If ground transport plans fall through for any reason, you must be open to either
picking up here at Moonlight Dreams Rabbitry or shipping via airline cargo. No refunds will be issued.
Ground transportation can potentially be more stressful than shipping via air cargo.
Your bunny will be on the road likely for several days. Once the bunny leaves my care, I am not responsible for any death, injury, or illness that occurs while the bunny is with the ground transporter.