Traveling with a pet can be stressful on both our four-legged friends and us guardians who love them so much that we don’t want to leave them behind. It’s nice to know that Sherpa pet carriers alleviates some of that angst with its Auto Safe Strap™ feature that is now standard on all of its carriers and its Guaranteed On Board™ program.
Whether you’re traveling by car or air, rest assured that Sherpa Pet Group has your precious cargo in mind with its Sherpa pet carrier products. The company dates back to 1990 when former flight attendant and pet lover Gayle Martz founded it. We can thank Martz for being instrumental in advocating for pets to travel in cabin. Now under the Quaker Pet Group, Sherpa continues to develop new products for petsetters by working with major airline carriers such as American Airlines, United, Southwest, US Airways, JetBlue and Delta Air Lines.
Through this partnership, Sherpa created its proprietary Guaranteed on Board program, ensuring pet-toting travelers know how to be in compliance with airline rules and regulations. Be aware that the space under airline seats designated for carriers varies not just from one carrier to another but sometimes from one aircraft to another though the carrier is the same. You can be a nervous wreck wondering if your precious pet will be allowed to travel on board with you.
This is where Sherpa’s Guaranteed on Board program proves beneficial. Should a pet parent be denied boarding due to the carrier, Quaker Pet Group will refund the cost of the ticket and pet fee. For details, visit Sherpa’s Guaranteed on Board page. Because Sherpa pet carriers squish, some airlines even specify in their pet policies that they are more lenient when it comes to dimensions of a Sherpa bag.
However, the soft-sided carrier works for and against the brand. Sherpa pet carriers are great for airplanes when size does matter. But in a car, Sherpa’s soft-sided material won’t stand up to Sleepypod, which uses ballistic nylon (think Tumi luggage!) for its super sturdy carriers.
Nonetheless, Sherpa is looking out for petsetters who travel by automobile. Sherpa has developed Auto Safe Straps on its carriers to make it easy for you pet parents to secure your pets and carriers inside the car. The strap is attached to every Sherpa pet carrier so your seat belt easily slides through for added security. Sherpa is aware of an increasing number of states’ legislation for safe pet travel in vehicles, including harnesses and Auto Safe straps. New Jersey, for instance, now considers driving with unrestrained pets an act of animal cruelty.
Feline fanatics will be happy to know that there are Sherpa pet carriers specific for cats that feature metal mesh, built to withstand sharper feline claws.
In addition to carriers, Sherpa makes a variety of tote styles designed for on-foot outings such as restaurants or shopping. With more stores and restaurant patios becoming pet friendly, our furry friends are able to accompany us more places than ever.
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