Taking a Pet With You OTR

Lots of people like taking a dog or taking a cat over the road with them although most pets taken are dogs.  The way you can take a pet trucking is to make sure you go to a trucking company that allows you to take it. 

To find out if the company you are interested in driving for allows pets ask them, "Do you have a pet policy?"

The trucking company representatives will say they don't allow pets or they will tell you what they allow and what the policy regarding pets are.

Common Pet Policy Factors

  • Weight or size of animal allowed
  • Type of dog allowed
  • Paying a weekly fee
  • Paying a deposit

Taking a Pet Without Permission

People have asked me about sneaking a pet in the truck without permission.  Here is my take.....

If you are at a company and you never asked and the company doesn't say NOT to take a pet on the road, you are probably not going to get into trouble.  They might asked you to stop when they find out though.  It's there truck, I don't see why they couldn't legally do that.  However, these days with how things are, it will likely be some lawyer or group of people who says this is wrong. (Which is ridiculous to me, it's their business and property)

I digress....

If you are at a company that states pets are NOT allowed in the truck.  There is not room for interpretation.  You are breaking their policy.  You will likely get fined and you could be fired.

In both cases, you might get a bill if there is any damage to the truck.  That includes smells, scratches, chewed interior, etc.

Cats can really do a lot of cosmetic damage to a truck.

Trucking Companies That Allow Pets

Many trucking companies allow pets in the truck.  All you have to do is ask.

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