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Amtrak Announces Expansion of New Policy Allowing Pets on Select Trains

Amtrak has announced that it is expanding its Pets Aboard program and passengers will now be able to travel with small pets on select east coast and Northeast Corridor trains. The select routes are from Boston to Lynchburg, Newport News and Norfolk, Va., and between Boston and Brunswick, Maine. Amtrak will designate one car on passenger trains for pets and there will be reasonable requirements for pet owners who take advantage of the policy, such as keeping the pet in a kennel or carrier on trips shorter than seven hours and paying a fee that covers the costs. KC Theisen, director of Pet Care Issues for The Humane Society of the United States issued the following statement:

"So many people find themselves in extremely difficult situations when they have no one to care for a pet when they’re traveling or need to permanently relocate. This program creates more opportunities for pets to remain with their families during travel, no matter the circumstance. We applaud Amtrak for keeping pets on the right side of the tracks and pioneering such a progressive program.”

Reps. Jeff Denham, R-Ca. and Steve Cohen, D-Tenn. and Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., Mark Kirk, R-Ill. and Dianne Feinstein, D-Ca. introduced legislation (H.R. 674 and S. 1087) that requires Amtrak to develop a policy that allows people to travel with their pets


Media Contact: Cheylin Parker; 240-599-6848, cparker@humanesociety.org