Etihad Cargo debuts Forever Home for animal rescues


This not-for-profit live animal at risk transportation policy further supports the UAE’s commitment to the protection of animals.

Etihad Cargo—the cargo and logistics arm of the Etihad Aviation Group—has released Forever Home to support not-for-profit live animal at risk transportation. The new policy allows the national carrier of the United Arab Emirate (UAE) to consider requests from credible rescue and animal welfare organizations for not-for-profit transportation of animals at risk.

“Forever Home reflects Etihad Cargo’s desire to assist in the relocation of live animal rescue missions, which may involve animals which have been abandoned, seized by authorities, or neglected, and can range from domestic animals to endangered species under CITES and the IUCN Red List– the multilateral treaty to protect endangered plants and animals,” said Martin Drew, senior vice president sales and cargo at Etihad Aviation Group, in a company release.

“This policy will ensure any rescue mission is conducted by an approved and reputable organization in line with Etihad Aviation Group’s own ethics and compliance,” he added.

Forever Home substantially extends Etihad Cargo’s existing animal welfare and conservation policy dedicated to detecting and instilling actions to help prevent the illegal wildlife trade and promote responsible and sustainable tourism.

“As one of the first airlines to sign the United for Wildlife Transport Taskforce Declaration, Etihad Cargo has a strong track record in animal welfare,” said Drew.

“Forever Home expands that commitment to cover all animals–whether they are pets, racehorses, or exotic species. All rescue requests will be subject to due diligence and, if approved, the rescue organizations or individuals can be assured of specialized animal transportation at the best possible rate," he continued.

According to the release, Etihad Cargo’s LiveAnimals and SkyStables products offer personalized solutions for transporting animals and horses—from family pets to global conservation projects. Etihad Cargo adheres to each regulatory requirement and ensures the safest treatment of all species within its care with dedicated handling, pallet build-up, and ramp transport by specially trained staff. In fact, the UAE’s national carrier recently achieved IATA Center of Excellence for Independent Validators (CEIV) Live certification for its LiveAnimals product.


Etihad Cargo launches forever home for animal rescues. News release. Etihad Cargo. February 16, 2022. February 17, 2022.

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