Rental Car Company Pet Policies

If you travel with your pet, chances are you'll have to rent a car at some point. Here are rental company pet policies, and tips for traveling with a dog.

If you travel with your pet, chances are you’ll have to rent a car at some point or another. Luckily, most rental car companies in the United States are pet-friendly. Whether you need a vehicle for a multi day road trip or just a few hours, you should be able to bring your pup with you. 

Here are rental company pet policies, and a few tips for traveling with your dog in a rental car. 

If you travel with your pet, chances are you'll have to rent a car at some point. Here are rental company pet policies, and tips for traveling with a dog.

Tips For Traveling With A Dog In A Rental Car

  • Bring Gear: We recommend traveling with a pet carrier and/or crate, and a pet carseat or pet seatbelt. This will keep your pet safe in case of accidents, and prevent them for distracting you while driving. 
  • Pack A Blanket or Towel: Cover the seats for easy clean up. 
  • Clean Up Supplies: A lint roller or one of these will help remove any fur at the end of your trip. 
  • Speak To The Rental Company: Always contact the rental location before booking to confirm their policy. 

Alamo Car Rental Pet Policy

Pets are allowed in Alamo’s rental vehicles. Customers need to keep pets crated and return their rental car in clean condition and free of pet hair to avoid extra cleaning and/or detailing fees. Service animals accompanying customers with disabilities are allowed in the vehicle without a carrier.

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Avis Car Rental Pet Policy

Avis does not have a strict pet policy, but please be sure to return your rental car in clean condition and free of pet hair to avoid extra cleaning fees.

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Budget Car Rental Pet Policy

Housebroken pets are invited to travel in your rental car, just as they do in your personal car. Although Budget doesn’t assess an extra fee for pets, pet owners will incur an additional charge for any damage caused by animals, or any special cleaning required as a result of shedding or accidents.

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Dollar Car Rental Pet Policy

Pet policies vary by location. Please contact reservations to determine the policy at your rental location.

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Enterprise Rent-A-Car Pet Policy

Pets are allowed in rental vehicles. Customers need to keep pets crated and return their rental car in clean condition and free of pet hair to avoid extra cleaning and/or detailing fees. Service animals accompanying customers with disabilities are allowed in the vehicle without a carrier.

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Hertz Pet Policy

Domestic pets are allowed in Hertz vehicles, but excessive pet hair, soiling and/or damage caused by animals will result in an extra cleaning charge.

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National Car Rental Pet Policy

Pets are allowed in rental vehicles. Customers need to keep pets crated and return their rental car in clean condition and free of pet hair to avoid extra cleaning and/or detailing fees. Service animals accompanying customers with disabilities are allowed in the vehicle without a carrier.

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Payless Car Rental Pet Policy

Pet policies vary by location. Please contact reservations to determine the policy at your rental location.

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Thrifty Car Rental Pet Policy

Pet policies vary by location. Please contact reservations to determine the policy at your rental location.

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Zipcar Pet Policy

Pets are only permitted in a Zipcar within a locked carrier. Customers need to keep pets crated and return their Zipcar in clean condition and free of pet hair to avoid extra cleaning and/or detailing fees.

Service animals accompanying disabled members or passengers with disabilities are an exception. These animals are allowed in the car without a pet carrier. If you need to bring a service animal into a Zipcar, you should alert the company so that they can clean the car for the next member.

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Click here for more information on pet-friendly road trips. 


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If you travel with your pet, chances are you'll have to rent a car at some point. Here are rental company pet policies, and tips for traveling with a dog.

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