Pets and breakdowns

What happens to your pets when you break down?

We know how much you love your pets and don’t want them to get stranded if you break down.

What the AA can do

Whether you have pets with you or not, we'll work hard to get you and your vehicle to safety.

If we can't repair your vehicle on the roadside, we'll need to tow your vehicle.

It is at the discretion of the Patrol, and solely at the owner’s risk, to allow your pet to ride with you in the recovery vehicle or in the towed vehicle.

In most cases, your pet will need to ride in the towed vehicle due to health and safety reasons, like allergies.

What you can do

Tell us about your pets

When you contact us during a break down, make sure you tell us if you have animals with you.

This is especially important if you have an assistance animal, like a guide dog. We can then give you tailored guidance on what to do next.

Prepare for a breakdown

You never know when your vehicle could break down, but you can plan ahead to keep your pet safe and secure if you do:

  1. Have a safe and well-ventilated crate or carrier in your vehicle.
  2. Have water, food and waste bags in case you need them.

If your vehicle breaks down, make sure you take your pet with you to a safe location, away from any traffic.

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