Amazon Canada is selling the Petmate Curvations Top Load 19 inch pet carrier for $27.69, originally $82.49.
The pet carrier has both a top zippered mesh door and a metal front door, which allows easy entry or exit for your pets from whichever angle. While small dogs might prefer the front door, I know many cats (like mine) are not keen on going through that door into a dark cave. Some cats would prefer to just be placed in the carrier through the top. This gives you the option of either. It also makes your pet easily accessible at all times. The design has lots of small side holes for ventilation and viewing. In addition, the top mesh provides extra ventilation for your pet. The carrier features a solid plastic base for strength and stability with a steel front door and secure latch. The top half is softer, almost fabric-like according to one reviewer, but still holds its shape well. To this top is secured the zippered top opening and an adjustable padded shoulder strap for transporting.
For anyone who cares about esthetics, this carrier is also rather nice looking. The fabric-like material has a very pretty black and white pattern on it that certainly looks better than any carrier I have ever owned. The carrier assembles via nuts and bolts, so I suggest having a couple tools handy to make assembly easier (tools not necessary but helpful). Just be careful not to over-tighten the bolts or you risk cracking the plastic.
Most reviewers are super happy with their purchase. One reviewer said:
Overall, I HIGHLY recommend this carrier! It met all my needs, was not too expensive, and it's cute! Can't ask for more!
While some reviewers have found it difficult to assemble, another reviewer commented that:
I just purchased this carrier from petco for $31.00. It was easy to assemble. However the wingnuts did give my fingers a workout but wasn't a problem for me, just adding it as a side note.
Since you will only have to assemble the pet carrier once, the finger workout should not be a deterrent. The carrier is very attractive, appears to be well built, and has that extra convenient feature of a second door. As the carrier costs over $25, it will ship for free to your house from Amazon Canada.