Importing dogs into the United States for resale, whether through retail or wholesale channels or fee-based adoption, is covered under the Animal Welfare Act (AWA). Congress added this section to the AWA in 2008 and APHIS published specific regulations in 2014. 2148 Importation of live dogs (a) Definitions (1) Importer – The term of ‘importer’ means any person who, for purposes of resale, transports into the United States puppies from a foreign country. (2) Resale – The term ‘resale’ includes any transfer of ownership or control of an imported dog of less than 6 months of age to another person, for more than de minimis consideration. #2148, pg 18 No person shall import a dog into the United States for purposes of resale unless, as determined by the Secretary of Agriculture. #2148, pg 19 To import a dog into the U.S. for resale purposes, the animal must be: • in good health; • vaccinated for rabies and distemper, hepatitis, leptospirosis, parvovirus, and parainfluenza virus (DHLPP); • at least 6 months of age. Specific paperwork must accompany the dog on its trip to the U.S. This includes: • a health certificate and rabies vaccination certificate, issued in English by a veterinarian with a valid license to practice veterinary medicine in the country of export; and • an import permit issued by APHIS. #2148 pg 19 *The AWA provides exceptions to these requirements for dogs imported for resale for research purposes or for veterinary treatment and subsequent resale. Also, the AWA provides an exception to the 6 month age requirement for dogs imported to Hawaii from the British Isles, Australia, Guam, or New Zealand. How to obtain a permit APHIS eFile The quickest and easiest way to apply for a Permit for the importation of live dogs for resale (including fee- based adoption), is to use APHIS eFile. The system includes a prescreening assistant. Permit Form To obtain an import permit, fill out the application form and submit it to APHIS. The application requires information including the name and address of the individuals exporting and importing the dog, the number of dogs, and the date and purpose of importation. Contact APHIS Animal Care to receive the application: USDA APHIS Animal Care Attn: Live Dog Import Permit Team 2150 Centre Ave. DOG IMPORTING

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