3. or an owner of a service dog that is individually trained to assist an individual with a disability. In accordance with US Department of Transportation regulations at 14 CFR part 382, emotional support animals, comfort animals, companionship animals, and service animals in training are not considered service animals. 4. Importers wanting to import dogs that are not their own personal pets are only eligible to apply for a permit to import an unrestricted number of dogs for science, education, exhibition, or law enforcement purposes, as these terms are defined in 42 CFR 71.50, or for bona fide law enforcement
CDC Dog Import Permits will NOT be issued for: 1. Dogs intended for other purposes, such as adoption, resale, or transfer of ownership. 2. Dogs that will accompany owners on short-term travel to and from high-risk countries. (This is a change from the Egypt dog suspension policy.)
During the temporary suspension, each eligible importer of personal pet dogs may be granted approval to import a maximum of three dogs for one trip. Permits will be granted for dogs six months of age or older, that have been microchipped for identification and that have a valid rabies vaccination certificate. If the vaccine was administered outside of the U.S., a rabies serologic titer from an approved laboratory will also be required. All permitted dogs must enter the U.S. at a port of entry with a U.S. Customs and Border Protection-bonded animal holding facility, which currently is only available at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York City. Ensure pets imported into the United States are fully immunized; free of infection, parasites and contagious diseases; and are individually certified as such by a qualified veterinarian. No pet should be imported without an individual examination, valid veterinary certificate, and documentation regarding the source of the dog and the party responsible for it upon arrival into the United States. Permit Application Requirements: • Each eligible importer of personal pet dogs may be granted approval to import a maximum of 3 dogs for one trip during the temporary suspension. For dogs to be eligible for an import permit, they must: • be at least 6 months old, as verified by submission of current photos of the dog’s teeth • be microchipped • have a valid rabies vaccination certificate • have a valid rabies serologic titer from an approved laboratory if the dog was vaccinated outside of the United States. Serologic titers must be drawn in accordance with World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) recommendations. Currently, titers must be drawn a minimum of 30 days after vaccination and at least 3 months before US entry. To request list of laboratories, email CDCanimalimports@cdc.gov For More Information For more information on this important public health issue, visit the Pet Imports: Protecting Pet & Public Health key issue page on AKC’s Legislative Action Center. HavequestionsaboutthisnoticeorCDC’simportregulations? ContactCDC’sZoonosesTeamatCDCanimalimports@ cdc.gov
AKC Government Relations (GR) will provide updates on this important development, including the opportunity for public comment asmore information becomes publicly available. Email email@example.com formore information.
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