If you're moving to
the United States and you have a cat or dog to bring along, it's important to
understand the laws governing the importation of animals. In the US, there are
separate laws at the federal, state and local level of which you'll need to be
The U.S. Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention establish the federal rules for importing dogs
and cats into the country. At this time neither pet dogs nor pet cats require a
certificate of health or proof of immunizations from a veterinarian to be imported.
appears on the CDC's list of rabies-free countries, dogs do not require rabies
vaccinations, provided they have lived in Australia or another rabies-free
country for at least 6 months prior to importation. Dogs less than 6 months old
that were born in Australia also do not require vaccines, and there is no
rabies vaccine rules for cats.
Upon entering the
U.S., dogs and cats are examined by federal officials. If an animal appears
sick, it must receive a certificate of health from a U.S. veterinarian before
it can be brought home.
Some states require
that pet owners submit a certificate of health from an Australian or U.S. veterinarian before the pet can reside there. There may also be immunization
requirements, depending on the state. Typically, state departments of health or
agriculture are responsible for establishing these rules.
Health departments of
counties and cities may establish vaccination or health requirements for pets
that dwell within them. Some local governments also mandate that all pets be
registered and wear a license and collar at all times.
Chess Moving can
assist you with determining the specific requirements for moving your pet to
the United States based upon your destination. We can also handle the
exportation process for you. Contact us to learn more about our services.