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Information below is only for guidelines and may change at anytime, always contact the right authorities or the right affiliate for help and guidance

Main entry points for pets, Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver

Bringing Pets Into Canada

DOGS: Current, there is no quarantine for import of pet dogs. If you have several dogs, you may be asked to provide certification that they are your personal pets and not for resale. These conditions apply to temporary visits and in-transit visits.

Dogs may enter Canada if accompanied by a valid rabies vaccination certificate issued, in either English or French, by a licensed veterinarian, which clearly identifies the dogs and shows that they are currently vaccinated against rabies. This certificate should identify the dog, as in breed, color, weight, etc., plus indicate the name of the licensed rabies vaccine used (trade name), serial number and duration of validity (up to 3 years). Please note if a validity date does not appear on the certificate, then it is considered a one-year vaccine.

There is no waiting period between the time the dog is vaccinated for rabies and the time it is imported into Canada.

If the above requirements are not met, an inspector will order the owner to have the dog vaccinated for rabies within a period of time specified in the order and to provide the vaccination certificate to an inspector, all at the owner's expense.

* Note: Rabies vaccination or certification is not required if the dogs are less than three (3) months of age.

SPECIAL PURPOSE DOGS: Service dogs that are certified as a guide, hearing or other service dog are not subject to any restrictions for importation where the person importing the dog is the user of the dog and accompanies the dog to Canada.

CATS: Currently, there is noquarantine for the import of pet cats. If you have several cats you may be asked to provide certification that they are your personal pets and are not for resale. Pet cats less than (three) 3 months of age do not require vaccination against rabies. These conditions apply to temporary visits and in-transit visits.

Cats may enter Canada if accompanied by a valid rabies vaccination certificate issued, in either English or French, by a licensed veterinarian, which clearly identifies the cats and shows that they are currently vaccinated against rabies. This certificate should identify the cat, as in breed, color, weight, etc., plus indicate the name of the licensed rabies vaccine used (trade name), serial number and duration of validity (up to 3 years). Please note if a validity date does not appear on the certificate, then it is considered a one-year vaccine.

There is no waiting period between the time the cat is vaccinated for rabies and the time it is imported into Canada.

If the above requirements are not met, an inspector will order the owner to have the cat vaccinated for rabies within a period of time specified in the order and to provide the vaccination certificate to an inspector, all at the owner's expense.

BIRDS: For import purposes, a "pet bird" is a personally owned and cared for bird, and applies only to species commonly known as "caged" birds such as psittacines, love birds, song birds, toucans, canaries, finches, cardinals, etc. This does not apply to pigeons, doves, species of wild or domesticated fowl or game birds.

It is possible to import pet birds under the following conditions:

* The birds must accompany the owner to Canada.
* The birds must be found to be healthy when inspected at the port of entry.
* The owner must sign a declaration stating that the birds have been in his/her possession for the (90) ninety-day period preceding the date of importation and have not been in contact with any other birds during that time.
* The owner must sign a declaration stating that the birds are the owner?s personal pets and are not being imported for the purpose of re-sale.
* The owner or any member of the family must not have imported birds into Canada under this pet bird provision during the preceding 90 day period.

The necessary certification to clear Customs will be made by filling out the form, available at Customs. Under the above arrangement, no import permit or quarantine period is required. If these conditions cannot be met, it will be necessary for you to obtain an import permit from the appropriate Canadian Food Inspection Agency regional office in the province into which you will be entering.

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