Bringing Your Pet to Australia
Can I bring my pet dog/cat/rabbit?
Rabbit? No! Australia is not keen on rabbits, but they definitely are a pet loving nation with dogs and cats at the top of the list. Thousands of pet owners bring their dogs and cats with them when they migrate to Australia, but….
Is it a good idea?
We brought our pet dog Baggy with us, but it wasn’t cheap. But had we left him behind, we would have paid a bigger price. My wife and daughter both dote on him and, in the early stages, it can be quite tough adapting to your new Australian surroundings.
You’ve said goodbye to your friends and family, you’ve left your hometown, your children have had to leave their friends and their school behind, so if you can help it, don’t leave the dog behind (or cat!).
All dogs and cats coming into Australia need to spend a period of time in quarantine. Quarantine is run by AQIS, the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service. They, in turn, are part of the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) and they are all part of the Australian Government.
How long your pet will spend in quarantine depends on which country you are coming from, but, for example, it’s just one month when coming from the UK.
To find out more…..
…which covers cats and dogs. For other pets…..
Visit all imported livestock
I regret to inform you, that at the time of writing, spiders and snakes cannot be imported into Australia. Perhaps it’s because we already got some. Hehe!
More useful links:
When we brought our dog with us, we arranged for somebody to go in to the quarantine station to see him regularly and take him for walks. But it wasn’t easy to organise. Since we’ve lived here, my wife has started a company that does just that……
The company has now been established since the middle of 2008 and she has made hundreds and hundreds of dogs and cats very happy. You can see all of their smiling faces in her photo gallery here….
Visit DogWalks Gallery
If you have any question about bringing your pets to Australia, please feel free to send my wife, Karen, and email directly through her website.
You can read Baggy’s Story here.
…and even more about Baggy here.
I also have a post about rabbits in Australia.
Warning! If you are bringing your own pet, you’ll want to know how much it costs. Sit down before reading this, is a bit of a shocker. This is how much it cost us to bring Baggy to Australia.
Also, be sure to read Pravdaseeker’s comments below about how much it cost to bring his to dogs over from the USA.