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 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 10 days (for qualifying pets as of March 2014) 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!
Thinking of Exporting Your Pet to Australia?
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 started a company that did do just that called Dog Walks Pty Ltd.
The company was established in the middle of 2008 and she has made hundreds and hundreds of dogs and cats very happy. We have now closed the DogWalks Gallery, but we used to have literally thousands and thousands of pictures of smiling doggie faces on display.
Sadly, her Dog Walks team can no longer physically visit pets or walk dogs in quarantine. Rule changes by the Australian Government put an end to that which now means…
- No visits
- No exercise
- No treats
- No idea what the facilities are like inside quarantine
- No photographs
- No updates (even telephone calls to quarantine staff are not allowed)
- No playtime
- No toys
- Absolutely no contact whatsoever
A scary prospect for a loving pet owner, for sure. In fact the whole process of exporting your pet from beginning to end is quite daunting. To help you though, Karen has written a guide, to find out more please visit Dogwalks for more information, see…
More Useful Links:
You can read Baggy’s Story here.
…and even more about Baggy here.
I also have a post about rabbits in Australia.
- Dogs and Cats in Australian Quarantine: It’s Good News
- Unhappy Cats and Dogs in Australian Quarantine…
I’ve also written several articles about keeping pet safe in Australia:
- Snake Season in Australia: Keeping Children & Pets Safe
- Australia’s Killer Creatures: The Silent Assassin is Back
- Guarding Your Cat or Dog from Diseases: Core Injections
- The Funnel Web Spider of Australia and Death
Warning! If you are bringing your own pet, you’ll want to know how much it costs. Sit down before reading this, it’s a bit of a shocker. This is how much it cost us to bring Baggy to Australia.
If you can also plough through the comments below, quite a few people have mentioned how much it cost them to bring their pets over. For example one of my readers, Pravdaseeker, mentioned that it cost him nearly $9000 to bring his two dogs over from the US towards the end of 2012.