The Canadian government has placed strict orders on importing animals into the country and has created a body responsible for its regulation, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has its officers placed at every border of Canada to ensure that animals are not being brought into the country; or that the animals are being carried with the right criteria required.
It hurts when people realize they can’t take their pets into Canada, but that’s not entirely true; pets can be taken to Canada on the basis that all the necessary documents are provided. There are no two ways about it since the Canadian borders are always guided by the military and other officers representing different immigrant sanctioning bodies. The CFIA officers are included; taking your pet along without the documents required won’t be possible.
To import pets into Canada, applicants should know the rules guiding the importation of pets in the country; you can find them on the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) website. You read and understand what you need to know before taking your pet along to Canada; then, you can get all the required documents ready; to avoid harassment at the border.
Ways to go into Canada with your pet
There are ways to get your pet without having anybody harassing you or your pet. the Following are what you’ll need to do;
Make plans for your pet.
Before you prepare to carry your pet along to Canada, make sure your pet is in a good health condition; you may need a doctor’s report to show that it is fit and free from disease. Airlines have their principles on animal carriage; it’s also necessary to learn the airline’s regulations before traveling; so you don’t have to return your pet while at the airport.
Animal importation fees
You’re to pay some amount of money to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) when applying for animal importation; this fee includes animal inspection fee, quarantine facilities fee, and some others.
Follow the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) website to learn more about the fees.
Suitable animal carrier
You should ensure that the animal carrier is good enough to allow the animal to rest well, lie and turn well; if the carrier is not good enough, you won’t be permitted to bring the pet into Canada.
You must present a document from a verified licensed veterinarian to show the pet has been free from rabies for the past six months; and that your country has a record of zero (0) rabies for the past six months.
These are the countries recognized in Canada as rabies-free countries;
American Samoa, Antigua, Aruba, Australia, Barbados, Belgium, Bermuda, England, Fiji, French Polynesia (Tahiti), Guam, Hawaii, Ireland, Jamaica, Japan, Malta, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Saint Lucia, Scotland, Singapore, Sweden.
You can take pets under three months into Canada, provided the owners can say the pet’s actual age.
Food and water supply
Adequate food and water should be provided for pets when embarking on a long flight.