Macau (MNA) – The Civic and Municipal Affairs Bureau (IACM) has called upon potential dog adopters to be aware of the procedures for adoption and transportation of a pet between different countries after a number of pre-adoption enquiries for Canidrome greyhounds had recently been received by IACM.
Pet owners may be required to have various documents in hand upon entry into different countries depending upon the dog’s breed, origin, and destination.
According to a press release published by IACM on Monday, adopters must present a valid dog licence and proof of rabies certificate before applying for a health certificate from the Bureau.
Owners are also required to apply for a ‘Declaration of Import and Export’ at Macao Customs Services using this health certificate before transporting their pets to a different country.
Dogs that have never been vaccinated against rabies must be vaccinated at least a number of days before entering an overseas country, with the number of days dependent upon the destination – for example, the United States requires at least 30 days pre-rabies vaccination.
The health certificate takes one working day but the valid period lasts for only 10 days, and costs MOP140.
The pre-adoption enquiries mostly appeared after the Macau (Yat Yuen) Canidrome initiated two adoption session for greyhounds on June 17 and June 24.
The local greyhound racing track has refused to disclose the number of greyhounds being adopted so far.