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Import of cats and dogs to New Zealand

Cats and dogs can be brought, subject to meeting the quarantine requirements, which will vary, depending on the country of origin. Other normal family pets will be covered under specific regulations, and will be significantly more difficult to bring. Horses are covered separately.

Animals (pets)

The New Zealand economy is historically based on agriculture. Less than five percent of the population is human, the rest are animals. The New Zealand government is extremely careful about the importation of livestock into the country. The regulatory body governing the importation of animals is the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (MAF)

Cats and dogs from many countries of the world can come to New Zealand. They are likely to need to be put into quarantine once they arrive. How long depends on what country you come from, and what steps you have taken to meet MAF testing requirements before arrival. Nearly all other animals including birds, turtles and monkeys are prohibited from coming to New Zealand.

Cats and dogs must be identified with a microchip or permanent tattoo and the identification details must be shown on the accompanying certification when they are imported to New Zealand.
Before the actual journey begins, your pet must meet health requirements and several tests and shots will be required.

The importation of animals into New Zealand requires the issue of an Import Permit. A copy of an Import Permit can be obtained from MAF after booking of the quarantine facility has been made and confirmed.

Import Health Standards for the importation of dogs and cats into New Zealand from specified countries and territories recognised as countries or territories in which Canine Rabies is absent or well controlled can be obtained from Biosecurity.govt.nz.

Quarantine facilities:

There are 5 registered quarantine facilities in New Zealand.

The following facility is registered and permitted to quarantine dogs from specific countries:

Pethaven Quarantine Services
71a Homestead Road
RD1 Pokeno
Auckland
New Zealand

Proprietor: Mrs. Robyn van den Brink
Ph/Fax +64 9 2336301
E-mail pethaven@xtra.co.nz
Website: www.pethavenkennels.co.nz
Dogs (12)

The following facility is registered and permitted to quarantine cats from specific countries:

Pussy Cat Lodge
29 Crowther Street
Avondale
Auckland
New Zealand

Proprietor: Mr Gary Burch
Ph +64 9 828 3410
Fax +64 9 828 0455
Cats (24)

The following facilities are registered and permitted to quarantine cats and dogs from specific countries:

Qualified Pet Services
150 Airfield Road
Takanini
Auckland
New Zealand

Proprietor: Mr Raymond Cheung
Ph +64 9 299 9539
Fax +64 9 299 9539
E-mail services@qualifiedpet.co.nz
Website: www.qualifiedpet.co.nz
Dogs (36) and Cats (32)

Canterbury Quarantine Services Ltd

Highfield Road
Aylesbury
PO Box 23158
Christchurch
New Zealand

Proprietors: Chris and Lindsey Ward
Ph +64 3 318 1279
Fax +64 3 318 1289
Email: wumba@xtra.co.nz
Website: www.canterburyquarantine.co.nz
Dogs (30) Cats (15)

Shado-Lans Quarantine Facility
773 State Highway One
R D 31
Levin
New Zealand

Proprietor: Denise and John Clark
Ph +64 6 362 6184
Fax +64 6 362 6185
Email: shado-lans@xtra.co.nz
Website: www.shado-lans.co.nz
Dogs (6) Cats (4)

Dogs are the only pets that you are required to register at your local Council.

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