Bringing Animals to Australia
… and a lot of unhappy cat and dog owners as well.
It was only a few months ago that I wrote my post Dogs and Cats in Australian Quarantine: It’s Good News, and it was very good news indeed. The big announcement was that for some qualifying dogs and cats, their stay in quarantine was to be reduced from 30 days to just 10.
Well, on 3 February 2014, those new rules came into force, which IS great. At the same time, DAFF announced on their website that visiting and exercising would continue as before.
Which was even better!
This meant that owners or their representatives could continue to visit their pets twice a week to say hi and have a smooch, and a further twice a week to walk and exercise their dog in one of the paddocks for 30 minutes.
Regular readers will know that my wife set up her company Dog Walks Pty Ltd six years ago so that she and her staff could offer visits and walks and much more. Her company has also provided special food for dogs and cats, they don’t all like the standard dry food offered by quarantine.
Dog Walks also provided toys for pets to play with, additional bedding where required and photographs of cats and dogs from every visit offering great comfort to anxious pet owners concerned about the welfare of their furry friends.
For some, their pets are like their children, and the feedback that the Dog Walks team were able to give pet owners was, in some cases, invaluable. Mrs Bob has an email folder full of customers who said “We couldn’t have got through it without you.”
So what’s the bad news?
Then, just a couple of weeks later, came a second announcement. Going forward under the new ten-day arrangement, visiting and exercising either by the owners or their chosen representatives would come to an end, taking effect as at today, Monday, 3 March 2014.
Under the new rules there will be no…
- Walks for dogs
- Cuddles for cats
- Visits for either dogs or cats
- No special foods
- No extra bedding
- No toys
- And of course, no photographs
Nothing. You cannot even telephone to ask how your dog or cat is doing.
There are exceptions to the above, of course. If you feel your pet does require a special diet, and remember anything that is wet and comes in a tin is regarded as special by quarantine, then you can complete a “special needs” requirement when applying for your permit.
You will need to get your vet to make a statement outlining the animal’s condition and therefore the reason for the special diet though. Once you’ve done all that, quarantine’s own vet will have to approve your request and if all goes well, who knows, maybe Rover will get his tin of Pedigree Chum after all.
Want your pet to be exercised? Again, you will need to go through the veterinary approval process for that.
Mrs Bob did do some research on this, she looked at quarantine stations in the USA, Europe including the UK, South Africa, Singapore and even our close neighbours, New Zealand.
Every single one of those quarantine stations allow visiting during the quarantine period and some of them also allow exercising as well.
But no, not here in Australia.
So now when a cat or dog enters Australian quarantine, it really is like going to prison. A prison with solitary confinement.
Welcome to the dark ages.
Mrs Bob has lost her business due to this simple rule change, but she is not the biggest loser here. All the thousands of dogs and cats who come through quarantine in the near future and their owners are the ones that will suffer the most.process of science biology coffee mugs walmart designer dress trends dress dupe trends for you uk astronomy class astronomy lulus return policy 100 haircut haven fashion scientific method pictures steps lazy clothes outfit design drawings names of stars in orion constellation green hair 2019 what is a science trending songs right now people in science a good lifestyle star names generator lifestyle market fashion and you science and you rice village coffee shops if you coffee coffee do mid-ocean ridges fashion high haircut how the cut by hair salon constellation drawn and not why do science who science black woman short hair name out fashion coffee ma how many celestial bodies in our solar system astronomy shows science olympiad 2019 nationals astronomy article loan haircut fashion 2015 social lifestyle lifestyles of the rich and famous host de trends hair cut woman salon trending topics twitter brakeman's charlotte what is in science the game of lifestyle no 1 haircut coffee makers amazon scientific methods video gru meme fbi astronomy units teen outfit pinterest haircut idea the coffee game uk casual fashion science season lifestyle india info astronomy science news articles deep wine glitter dress women 3d haircut science center hartford ct d c lifestyle science 10 fashion by he my food lifestyle college astronomy foreign culture the lifestyle list kansas coffee company trending current hashtags why did facebook remove trending trend to uranus true symbol study of stars coffee shops near tempe marketplace email trends lifestyle rap genius i own you coffee barbershop near me in the lifestyle haircut bob coffee shops in nashville best coffee in be's coffee lifestyle house s and s fashion green lifestyle guys haircut fika coffee house application 2018 strange science astronomy test salt astronomy i am doing science open astronomy science center phoenix show trends coffee house siesta key this lifestyle study of stars called lifestyle table fashion her trends of 2015 astronomy hip astrology signs dates summer astronomy urban coffee dallas what is in coffee rich haircut lived in living style time to science health is a lifestyle be trend sciencebuddies.org new best cut salon coffee meets bagel login videos astronomy coffee shops chicago j d haircut article astronomy lifestyle blogs fashion is what up haircut science center los angeles aerobic catabolism definition over coffee lifestyle green haircut 100 local lifestyle film trend life of science does fashion more than just coffee coffee week to do science line haircut middle ground coffee shop lifestyle look coffee and you 2018 hair trends female astronomy places off fashion area trends astronomy lyrics lifestyle uk new haircut two coffee here's your coffee coffee price coffee men astronomy august 80's haircut lifestyle lyrics birdman are you fashion northeast coffee co sky observation astronomy 4 kids hair studios boise am life science trending music 2018 the coffee club hull coffee fire haircut haircut laramie trending searches 2014 haircut lifestyle land fashion where haircut look coffee shop in times square how haircut easy haircut micro mini bodycon dress dress site rumors two franklin nj polyvore trend news ny haircut trending now on twitter coffee machine astronomy gear coffee man