MODS - can we please make this a sticky?
Ok, so...I transport dogs to rescues in British Columbia quite frequently. I have noticed a trend of these border crossings becoming more and more difficult the past 6 months, with my last trip back HOME resulting in my boyfriends car being searched.
Last weekend, I participated in (and helped coordinate) a transport of a 10wk old puppy coming out of Oregon bound for BC. As for as transports go, this one was relatively painless...until the border crossing.
Poppet was not allowed across the border. His transporter, a Canadian citizen, was stuck. Luckily, she was able to contact one of the other transporters who graciously offered to return to the border and overnight the puppy while 'paperwork' got sorted out.
So, now nearly a week later, after several phone calls and emails, and requests for clarification, we have an official answer of what is required to transport dogs under 8 months for rescue.
All animals 8 months and under driving over the border require vet health papers (this is nothing new, but was all that was ever asked of me before.)
All animals over 3 months require proof of Rabies vaccination (again, not new)
All animals 8 months and younger require a certificate of import to enter the country. A one-time use certificate can be purchased for $35, or a multi-entry pass good for one year can be purchased for $175
In addition, ANY animal that requires a certificate of import MUST have a CFIA inspection at the port of entry (border) for the cost of $30 for the first pup, $5 for any additional.
To complicate this further, you must call ahead to make an appointment with a CFIA Veterinarian to make sure that there will be somebody there at the border to inspect the pup(s) and release them into the country. Unlike border crossing guards, CFIA agents are NOT always present.
If any of you want me to forward the emails to you from the government officials I spoke with regarding this matter, PM me with your email address and I will gladly forward.