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I moved from the U.S. to Switzerland with my pet and need to register him with the city. I have not done so yet, and wanted to know if there is a penalty? My schedule has been pretty crazy, so I am hoping to do this first thing next week. Has anyone run into issues with registration beyond the first month?
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Re: New Pet Registration

What sort of pet?

There is no registration requirement for cats, but it is highly recommended, especially for outdoor cats. Cats are still registered in the ANIS database.

If you have a dog you should have registered the dog within 10 days of arrival.

There is a complex procedure, from registration with your Gemeinde, in the federal database AMICUS, and then there are all the regs around mandatory training courses.

But before I go on, possibly wasting my time and everyone else's describing a procedure not pertinent to your situation - you need to give us more info:

Dog, cat, something else?

If a dog, what breed? (Basel is a BSL canton.) And BS or BL?

So please help us help you by giving us the info needed to answer your questions.
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Re: New Pet Registration

I have a dog (Pomeranian) and he is about 6.5 years old. We moved to Basel Stadt in January.
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Re: New Pet Registration

Registration to fulfill the federal requirement is a two part process, involving the Gemeinde and your vet. There may be additional hoops to jump through at the local level. I live elsewhere, so I'll leave that to EFers who live in Basel Stadt.

It is your responsibility to ensure that the process is fully complete. The switch to the AMICUS database is new, not all the players are fully coordinated, so do not assume the process is done until you have your confirmation letter from AMICUS and have checked your account. Follow through where necessary.

We have seen on another post that the process, even though federal, may vary by location. So where the AMICUS overview says 'Gemeinde' you need to determine which office in Basel city that is. For instance, another poster learned in Zürich that the Zürich Sicherheitsdepartment, the police, took over that function, whereas in smaller towns this is done either through Animalkontrolle or Einwohnerkontrolle at the Gemeinde..

So after reading about the process, call Einwohnerkontrolle to verify who in Baselstadt really has taken on the authority for dog registration. For simplicity's sake, I'll use the term 'Gemeinde', as the AMICUS information booklet has done, for whoever the relevant authority in Basel is.

You can read all about the AMICUS process here, in German, French and Italian. If you do not speak any of those, have a someone translate for you. I'll describe what you need to do in a simplistic summary, but you are responsible for learning the details yourself.

https://www.amicus.ch/Account/Login

Click on 'Lieber Hundehalter' for an overview of the process. In the same box you will find 'Wichtige Dokumente', read the 'Prozessübersicht' for an official summary, and read 'Handbuch für Hundehalter' for the details.

Further, you need to read through the Basel Stadt website on dog ownership:


http://www.veterinaeramt.bs.ch/hundehaltung.html

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Your Gemeinde is responsible for entering and maintaining the file with your personal data. This is your first step in getting your dog registered. If you are in Basel Stadt there is an online Anmeldung system for the Gemeinde registration:

https://secure.bs.ch/web/veterinaera...VkDzgx6VGFse4I

As the AMICUS switch is new, though, it might be wise to call and verify that the Gemeinde online registration meshes with the federal database, or if there is another step you might need to do to be compliant. A double check, as there have been many stories indicating the new database roll out has not been quite as smooth as intended.

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Note that you will need to give your details, the dog's details, the details of where you got the dog, and verify that you hold the appropriate liability insurance. (You have taken out liability insurance, haven't you? If not, get that done asap.)

You will also need to verify that your status wrt 'first dog ownership' This is because first time dog owners are required to do a course, the SKN Theory class, before taking on a dog - and first time is usually defined as not already registered in AMICUS.

Foreigners who move to Switzerland are not already registered, obviously, and so look like new owners. Even if you are not a first time owner you may nonetheless still be required to do the theory course, depending on when you acquired your dog (before or after 1 Sept 2008), and what your proof of previous ownership is. The decision is made by the cantonal Veterinäramt, and is individual.

Registering your details should also trigger the dog tax and any other Gemeinde-level issues, but again, as I am not in BS the process may be different. Add that to the list of things you should ask about when you call.

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One difference to other cantons is the Baselstadt requires a dog to wear a regisgration tag, easily visible on the collar or harness, at all times. You purchase this upon registration with the city.

http://www.veterinaeramt.bs.ch/hunde...zeichnung.html

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Second step is to register the dog's details in AMICUS. This needs to be done by the vet, so make an appointment asap.

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Once complete, AMICUS will send you a letter with your account number and pin code. Check that all info entered is correct.

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The likelihood of being fined for late registration is low, especially as coincidentally the ANIS to AMICUS switch happened in January and ithere has been a bit of confusion from the bureaucracy standpoint. (Had you had a listed breed, however, they might have thrown the book at you, such is BSL.)

But not having followed correct procedure can come back to haunt you should a complaint be lodged against you for some other reason... so get it done asap.

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Now to your education requirements:

Snce your dog is 6.5 I'll assume you acquired him after 1 Sept 2008. Thus you should technically be required to do both the SKN Theory and certainly the Practical courses.

But - we have seen all sorts of odd decisions made with foreigners moving to Switzerland with their older dogs. If you have question you could contact the Basel Veterinäramt to determine if you are required to do the SKN Theory course. But even if not required to do it, I always recommend that newcomers to Switzerland take the theory course as you need the information as to what you are expected to do, as to Swiss norms (which are likely quite different from what you knew in the US) and on Swiss law.

There is also a requirement to do the SKN Practical course. Again, this applies to every dog acquired after 1 Sept 2008. This needs to be done within 12 months.

There are many threads already running discussing the federal SKN training requirements, do a bit of browsing through those and then post again if you have specific questions.

To get you started, read the Baselstadt pages, and follow the link to the federal site, here:
http://www.veterinaeramt.bs.ch/hunde...enachweis.html

Once you have done the mandatory courses have your trainer enter that info in AMICUS. Now this bit is tricky, as many trainers are not up to date on the new process. However, the database is where officials will look to see if you are compliant should any issues arise. So make sure that info gets into your file.

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Now, the federal SKN classes are very simplistic. Two session for the Theory class, 4-5 for the Practical. They are not much more than info and some very basic training, that's all that can reasonably be covered in such a short class. Many dog owners here go well beyond that, training throughout the dog's life. To encourage you to do so, Basel Stadt gives a discount on the dog tax if you have taken certain and successfully passed certain courses. More here:

http://www.veterinaeramt.bs.ch/hunde...ungskurse.html

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Re: New Pet Registration

My experience was we imported the fella from Germany, took him to a Swiss vet, the vet logged onto Anis and registered him.
About 3 months later we got a letter from the Baselstadt vets office asking for the for the SKN and a form to sign confirming we had insurance.

My vet is http://www.kleintierpraxis-spalen.ch/home-spalen
you can send them a mail in English.
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My experience was we imported the fella from Germany, took him to a Swiss vet, the vet logged onto Anis and registered him.
About 3 months later we got a letter from the Baselstadt vets office asking for the for the SKN and a form to sign confirming we had insurance.

My vet is http://www.kleintierpraxis-spalen.ch/home-spalen
you can send them a mail in English.
But remember that procedures changed on 1 Jan 2016 with the introduction of AMICUS.
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Re: New Pet Registration

Bless you!!!!! This whole process has been very confusing and my relocation agent didn't have many details to provide to me for handling the process. I am going to print your instructions and check them off as I go. I do not have the liability insurance yet, so that is task number one!!!!

Again, thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!
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my relocation agent didn't have many details to provide to me for handling the process.
As you've touched on another of my (quite literally) pet peeves...

It drives me mad that so many relo agents are clueless wrt this very important part of a family's relocation, and it drives me mad that companies hire people unequipped to do the job. I've seen bad advice from a relo agent put families into a position where they face losing their beloved pet.

If your relo agent did not have the competency to deal with all the issues surrounding bringing a dog into Switzerland, might I ask that you communicate this to your company? (Assuming that the relo agent was part of a company package, of course.) Feedback to your company might help the next expat relocating with a dog get the help needed...
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Re: New Pet Registration

One more thought:

Coming from the US you won't yet have a pet passport. You will get this document when you see the vet for the regisration appointment.

http://www.blv.admin.ch/dienstleistu...x.html?lang=de

This is a little red booklet with white cross, looks similar to a real passport. This is where your all your dog's vaccination information is kept, including the vet's stamps. You will need this document to cross any borders within the EU.

Pic of your doglet on the front page is optional.

There might be a charge for the passport, or your vet might just include it in the consultaton fee.




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Re: New Pet Registration

Give me a woof when you want to do the SKN, and I will send you contact information of a registered person who does it in English in the Basel area.
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What sort of pet?

There is no registration requirement for cats, but it is highly recommended, especially for outdoor cats. Cats are still registered in the ANIS database.

If you have a dog you should have registered the dog within 10 days of arrival.

It irritates me so much when people fail to register their dogs just to avoid paying a few franks... Not to mention changing their driver licenses... especially Russian drivers who must take the driving exam... People that have plenty of money and come to this beautiful organized and clean country and want to avoid contributing a few franks...
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