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I am just wondering is it ok to buy/adopt an animal from other Europe countries?
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Old 20.10.2017, 21:12
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Re: Just asking...

It depends on the animal but if you're being strict the animal will need documentation to cross the border (eg a pet passport with the vaccinations) and then you can register them in Switzerland.

I've done it myself and it was by far the easiest thing to do compared to bringing a human (permit) or a car etc.
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Re: Just asking...

I think you need to do a lot more research and speak to your local Gemeinde / Kanton regarding their regulations, particularly if you intend to bring a Corgi in from abroad (from your other thread). To be honest, there are dozens of healthy dogs within Switzerland that need a loving home, so perhaps you should visit your local tierheim first of all.

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It is forbidden to bring dogs with docked ears and/or tails into the country (see "More information").
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https://www.blv.admin.ch/blv/en/home...frettchen.html

https://www.ezv.admin.ch/ezv/en/home...c-animals.html
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I am just wondering is it ok to buy/adopt an animal from other Europe countries?
I can't tell from your post what you plan to do, so maybe this warning isn't needed... but just in case...

Be very weary of ads saying that you can adopt a pet from another country and that they'll send it by airplane - you just have to pick it up at the airport. This is a scam.

The way it works is that they put ads with pictures of super cute (probably even supposedly pure breed) animals, and say that you only have to pay the cost of sending them by plane. Then all you have to do is go to the airport and pick them up.

They'll ask for money for the journey up front... and then there's no animal - and your money is gone.

Like I said, maybe it has nothing to do with your situation... but just a word of warning in case it has. When I started looking for a pet a years back, all the swiss pet classifieds websites had a *lot* of posts like this (and no, I found it so weird that I searched online and found information about the scam - then the high number of these posts made sense)
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I can't tell from your post what you plan to do, so maybe this warning isn't needed... but just in case...

Be very weary of ads saying that you can adopt a pet from another country and that they'll send it by airplane - you just have to pick it up at the airport. This is a scam.

The way it works is that they put ads with pictures of super cute (probably even supposedly pure breed) animals, and say that you only have to pay the cost of sending them by plane. Then all you have to do is go to the airport and pick them up.

They'll ask for money for the journey up front... and then there's no animal - and your money is gone.

Like I said, maybe it has nothing to do with your situation... but just a word of warning in case it has. When I started looking for a pet a years back, all the swiss pet classifieds websites had a *lot* of posts like this (and no, I found it so weird that I searched online and found information about the scam - then the high number of these posts made sense)
I second this, not only because it's a scam, but bringing an animal into Switzerland this way is also illegal. A dog cannot be brought into the country to then be given or sold to someone else. You have to be the registered owner of the dog - which obviously wouldn't be the case with this scam.

I suggest, since Meloncollie hasn't seen this thread yet, that you contact the BLV which is the Federal Veterinary Office. They'll be able to tell you exactly how any adoption from another country must be undertaken. I've always found them very helpful when I've contacted them with a question.

https://www.blv.admin.ch/blv/en/home...n/kontakt.html

And as BlueAngel said, there are plenty of dogs in refuges here looking for their forever homes.

https://www.tierdatenbank.ch/de/tiere.html
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Re: Just asking...

Jasmine, in your last post asking about dog ownership you mention that the whole family uses this EF account, thus the info in your profile might or might not be relevant to any given post.

So before I start chewing up bandwidth with the information you will need to correctly find, assess, and acquire a dog from a breeder or rescue abroad and then import him legally and safely, could you clarify who we are talking to? It is important that the responsible parent is involved in this effort.

Also, in your last puppy post you mention several young siblings in the family. Could you briefly outline the family situation and plans for the puppy (or older dog)?

I ask because cryptic posts missing key info cause us all to waste time heading off into irrelevant directions and discussions. EF offers a wealth of information and valuable shared experience but we can better answer your serious questions if you help us help you.

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Why dont you and you family visit the SPA in Nyon?

Why complicate things by going abroad, when yor little darling could be living 10 km away?
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Re: Just asking...

Jasmine,

It would seem that your questions and situation are what the new National Hundehalterbrevet courses were designed to address.

The NHB is a new effort to provide basic knowledge, including knowledge of the legal aspects, for all dog owners across Switzerland. The courses have a theory component, which I would guess would address many of your questions, and a practical training component.

Unlike the now-abolished mandatory SKN courses, the NHB courses are voluntary.

I was so happy to see that dog trainers and canine organizations have stepped into the void left after the abolition of the SKN. The more we dog owners know - about our responsibilities, about the legalities, about what society expects of us, about what it takes to raise a happy pup in a healthy environment - the better our dogs' lives will be.

You might want to investigate these new courses as you contemplate bringing a four footed friend into the family.

See this thread for more information, perhaps contact EF member Cherry Tree (who is an NHB trainer) for more info:

https://www.englishforum.ch/pet-corn...g-program.html
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Re: Just asking...

We recently imported a dog into Switzerland from third-world country. Following instructions of government institutions we decided to go with the easiest for us legal way - I flew there myself and returned to Switzerland together with dog. It is however possible that someone ships the dog for you in cargo, but it has quite extremely strong rules and was nothing we wanted to deal with.
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Re: Just asking...

I'm glad to hear you went to meet the dog yourself, Felix. That is indeed the best way - not only because of the import process, but also because it's so very important to make sure that you and the dog are right for one another, that you understand what this dog needs, that you really, truly, bond with one another before you complete the adoption.

While there are some respected rescues who do ship the dog to you (after an assessment), and there are respected breeders who do as well (again, after an assessment), a sad fact of the dark side of the dog trade is that many offering to ship a dog are either con artists, or worse - evil barsteward battery producers.

I've adopted many dogs from abroad, and each time traveld to meet the dog, get to know him, get to know the rescue and they me. Then when everyone was happy, most importantly the dog, I finalized the adoption and imported the dog.

I certainly support acquiring a dog abroad if that is where the dog who is meant to be part of your life happens to find himself. But I will always encourage doing it the right way, that is, traveling to meet the dog first.

Glad to hear it all worked out for you, Felix - and here's to much fun and happiness with your four footed friend.
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