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CDC Animal Care Facility at Pender Pet Retreat

Importing a Dog into IAD from a High-Risk Rabies Country

Overview

Pender Pet Retreat is the only CDC-approved Animal Care Facility (ACF) for the Washington-Dulles (IAD) Port of Entry (POE) for dogs entering the United States from high-risk rabies countries or those who have been in any high-risk country during the previous 6 months. It is one of 5 POE’s in the US where such dogs can enter. Others include MIA, ATL, JFK, and LAX.

Dogs entering the US from a high-risk rabies country who do not need to enter through one of the 5 ACF include:

  • Dogs who hold a current CDC import permit. With a CDC import permit, dogs may enter through any of the 18 US airports with a CDC quarantine station.
  • Dogs who are at least 6 months of age, have an ISO compliant microchip implanted, have a current US-issued Rabies Vaccination Certificate, and who appear healthy upon arrival.

If your dog(s) does not fall into one of those categories above, you will need a reservation with a CDC- approved ACF and your reservation type will fall into one of two categories depending on your dog(s) available Rabies Titer Test status. The requirements for reservations for these two categories are outlined in this document.

Recommendations

As pet travel and animal care experts, we make the following strong recommendations to you, the pet parent or agent:

  • Any dogs entering the US from high-risk Rabies countries that also require a reservation with a CDC- approved Animal Care Facility will also require the services of a customs broker to assist with clearance. It is our strong recommendation that pets travel as Manifest Cargo with an Air Waybill (AWB) to make clearance as smooth as possible. Our Pet Travel company, PenderAIR, is able to assist with Customs Clearance at IAD for dogs who travel as Manifest Cargo, saving you an additional step in an already confusing and stressful process. Additional fees apply and are outlined on page 3.
  • Any traveling dogs should also be vaccinated for Distemper, Bordetella, and Canine Influenza, prior to travel. If you are unable to do so, our USDA-accredited veterinarian can provide these services upon arrival.
  • If you are able and time allows, it is much more cost-effective to have your dog’s Veterinarian draw and run a Rabies Titer serology test for your dog, apply, and wait for a CDC Dog Import Permit. Currently, review of Import Permit applications is taking up to 8 weeks, but this can change and there is no guarantee on timing.

Reservation Requirements:

Reservation with Valid Rabies Titer

A dog who was vaccinated outside of the U.S., but who has a valid Rabies Titer, must enter the U.S. through a CDC-approved ACF and be examined by a USDA-accredited veterinarian and receive an updated Rabies vaccination, but is not necessarily required to quarantine for a full 28 days.

Requirements for a reservation for a dog who has a valid Rabies Titer:

  • Rabies Titer test results from a CDC approved lab and above minimum levels
  • Rabies Titer must have been drawn at least 30 days after initial Rabies vaccine and 45 days prior to arrival in the U.S. Titers are valid for 1 year following the date they are drawn.
  • Rabies Vaccination Certificate (in English or certified translation)
  • Arrival Date and Flight Number
  • Air Waybill / AWB (if available)
  • Pictures of your pet’s teeth

IMPORTANT: If your pet displays any sign of illness during the intake examination, the CDC may require additional testing, treatment, and quarantine at the importer’s expense.

PAYMENT IS DUE IN FULL TO RECEIVE RESERVATION CONFIRMATION

Reservation without Rabies Titer

A dog who was vaccinated outside of the U.S. and who does not have a valid Rabies Titer, is subject to a 28-day quarantine at a CDC ACF.

Requirements for a 28-day quarantine reservation:

  • Rabies Vaccination Certificate (in English or certified translation)
  • Arrival Date and Flight Number
  • Air Waybill / AWB (if available)
  • Pictures of your pet’s teeth
  • Proof of current Distemper, Bordetella, and Canine Influenza vaccination (if not current, the USDA veterinarian can update these for you upon arrival at our facility, see additional services for pricing)

IMPORTANT: If your pet displays any sign of illness at any time during quarantine, the CDC may require additional testing, treatment, and prolonged quarantine at the importer’s expense.

PAYMENT IS DUE IN FULL TO RECEIVE RESERVATION CONFIRMATION

Fees for Reservations

Reservations with a Valid Rabies Titer = $505

Included with a reservation for a dog who has a valid Rabies Titer:

  • Transport from IAD to Pender Pet Retreat
  • Holding Care & Accommodation
  • USDA-accredited Veterinary Exam
  • Rabies Vaccination booster
  • Additional fees:
    • Airline fees = $100 – $250 (varies by airline and method of travel)
    • Crates taller than 32″ = add $75
    • Arrival on Saturday or Sunday = add $300

Reservations without Rabies Titer = $3,525

Included with a reservation for a dog who does NOT have a valid Rabies Titer:

  • Transport from IAD to Pender Pet Retreat
  • Holding Care & Accommodation
  • USDA Veterinary Exam
  • Rabies Vaccination
  • Internal and External Parasite Treatment
  • 28-day Quarantine
  • USDA Veterinary Exam for release
  • If your pet is not up-to-date on the following required vaccines, ADD:
    • Distemper Vaccine = $30
    • Bordetella Vaccine = $30
    • Canine Influenza Vaccine = $45
  • Additional fees:
    • Airline fees = $100 – $250 (varies by airline and method of travel)
    • Crates taller than 32″ = add $75
    • Arrival on Saturday or Sunday = add $300
    • Additional quarantine = $100 / dog / night

PAYMENT IS DUE IN FULL TO RECEIVE RESERVATION CONFIRMATION

Expedited Services & Cancellation Policy

While we cannot guarantee reservation availability, we understand that the nature of air travel is unpredictable and can change frequently. We will do everything we can to accommodate all new reservation requests and requested changes to existing reservations. As soon as you request a reservation, a significant amount of logistics coordination time and research goes into arranging your pet’s importation. For this reason, the following policies apply to urgent reservation requests and reservation cancellations:

  • Reservations confirmed within 5 business days of arrival = $250 Expedited Fee
  • Reservations confirmed within 48-hours of flight arrival = $500 Expedited Fee
  • Reservations cancelled within 48-hours of flight arrival = $250 Cancellation Fee

Customs Clearance Services:

Should you require brokerage services for Customs Clearance of your pet(s) traveling as cargo (AWB # required), our Pet Travel Coordinators at our sister company, PenderAIR would be happy to take care of that for you. The associate fees for service are as follows:

  • Customs clearance for up to 2 pets (on same AWB) = $350
  • Each additional pet = $100
  • Weekend clearance add-on = $200

Helpful Resources

The 3 options for bringing your dog into the US from a High-risk rabies country:

All dogs must be healthy, at least 6 months old, and must have an ISO-compliant microchip implanted. Then…

  • Option A: U.S.-Issued, valid Rabies Vaccination Certificate. Any number of dogs allowed.
  • Option B: CDC Import Permit. Limit 2 per person for the duration of the CDC suspension.
  • Option C: Non-US issued Rabies Vaccine and no CDC Import Permit, also for anyone importing more than 2 dogs at a time. This option is where Animal Care Facilities are required!

*This is a VERY brief overview. For more information, please go to: https://www.cdc.gov/DogTravel

CDC Dog Import Permit Application Requirements:

  • For dogs to be eligible for a permit:
    • they must be at least 6 months old, verifiable by pictures of their teeth
    • they must have an International Standards Organization (ISO) compliant microchip implanted
    • they must have a valid Rabies Vaccination Certificate that was issued in another country
    • they must hold a valid Rabies serologic titer test from one of the CDC’s approved labs
  • With a permit, dogs must enter through one of 18 US airports with CDC quarantine stations
  • Dogs entering the US under this permit are required to be re-vaccinated for Rabies within 10 days of
    arrival

MORE INFO: www.cdc.gov/DogPermit

Rabies Serology Titer Tests:

  • Must be in English or have a certified translation
  • Must have been drawn a minimum of 30 days after initial Rabies vaccination and at least 45 days prior to arrival in the U.S.
  • Results are good for 1 year from the date the sample was drawn
  • Without a titer test, all dogs imported into the U.S. from high-risk Rabies countries must undergo revaccination followed by 28-day quarantine at a CDC-approved Animal Care Facility.
  • Test results are only accepted from CDC-approved laboratories

Approved laboratories list: https://www.cdc.gov/importation/bringing-an-animal-into-the-united- states/approved-labs.html

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