Important information for people fleeing Ukraine with companion animals is available on the website of the Federal Food Safety and Veterinary Office (FSVO)
. A fact sheet is available in Englisch
On March 24, 2022, the FSVO decided on further temporary relaxations regarding the entry with companion animals from Ukraine:
The risk of bringing rabies into the country is considered low, since a large percentage of companion animals brought into the country have had a rabies vaccination or have not been in contact with wild animals. The FSVO is therefore following the assessment of the Standing Commission on Vaccination in Veterinary Medicine (StIKo Vet) of March 1, 2022.
It is still imperative that all animals are registered upon arrival and that it is recorded whether they have been vaccinated against rabies. Cats and dogs will be vaccinated if they enter without a rabies vaccine or if there is doubt as to their immunization.
Animals with insufficient vaccination against rabies are subject to a 120-day quarantine at home from the date of entry into the EU/Switzerland. However, the competent authorities will determine the specific measures in each individual case. It is therefore important that animal keepers contact the cantonal veterinary authorities as soon as possible.
Animals with sufficient rabies vaccination that cannot be housed with their owners may be placed in private foster homes.
Persons fleeing with companion animals must fill out the form provided on the FSVO website and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Proof must be submitted that the animal is chipped (applies to dogs only) and has had a rabies vaccination that was administered more than 120 days ago, as well as proof of an antibody test (titer test).
Many veterinary clinics and certain cantons cover the costs of blood sampling and subsequent chipping. For further information, please contact the responsible cantonal veterinary offices. The costs for the rabies titer test analyses will be covered by the FSVO.
All dogs will be registered with AMICUS, the national database for dogs, after notification to the FSVO or the cantonal veterinary authority. The registration costs will be covered by Identitas AG.übernommen.
The following rules of conduct must be observed with companion animals from Ukraine (see above-mentioned FSVO fact sheet in Englisch and Ukrainian), although the competent cantonal veterinary authority may waive these measures if there is evidence of sufficient rabies immunization:
- Dogs must be kept on a short leash at all times and may not be let off the leash;
- Cats must be kept indoors at all times;
- Animals must not have contact with humans or animals other than those living in the same household;
- Animals must not be left unattended outside;
- The cantonal veterinary service is to be informed immediately if the animal disappears, shows aggressive behavior, bites someone or becomes ill.
Therefore, if a rabies outbreak is suspected, the the owners and/or foster homes must immediately contact the cantonal veterinary authorities. In such a case, the animals may only be cared for by persons vaccinated against rabies. In the canton of Zurich, only employees of the cantonal veterinary authority, the Zurich animal welfare association (Zürcher Tierschutz), and the animal shelter Tierheim Pfötli are suited for this (more informtion here).