Small Animal International Imports

International Import Requirements for Small Animals into Colorado

  1. Contact the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) at (404) 639-3311 to get international importation requirements.
  2. Colorado has specific importation requirements in addition to the CDC's United States import requirements.  Check the appropriate link below for species-specific Colorado import requirements.

Importing Dogs And Cats From Other Countries Into Colorado

Canine

  • Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (CVI) issued by an accredited veterinarian within 30 days prior to entry and stating that the dogs are free from exposure to rabies.
  • Rabies vaccination needs to be current, and administered prior to entry into Colorado for all dogs greater than 3 months of age.

Exotic Small Animal

  • Approval from the Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) prior to entry by calling (303) 291-7227.
  • Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (CVI) issued by an accredited veterinarian within 30 days prior to entry.
  • Permit required prior to entry by calling (303) 869-9130.

Feline

  • Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (CVI) issued by an accredited veterinarian within 30 days prior to entry and stating that the cats are free from exposure to rabies.
  • Rabies vaccination needs to be current, and administered prior to entry into Colorado for all cats greater than 3 months of age.

Ferret

  • Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (CVI) issued by an accredited veterinarian within 30 days prior to entry.

Pet Bird

  • Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (CVI) issued by an accredited veterinarian within 30 days prior to entry.
  • All Psittacine birds to be sold or transferred to a new owner shall be banded with an approved bird band prior to entry.

Rabbit

  • Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (CVI) issued by an accredited veterinarian within 30 days prior to entry.