The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine is seeking applications from private operators to be an approved quarantine facility for cats, dogs and ferrets.
Under EU law, cats, dogs and ferrets are subject to notification and inspection upon entry from a non-EU member state. Cats, dogs and ferrets from EU countries are subject to spot-checks. The Department carries out checks at points of entry into Ireland on incoming cats, dogs and ferrets.
If an animal fails a compliance check, the Department may have to place it into official isolation (quarantine). The Department is accepting applications from those wishing to become an approved quarantine facility and will conclude a contract with a successful applicant.
Funding may be provided to an approved quarantine facility in respect of certain, defined, eligible costs incurred in the maintenance of the quarantine facility, and has the aim of ensuring that approved quarantine facilities maintain the highest standards of biosecurity. Applications can be submitted from today until the 5pm on the 4 August.
Further information is available at gov.ie – Pet Travel (www.gov.ie).