Oregon lifts animal import embargo
SALEM – The Oregon Department of Agriculture is providing an emergency exemption to all import requirements for companion animals and livestock that must be moved due to evacuation orders. The move comes as wildfires are erupting in Oregon and neighboring states.
ODA has set conditions for the exemption. They include that the farm or residence must be under level 1, 2, or 3 evacuation orders at the time of entry to Oregon.
Animal owners must give email or telephone notification of entry within 72 hours after arriving in the state. The email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. The telephone number is 503-986-4680.
The notification must include the complete physical address of the animals’ home, the name and phone number of the animals’ owners, the complete physical address where the animals are in Oregon, and the number and species of animals being evacuated.
The animals must return to their home states within 30 days of entering Oregon. If that’s not possible, the owner must notify the Oregon State Veterinarian at the above number before the 30th day. The emergency exemption is now in effect and will remain so through Sept. 30.