A whole bunch of pets are coming via the border every month, serving their time in quarantine like their people, however with out having to take a obligatory Covid-19 take a look at.
Most up-to-date figures from July present 518 cats and canines have been imported to New Zealand, slightly below the determine from a 12 months earlier.
The animals must be examined and given vaccines of their nation of origin, earlier than staying in a quarantine facility for 10 days after arriving in New Zealand.
Animals despatched from Australia do not need to do 10 days of quarantine.
Ministry for Major Industries animal well being supervisor Stephen Cobb stated pets underwent a lot of exams, however Covid-19 testing was not required.
“The overwhelming stability of proof is that companion animals, canines and cats, do not play any vital position within the unfold of Covid to individuals,” Cobb stated.
“This was fairly a dialogue throughout the early days of the lockdown, earlier within the 12 months.”
Whereas the pets didd not get the five-star lodge therapy of people that have been coming into the nation, they bought a superb degree of care in what have been basically kennels, Cobb stated.
There have been three quarantine services in Auckland, and one in Christchurch.