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Expansion of Approved Suspension of Animal Movement Heath Requirements

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Georgia Department of Agriculture
Gary W. Black, Commissioner
19 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. SW
Atlanta, GA 30334

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Press Release
Friday, September 8, 2017
Office of Communications

Hurricane Animal Safety

UPDATE: Expansion of Approved Suspension of Animal Movement Heath Requirements
Animal Interstate Movement Health Requirements for entry into Georgia are temporarily suspended for the transportation of animals from all areas expected to be impacted by Hurricane Irma. This temporary suspension of entry requirements only applies to animals evacuating to Georgia from potentially affected coastal states (Florida, South Carolina and North Carolina). Animals entering Georgia under this temporary order are expected to return to their state of origin no later than September 30, 2017. Animal Movement Health Requirements continue as usual for all other animals and for all normal business activities.


In addition, a suspension of Animal Import Requirements is in effect for Georgia evacuees wishing to evacuate from the path of Hurricane Irma to South Carolina, Tennessee, North Carolina, Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee. Georgia animal evacuees wishing to enter these states should inquire with the appropriate State Veterinarian’s office for information about available animal shelters and any special instructions.

Alabama – (334) 240-7253

North Carolina - (919) 707-3252

South Carolina- (803) 788-2260

Tennessee- (615) 837-5120

When evacuating, it is important for animal owners to be prepared to care for their animals while they are away. Please be sure to bring the following items with you:

  • Current inventory of all animals, including their records: feeding, vaccinations, and tests.
  • Equine should be accompanied by a current Coggins test, if possible.
  • Proof of ownership for all animals.
  • Identification for your animals, such as ear tags, microchips, plastic neckbands and permanent markers to label animals with your name, address and telephone number.
  •  Handling equipment and appropriate tools for each kind of animal , such as halters, leads and leashes
  • Water, feed and buckets. Tools and supplies needed for sanitation.

This suspension is temporary and will expire on September 30, 2017, unless it is rescinded or extended.
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