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A pet or companion animal is an animal kept primarily for a person’s company, protection, or entertainment rather than as a working animal , livestock , or laboratory animal Popular pets are often noted for their attractive appearances, intelligence , and relatable personalities. The recent popularity of designer” dogs, cats, micro-pigs and other pets may seem to suggest that pet keeping is no more than a fad. Indeed, it is often assumed that pets are a Western affectation, a weird relic of the working animals kept by communities of the past. Dogs may be denied entry if they look like they are sick with a communicable disease or if proof of a valid rabies vaccination is not provided. If a dog appears to be sick at the port of entry, further examination by a licensed veterinarian at the dog owner’s expense might be required. See International Travel with Your Pet for more information.

I address this issue of the “purpose” of pets at length in my book and will visit the issue in a future blog. My point in this blog was simply to raise the question of why smart animals never (well, almost never) keep pets. Sembawang Animal Quarantine Station provides quarantine for imported dogs and cats so that exotic diseases like rabies are not introduced into Singapore.

Many breeds of certain animal species – dogs and cats, for example – have a long history of being human companions, and keeping these as pets is morally good, since this is the natural way for these animals to live. Indeed, forcing such animals to live in a wild environment that they are unfitted for would be morally wrong. Even thousands of years ago, people treated their beloved pets just like humans. The animals died naturally and were buried beside treasured items.

Looking after a pet is a big responsibility, but when you consider all the benefits above, they make all that hard work worthwhile. Whether you choose to keep a cat, dog, horse or hamster, they’ll make a great companion. Find out why bats, bears, coatis, primates, and other animals don’t belong in your home in this list of the top 10 bad pets. Let’s Feed & Care for Shelter Animals Every Day! Together we’ve funded 637,367,399 bowls of food. Learn more When you click, our sponsors fund food for hungry shelter pets.

If your application is approved, CDC will email the permit to you. Only one permit per dog, per trip. The permit is good until the expiration date. If your itinerary changes, you must email changes to CDCanimalimports@ along with your permit number. CDC will revise the permit and resend to you. Pet Talk People talking about their pets. Wild animals are not pets, and they shouldn’t be treated as such. Here are five reasons why you shouldn’t try to raise a wild animal on your own.