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While many people have kept many different species of animals in captivity over the course of human history, only a relative few have been kept long enough to be considered domesticated Other types of animals, notably monkeys , have never been domesticated but are still sold and kept as pets. There are also inanimate objects that have been kept as “pets”, either as a form of a game or humorously (e.g. the Pet Rock or Chia Pet ).

Physical injury is just one of the risks of keeping a wild animal. Many wild animals carry zoonotic diseases (illnesses that can be transferred from animals to humans), such as Brucellosis, Salmonella and Ringworm. They often carry parasites, as well, that can be transmitted to humans or other pets. Any way you look at it, keeping a wild animal as a pet is a dangerous proposition.

Member States may authorise registered military or search-and-rescue dogs to move through a point of entry other than a travellers’ point of entry. We donate a portion of every purchase to an individual pet in need, a shelter or an animal welfare organization. Cats can live up to 15 years or more, so you should be prepared to make a long-term commitment if you adopt a kitten.

Pet owners should also consider the possibility of emergency situations while overseas that could require rapid departure or shipping of a pet. Take time to think about the resources your pet(s) might need and consider options for sheltering them in-country as well as making plans for departure on short notice. The resource sheet below from the Overseas Briefing Center offers tips and topics to assist you in planning for emergency needs for your pet.