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Dog Registration Regulations – 2016/2017 update on the laws in Beijing

 

Strict Enforcement of Dog Registration and Licensing in 2016

2016 is expected to be a year of strict enforcement for registering dogs. The government uses the dog licensing program to control and ensure rabies vaccinations for dogs. According to the Ministry of Health, the number of human rabies deaths in Beijing has been on the rise, increasing from 4 confirmed deaths in 2014 to 8 confirmed deaths as of August 2015. All of these rabies fatalities were caused by exposures to dogs.

 

All dogs must be rabies vaccinated annually in China. China does not recognize the 3-year rabies vaccines from other countries. Registered dogs must show proof of a legal rabies vaccination within the past 12-months to renew registration. The PSBs in various districts are already sending police officers into residential neighborhoods to remind dog owners to register their dogs. Even though the official dog registration period is from May 1st to June 30th, the crackdowns have begun earlier each year. ICVS strongly recommends owners to register and renew dog licenses by May 31st. Any dog that is not licensed is classified as a stray dog. Once the official crackdown begins after May 31st, unlicensed dogs may be taken away on the spot by the PSB. Owners will have to pay the dog licensing fee and also a potential fine of up to RMB 5000.00.

 

To renew dog licenses, owners must prove that their dogs received a rabies vaccination from an officially designated animal rabies vaccination hospital within the past 12-months. The PSB will not renew your dog license without proof of rabies vaccination for your dog. Your official vaccination certificate known as the Beijing Animal Health and Immunity Certificate (e.g., vaccination red book), should be brought to the PSB to verify your dog’s legal rabies vaccination. Some local hospitals are also issuing paper A4 rabies vaccination certificates which may also be used as proof of rabies vaccination at the PSB. Legally rabies vaccinated dogs are also required to wear the new rabies ID tag on their collars.

 

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Officially Designated Animal Rabies Vaccination Hospitals

Please ensure your pet is vaccinated at a legally registered and officially designated animal rabies vaccination hospital. Only officially licensed and designated animal vaccination hospitals are allowed to purchase and administer animal vaccines that are legally imported, registered with the State Food & Drug Administration (SFDA) and safe for pets. Designated animal vaccination hospitals must display a gold plaque issued by the Agricultural Bureau featuring the hospital’s “Vaccine License Number” (see photo, below). Unauthorized facilities such as pet shops, pet product retailers, boarding kennels, grooming salons, dog training schools, non-designated animal clinics and pet hospitals are NOT permitted to procure and administer legally registered vaccines. Please take caution as you may risk having your pets injected with products that may have been sourced through unsecured illegal channels. These products may be expired, counterfeit, or improperly stored and ineffective (e.g., non-refrigerated vaccines). Pets that are vaccinated at non-designated rabies vaccination hospitals are not protected from rabies. More than 95% of the more than 3,000 annual human rabies deaths in China are traced back to dogs, most of whom were never vaccinated or were vaccinated at non-designated animal rabies vaccination hospitals.

 

 

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Official “Animal Rabies Vaccination Clinic” plaque at ICVS

 

 ICVS is a legally registered and officially designated animal vaccination and full service pet hospital in Chaoyang District and can provide rabies, distemper and all other vaccinations for all pets. ICVS can issue the official Beijing Animal Health and Immunity Certificate (e.g., vaccination red book) and the new rabies ID tags. The new rabies ID tags must be worn by all dogs and are issued together with the vaccination red books.

 

 The vaccination red book is an important legal document and is still required for dog registration and by the Quarantine Bureau to approve pets for overseas export or to take them to other cities. You no longer need to carry your vaccination red book with you when walking your dog as all dogs can now wear the rabies ID tag to prove legal rabies vaccinations.

 

 If you have a legally registered dog from any district in Beijing, bring your dog license ID card and your fa piao to enjoy 50% discounts on rabies and canine distemper vaccinations at ICVS!

 

 Dogs with valid dog licenses and fa piaos issued in Chaoyang District can enjoy a FREE annual rabies vaccination at ICVS AND 50% discount on the canine distemper vaccination.

 

 

Carrying Your Dog Licenses

Owners should carry their dog licenses with them when walking dogs or at least a photo copy of the dog license. If your dog license ID card has not been issued yet or if you are awaiting a replacement ID card, carry a copy of your “fa piao” that you received at the time of payment for the registration and licensing fee. The “fa piao” serves as proof that your dog is legally registered. During the dog registration drive and ensuing crackdown period, all persons walking dogs should carry a valid dog license or the “fa piao.” The PSB have in the past taken dogs away if the owners could not produce a valid dog license or fa piao on the spot.

 

Official Dog registration and licensing period in Beijing:

  • All dogs in Beijing municipality must be registered. There are no exceptions. The law applies to dogs owned by diplomats as well as to service dogs
  • For NEW dogs (never previously registered): Pet owners may register newly adopted or imported dogs anytime after January 1st. Please inquire with your local Public Security Bureau (PSB) to register your new dog. The registration will be valid from the date of registration payment until April 30, 2017
  • For dogs that are already registered: The registration renewal period for all dogs in BJ municipality runs from May 1st - June 30th each year. The renewed dog license will be valid this year from May 1, 2016 to April 30, 2017
  • The Public Security Bureau (PSB) administers dog registrations and issues licenses. Please check with your local PSB if you have any specific questions concerning registration of dogs in your neighborhood. Each local PSB precinct (Pai Chu Suo) will have the final say on registration of dogs within their neighborhoods.

 

Microchipping:

  • There is no municipality-wide microchipping requirement in Beijing for dog registration purposes. However, microchipping your pets (dogs and cats) is strongly recommended as it allows owners to prove ownership and also has helped lost and found pets be reunited with their families
  • For identification purposes, owners are recommended to attach a Pet ID tag to the collar with the mobile phone number engraved on the tag, even if the pet is already microchipped
  • ICVS can custom-engrave Pet ID tags for pet owners on-site within minutes
  • ICVS offers microchipping services for all pets with the European Union ISO 11784/11785 standard microchips. Please contact ICVS for more information about microchipping services.

 

Size Restrictions on Dogs and Registering Multiple Dogs:

  • Dogs registered within the 8 major districts of Beijing Municipality (e.g., Chaoyang, Dongcheng, Xicheng, Chongwen, Xuanwu, Haidian, Fengtai, and Shijingshan) must not be taller than 35-cm from the ground to shoulder
  • Only one dog may be registered per household address. If you own multiple dogs, you will need a second household address to register the second dog
  • The Beijing municipal government has also issued a list of 40 breeds of dogs deemed "aggressive" that may not be registered under any circumstances within the 8 districts of strict dog ownership enforcement. Please contact ICVS if you wish to check if your dog may be listed as a banned breed.

 

Initial Registration of your Dog:

  • If you are registering your dog for the very first time, you DO NOT NEED TO SHOW PROOF OF RABIES VACCINATION to the PSB. Explain to the police that you are registering your dog FOR THE FIRST TIME
  • The PSB’s assumption is that newly adopted dogs or puppies have not yet been rabies vaccinated by the new owner. Once you pay the registration fee and receive your license, you are eligible to go to an officially designated animal rabies vaccination hospital for a FREE or significantly discounted rabies vaccination
  • The International Center for Veterinary Services (ICVS) is an officially designated animal rabies vaccination hospital. Dogs registered in Chaoyang District are eligible for a FREE rabies vaccination with proof of valid license and the “fa piao” (official receipt) from the PSB
  • All registered dogs with valid licenses from any other districts are eligible for discounted rabies and other vaccinations. This is part of ICVS’ program to encourage dog owners to register their dogs. The law requires all dogs in China to be rabies vaccinated each year. China does NOT recognize the 3-year animal rabies vaccines used by other countries
  • If your dog is spayed or neutered at an officially licensed and registered animal hospital such as ICVS, the hospital can issue you an official BJ “Spay/Neuter Certificate.” This spay/neuter certificate entitles the owner up to a 50% discount on the initial registration fee at the PSB (e.g., RMB 1,000.00 initial fee, reduced to RMB 500.00).

 

Annual Renewal of Dog Registration Licenses:

  • If you have already registered your dog last year, please ensure that you renew the registration for 2016/2017
  • All registered dogs must have their registrations renewed during May 1st - June 30th each year
  • If you spayed or neutered your dog after the initial registration, your official “Spay/Neuter Certificate” from ICVS will entitle you to a discount (e.g., up to RMB 200.00) on the registration renewal fee at the PSB. Check with your local PSB for details and restrictions
  • To RENEW the license, you will need to prove to your local PSB that your dog has been vaccinated for rabies at an officially designated animal rabies vaccination hospital. The PSB will ask you for the official Beijing Animal Health and Immunity Certificate (vaccination red book) before renewing the license
  • For step-by-step instructions on how to “Register Dogs in Beijing,” please see the full document at:

http://www.icvsasia.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=70%3Aregistering-dogs-in-beijing&catid=45%3Aregistering-dogs-in-china&Itemid=73&lang=en

 

 

Please contact ICVS with any questions or concerns about registering dogs in Beijing:

Tel: (010) 8456-1939/1940

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