What Are the Animal Ownership Laws in Oregon?

When you are moving to another location, you want to make sure all members of your family are welcome, including your pets. In the state of Oregon, there are certain animal ownership laws that you need to be aware of so that your pet doesn't violate local regulations. Here are some basic laws regarding pet ownership in this state.

Domestic Pet Requirements

If you move to Oregon with your bird, cat, or dog, you will need to obtain a health certificate from a veterinarian within 30 days. Your cat and dog will need to be vaccinated for rabies if they are older than 4 months. If the pet has obtained a 3-year vaccine previously, that will be accepted. If your pet has come from a state that has issued a quarantine to pets due to rabies, the rabies vaccination had to be given within the previous 12 months.

The only exception to these rules is if your bird has lived with the same family for the entire time when traveling or moving to the region. Then no health certificate is required.

If you are importing a domestic pet into the area, no import permit is required for cats or dogs, unless you are importing them from an international location. Then you will have to follow all state of destination and national requirements under the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). For birds, an import permit may be required as you will have to call the Oregon Department of Agriculture office for more information.

Exotic Pet Requirements

Exotic pets are prohibited in the state of Oregon unless you have previously obtained an exotic pet permit from the state of Oregon prior to 2010. You cannot get an exotic permit after that year. Exotic pets that are allowed in Oregon include non-human primates, crocodilians, bears except for the American black bear, and non-indigenous canines or felines which are not domestic or domestic crosses.

Oregon Animal Statutes

When providing care, shelter, and tethering of your pets, there are also certain Oregon statutes to be aware of so your pet is properly taken care of on your property. The basic care statutes stipulate that all pets should get at least minimal care as they should have enough quality food in the right quantity to allow for normal growth or to maintain their body weight. They should also have access to potable drinking water, a suitable air temperature, and veterinarian care if they are injured, ill or have a disease. Your pet should also be in a location free from contaminants and waste that could impact their health.

If you plan to tether your pet, the pet should never have the tether on longer than 10 hours a day if the tether is a chain, The pet should not be on a tether for 15 hours a day if the tether is on a runner or a trolley.

If your pet will spend time outside, they will need to have adequate shelters such as a barn, enclosed structure, or doghouse. The shelter can be commercially made, such as a dog igloo, or constructed by the pet owner. Make sure that the structure provides protection from the rain, snow, wind, and sun as the bedding should not get damp or cold.

Inadequate shelters include:

  • Crawlspaces
  • Shelters made out of degradable materials like cardboard
  • Inside or under vehicles
  • Travel crates made out of wire or plastic
  • Shelters with chain-link or a wire floor unless the pet is a bird
  • Shelters surrounded by waste or debris that can impact their health

Keep your pet healthy and safe while obeying all Oregon laws and statues. Then you can create a happy home for everyone.

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