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Importation of Dogs and Cats into Maine for Resale or Adoption
This webpage contains information for individuals who wish to import dogs or cats into Maine for resale (sales to pet shops or other retail outlets) or for adoption (rescue groups who plan to bring dogs into Maine to be adopted by another person). Maine’s rules are very specific for animals in this classification and they include the following:
Minimum age: 56 days.
**Policy Change on Import Rule**
May 14, 2012
The Department’s current rule on importing dogs for rescue or adoption requires that all animals be tested for heartworm, Lyme disease and Ehrlichia. Some veterinarians and importers have pointed out to me in recent months that it is not recommended to test dogs less than six months of age for heartworm and probably is also not necessary for the other diseases in dogs that young either. Therefore, until the rule can be amended, as a matter of policy, the Department will not require heartworm, Lyme or Ehrlichia tests for dogs less than six months (180 days) of age.
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