Veterinary practices are experiencing unprecedented stress and high demands. This can be frustrating for pet owners as it means longer waits for appointments, reduced hours or complete closure of some facilities, and emergency rooms turning away patients they would have seen in previous years. Along with the current stressful work environment, many veterinary professionals report they are increasingly subjected to hostile, belligerent, and sometimes threatening behavior by some of the pet owners who come to them for care. Read more about this situation and how, in the face of all the changes we are seeing, we are far from helpless! There is a great deal that we can do to help our dogs live happy and healthy lives while making the best use of our veterinary professionals.
The CDC suspension on dogs entering the US from "high-risk" rabies countries has gone into effect July 14, 2021. SEVA GRREAT is actively involved with the non-profit rescues across the country to request an exemption from the suspension. A letter to the CDC was organized by our national representative and signed by over 50 non-profit rescues. The exemption request is for those non-profits who obtain the appropriate permits issued by USDA-APHIS to bring the dogs into the US. Animal Wellness Action is the group we are working with to represent us in Washington and with the CDC. We are also using this letter to explain to members of the Senate and House what the issue is and why the requested exemption will address the concerns of the CDC. While we know a response will not come quickly, initial conversations with the CDC indicate they may be open to discussing this requested exemption.
We will be following the very closely and will provide updates via our website and social media as we get them.
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