Ukrainian refugees whose lives have been torn apart by war are arriving in the US in the hopes of restarting their lives. However, many are discovering that they cannot bring their beloved pets into the country because of the CDC ban on dogs arriving from countries, such as Ukraine, which are classified as high risk for rabies.
This is an excerpt from the article published by the CDC:" As of July 14, 2021, there is a temporary suspension for dogs entering the United States from high-risk countries for dog rabies. This includes dogs arriving from countries not at high risk if the dogs have been in a high-risk country in the past 6 months."
Refugees arriving at the US border in New Mexico have had to make the heartbreaking decision to leave their dogs behind. This is what Victoria Pindrik, a volunteer with the Save Ukraine Relief Fund, had to say to the NY Times: “The number of dogs here has been growing day by day. Dogs have been sent back to us.”
She added that the legal process and quarantine time involved to gain entry into the US could take several weeks. This is what the CDC had to say in the article: “We are working with NGOs in Mexico and the U.S. along the border to ensure persons arriving from Ukraine with their dogs meet entry requirements before entering the U.S., or that they have a safe place to quarantine dogs if they arrive and do not meet C.D.C. entry requirements."