HYBRID LAWS, National and International
The Savannah is a hybrid breed and some states ban them or have restrictions what generation you can have in your state. This page will guide you in the best of my knowledge to be accurate, but please always check your state, county and city laws to make sure if you want to purchase a Savannah that it is legal to own a Savannah where you live.
Illegal USA states and areas to own a Savannah;
ALASKA : a new law passed in 2011, F5 Savannah's and lower are allowed but need to have a permit http://www.adn.com/news/alaska/wildlife/story/1123554.html
Alaska Department of Fish & Game
ALASKA STATE LEGISLATURE
COLORADO: Denver, all generations Savannah ILLEGAL!!!!
CONNECTICUT: Connecticut Governor has signed Bill SB1018 and now all generations of Savannah, Bengals and Chausie cats are now legal to own.
DELAWARE: PERMITS needed for ownership Savannah's
GEORGIA: All generations Savannah are ILLEGAL!!!!
HAWAII: All generations Savannah are ILLEGAL!!!!
IDAHO: F1 Savannah ILLEGAL!!!! , other generations are allowed
INDIANA: permit is not required by the DNR to possess an F2 savannah cat. In Indiana, only a license from the USDA - APHIS - Animal Care Division is required to breed and sell hybrid cats.A wild animal possession permit is required to possess an F1 as well as the parent cat - the serval.
IOWA: F4 and beyond (F5-F6-SBT) legal as of July 1st 2013
MARYLAND: No Savannah allowed over 30 pounds of weight
MAINE: laws unclear, check your county laws.
MINNESOTA: all members of the Felidae family including, but not limited to, lions, tigers, cougars, leopards, cheetahs, ocelots, and servals, but not including domestic cats or cats recognized as a domestic breed, registered as a domestic breed, and shown as a domestic breed by a national or international multibreed cat registry association; hybrids are illegal in the city of Minneapolis.
MASSACHUSETTS: F4 generations and lower are allowed. The MA caveat reads; Chapter 131:Section 77A. Wild canid and felid hybrids.The provisions of this section shall not apply to an owner or person possessing a domesticated show or pet cat registered with a nationally or internationally recognized breeding association or registry which certifies the pedigree and registration of such cat to be without any wild felid parentage for a minimum of three generations. All generations of hybrids are ILLEGAL in the city of BOSTON
NEBRASKA: All generations Savannah's ILLEGAL!!!
NEW HAMPSHIRE: F4 generations and lower are allowed
NEW YORK: F5 generations and lower allowed in New York state but are ILLEGAL in New York City, Manhattan, staten Island, Bronx, Queens,Brooklyn.
NORTH CAROLINA: Wake County and New Haven County do not allow SV's. Laws unclear, some have a 15 pound weight restriction. Burke County - Morganton, The ordinance also calls for the ban of dangerous exotic animals or reptiles, or hybrids of what is considered a dangerous animal such as a cross between a wolf and dog. Any existing dangerous exotic animals or reptiles, or hybrids of a dangerous animal are allowed as long as the owner has the animal spayed or neutered, according to the ordinance. The ordinance cannot be enforced in a town or city limits unless it adopts a resolution giving the county the right to enforce the ordinance within its boundaries.Check your county.
RHODE ISLAND: All generations Savannah's ILLEGAL!!! http://www.dem.ri.gov/pubs/regs/regs/fishwild/f_wimprt.pdf
TEXAS: the law is very complicated in in this state.This is the law that 254 Texas counties use since 2001: House Bill 1362, enacted by the Seventy-seventh Texas Legislature, amended chapter 822 of the Health and Safety Code by adding subchapter E. See Act of Apr. 25, 2001, 77th Leg., R.S., ch. 54, 2001 Tex. Gen. Laws 90. Section 822.103 provides that "[a] person may not own, harbor, or have custody or control of a dangerous wild animal for any purpose unless the person holds a certificate of registration for that animal issued by an animal registration agency." Tex. Health & Safety Code Ann. § 822.103(a) (Vernon Supp. 2002). A dangerous wild animal is defined to include a lion, tiger, cougar, leopard, cheetah, jaguar, bobcat, lynx, serval, caracal, hyena, bear, coyote, jackal, gorilla, baboon, chimpanzee, an orangutan, and an ocelot, or any hybrid therefrom. See id. § 822.101(4).
Texas law regarding ownership of dangerous wild animals can be found at:
The Serval is listed under the dangerous wild animals, and it means Servals and the offspring (Savannah's) are considered wild animals and not allowed to have.
"Animal registration agency" is defined as "the municipal or county animal control office with authority over the area where a dangerous wild animal is kept or a county sheriff in an area that does not have an animal control office.
Please check your county and city laws with the Animal Control Officer before you want to purchase a Savannah!!!!!! No Savannahs at all can live as a pet in a home in Texas. No Savannahs of any generation can live in a county that bans them and no Savannahs can live in a county that allows them unless they are caged in a way that the laws and the permits allow.
VIRGINIA: Check your county and state for permits. Hybrid cats require a permit in Hanover County, Virginia
Permits for threatened or endangered species
VERMONT: F4 generations and lower are allowed
WASHINGTON: in the city limits of Seattle, all generations Savannah's ILLEGAL!!
WISCONSIN: Dane county to ban all animal hybrids with domestic species
West Virginia: Check your state and county laws to be sure if it is allowed to own a Savannah. In Some counties Savannah's are illegal and other counties that require permits.
In order to import or export outside the US, Cities import and export permits are required for F1 - F4 hybrids. From F5 on, no Cities is needed, instead an original Tica 5 generation pedigree to prove the cat is 5 generations removed from the wild cat. There are different regulations in each country for keeping hybrids.
Australia, cat hybrids of all generations are banned. http://www.daff.gov.au/aqis/cat-dogs
Austria: No restrictions on F2 and later generations.
ALBERTA: F1 till F3 ILLEGAL!!!! F4's and lower are allowed to have.
OTTAWA: F1 generations are ILLEGAL!!!! . All cats other than domesticated cats (Felis catus) including but not limited to: lion, tiger, leopard, ocelot, jaguar, puma, panther, mountain lion, cheetah, wild cat, cougar, bobcat, lynx, serval, and any hybrid offspring of a wild cat and domesticated cat.
Saskatchewan: NO savannahs are allowed in Saskatchewan of any generation..
Rabies vaccinated at least 30 days prior to travel to Colombia. Rabies vaccination is not required for pets entering from a rabies free country or dogs and cats that are less than 4 months old.The US is NOT a rabies free country and also the cat must be vaccinated for Distemper.The veterinarian has to certify that that the pet is healthy, free of parasites and that there is no evidence of diseases communicable to humans. It is highly recommended that your pet be on a flea and tick prevention program prior to entering Colombia. No Import Permit is required for personal pets accompanied by their owners.The form must be completed and signed by a veterinarian licensed in the Country of origin. Colombia REQUIRES the USDA certification stamp.Microchip: Each Pet shall be identified by means of a microchip. No other form of identification is acceptable. The microchip used should comply with ISO Standard 11784 or Annex A to ISO standard 11785.
Pet Travel Scheme is available for F2 and later generations. Hybrids must wait for 21 days after receiving their rabies vaccination before being shipped; for F1 a wild cat license is required.
In order to get the CITES import document, permits for housing and an outside enclosure of certain size is required for F1 - F4. The buyer in Germany needs special permits to be allowed to import and keep an F1 - F4. And the new owner has to built an outside enclosure and obtained the proper permits, because if not, the CITES import permit will not be issued. Since the import permit will only be processed after a copy of the export permit is provided. Microchipping is required. Rabies vaccination at 12 weeks of age is required; travel 21 days after vaccinating is permitted
hybrids of all generations are banned
Cities with F1-F4. International microchip, rabies vaccination and after a 30 day waiting period the kitten can be shipped.
NORWAY,SWEDEN:F1 - F4 hybrids banned, F5 and later generations allowed, but either need to put into a 4 months quarantine or the kitten need with 3 months of age a rabies vaccination,a rabies antibody titre test need to be done. If the test comes back within the acceptable range, then 4 months of quarantine will begin before the cat can be shipped.
For F1-F4 generations Cities import permit is required . International microchip.Rabies vaccination is required with a 30 day waiting period after vaccinating before shipping. Further information can be obtained from the Federal Vet in Switzerland, Schwarzenburgerstrasse 161,3097, Liebfeld-Berne, Tel.: (+41) (0)31 323 85 02
International Pet Travel
list of airlines and their policies about traveling with pets
Links to find out more about International requirements for pets
Pet Quarantine - Pet Passport - Pet Immigration
Country Cities requirements:
INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING AND REQUIREMENTS
In order to import to Europe, Cities import and export permits are required for F1 - F4 hybrids. From F5 on, no Cities is needed, instead an original Tica 5 generation pedigree to prove the cat is 5 generations removed from the wild cat. There are different regulations in each country for keeping hybrids.
Some countries in Europe have no restrictions on F2 and later generations, but might ask for special permits to keep F1 – F4 hybrids, when they are imported from outside the EU; Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Finland, France, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland.
All cats/kittens shipped to Europe need to have an international microchip, International EU health certificate, rabies vaccination. All papers have to be endorsed by the USDA. The cat/kittens have to go through a airport destination port and be inspected by Fish and Wildlife.
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