Quarantine Facilities in Northern Ireland
Lissen Hall is booked out, or you live closer to Belfast than to Dublin, there
is an alternative Quarantine facility in the the North. It is entirely acceptable
to the Irish authorities to use this facility rather than Lissen Hall in the
Boarding and Quarantine Kennels
35 Lisnabreeny Road
Belfast BT6 9SD
I spoke to the very pleasant and helpful Mrs.
Petrie who runs Breeny Kennels, which is the only authorised Quarantine Facility
in the North
The system works like this:
Your pet would have to be flown into Aldergrove
Airport in Belfast or shipped to Belfast Port, where staff from the facility
will pick it up. That's part of the price. They can arrange pickups from Dublin
Airport, but the price goes up because two staff have to take the better part
of a day to go down and pick up the animal and clear the various paperwork
snarls and permit red tape that ensues. You are not allowed to bring the dog
to the kennel yourself, which is the same restriction that is in operation
in the South.
The animal is given a variety of vaccinations
including a rabies vaccine and all these are given regardless of previous
Once the animal has served its 6 month quarantine
and you have the necessary papers in hand, the dog can freely travel across
the border into the Republic. At that stage, you can pick the dog up in your
own car and bring it down.
Be sure to make arrangements with Mrs. Petrie
well in advance of your planned arrival, both to ensure that space is available
and so that personnel can be scheduled to pick up your animal at the Port
or Airport. Also, Breeny Kennel sends out a very complete packet of information
and forms and you'll want to have time to go through these and fill out the
forms with the help of your Vet.
For Breeny Kennels' official
leaflet detailing procedures, see below.
IMPORTATION OF DOGS AND
CATS INTO NORTHERN IRELAND
Because of the danger of introducing
Rabies through the importation of dogs or cats from foreign countries
and having regard to the fact that Northern Ireland is free from
this serious disease, it is important that the following points
should be carefully noted:-
1. Dogs or cats may not be brought
into Northern Ireland from countries other than Great Britain,
the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man and the Republic of Ireland
except under the terms and subject to the conditions of a licence
obtained before the time of importation. This restriction applies
also to imported foreign dogs or cats which have been in Great
Britain, the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man or the Republic
of Ireland for less than 6 months before being brought to Northern
Application for an Import licence
should be made to: -
Animal Health and Welfare Branch
Department of Agriculture for Northern Ireland
Room 715, Dundonald House
Upper Newtownards Road
Belfast BT4 3SB
Telephone: Belfast +44 (1232) 28 9052 4622
The licence must accompany the
animal on its journey to Northern Ireland.
2. It is recommended that dogs
or cats should be consigned only to Belfast Port or Belfast International
Airport, Aldergrove, Belfast. On arrival they will be moved to
the authorised quarantine premises.
3 . All dogs and cats imported
from abroad are required to be detained and isolated for a period
of not less than 6 calendar months from the date of importation
at quarantine premises, approved for the purpose by the Department.
In accordance with the Regulations they will be vaccinated with
an inactivated anti-rabies vaccine while in quarantine. The owner
will be liable for the cost of vaccination. ALTHOUGH DOGS AND
CATS MAY BE VACCINATED AGAINST RABIES BEFORE ENTRY INTO NORTHERN
IRELAND SUCH VACCINATIONS MUST NOT BE CARRIED OUT WITHIN 14 DAYS
OF THE DATE OF IMPORTATION.
4. The approved kennels are owned
W D J McCartney and E Petrie
Breeny Boarding and Quarantine Kennels
35 Lisnabreeny Road
Belfast BT6 9SD
Telephone: Belfast +44 (1232) 90-402 068
Fax: Belfast +44 (1232) 90 705 775
5. Owners intending to import
a dog or a cat into Northern Ireland should communicate with Mrs.
Petrie to establish if they are in a position to receive the animals
for the quarantine period. As much notice as possible should be
given as accommodation may be limited. It should be noted that
an import licence cannot be granted until the Department has received
confirmation that quarantine accommodation is available.
6. Charges for accommodation and
vaccination are a matter for settlement between the importer and
Mrs. Petrie. A statement of fees and other charges can be obtained
from Mrs. Petrie on request. All expenses in connection with the
transportation, quarantine and vaccination of a dog/cat will be
payable by the owner. The Department will not be responsible for
the loss, death, injury or illness of any animal when in transit
to, or detention in the quarantine premises in Northern Ireland.
7. The following is a guide to
the conditions of a licence issued for the importation into Northern
Ireland of a dog or cat from abroad:-
(i) The imported animal shall
(a) Landed on or before the date
specified on the licence at a port/airport approved by the Department-,
(b) Separately confined during
the journey and until arrival at the quarantine premises in a
suitable hamper, crate, box or other receptacle which shall contain
no hay, straw or peat moss litter and to which no other dog or
cat shall have access;
(c) Retained at the place of landing
until approval has been received from an officer of the Department
to transport the animal to the quarantine premises.
(d) Vaccinated at the owners expense
during the quarantine period with anti-rabies inactivated vaccine.
(ii) Artificial insemination of
any bitch isolated in the place of detention or of a bitch from
any dog isolated in the place of detention is prohibited.
(iii) The person in charge of
the imported animal at the time of landing shall, on request by
an Officer of Customs and Excise or an Officer of the Department
or a Constable, produce the licence authorising the importation
of the animal.
EVERY PRECAUTION SHOULD BE TAKEN
BY AIRLINE AND SIHPPING CONTANIES TO ENSURE THAT NO DOG OR CAT
IS ACCEPTED FOR TRANSPORT TO NORTHERN IRELAND FROM PLACES OUTSIDE
THE BRITISH ISLES UNLESS IT IS ACCOMPANIED BY A LICENCE ISSUED
UNDER THE PROVISIONS OF THE ORDER.
PERMITS AUTHORISING VISITS ARE
ISSUED AUTOMATICALLY BY THE DEPARTMENT. VISITS ARE BY PRIOR ARRANGEMENT
WITH MRS PETRIE.
The Government commissioned a
team of Independent Scientists to conduct a scientific assessment
of possible alternatives to the current quarantine policy. Their
report was published on 23 September 1998, a copy can be obtained
from Animal Health and Welfare Division. A full consultation exercise
is in progress with a deadline of 31 December 1998 for comments
on the recommendations.
Meanwhile the 6 months quarantine
requirement for all imported pet dogs and cats remains in place.
BREENY BOARDING AND QUARANTINE
are Ministry of Agriculture approved carrying agents and will collect your pet
from Belfast International Airport as soon as customs clearance has been completed
We would be grateful if you could give us at least 7 clear days notice of arrival
and would ask whenever possible pets are sent to arrive on a weekday and not
over weekends or Bank Holiday periods.
From Aldergrove we will take the
pet to our quarantine station which is situated in the Castlereagh
Hills a few miles outside Belfast. All the animals in our care
are given regular health checks(there is a Veterinary Surgeon
resident on the quarantine premises) and are groomed on a regular
Our dog kennels vary in size from
98sq ft. to just over 200 sq. ft. The sleeping quarters are tiled
and each dog is provided with a rigid plastic bed lined with a
vetbed or a blanket. The runs are built around a central courtyard,
visible from our own residence which allows the dogs to see and
hear each other without making physical contact and allows them
to see the comings and goings of our staff and ourselves.
In addition all the dogs are exercised
twice daily (weather permitting) in a very large exercise area
which looks out onto open fields. During these exercise sessions
we will play ball, tug of war etc. with the more energetic dogs
and in the case of older pets or toy dogs just give them a bit
of a cuddle, thus ensuring all dogs get sufficient human contact
and hopefully do not become too bored.
Our cattery is very modern and
comfortable and the individual kennels vary in size from 35sq.ft.
to 50 sq ft. The sleeping area is raised and heated and each cat
is provided with a rigid plastic bed lined with vet bed The exercise
area is tiled and we provide scratching logs and ping pong balls
etc for your cats amusement. All the cats are groomed regularly
and benefit from regular play/cuddle sessions with our staff
As a pet owner myself I fully
understand owner's concerns about putting their pets into kennels
for such a long time. However most of the dogs and cats in our
care are much loved and often very pampered members of the family
and although it takes a little time for them to come to know and
trust us, with proper care and attention most animals adapt very
quickly to their new surroundings and come through the quarantine
period with remarkable ease. Obviously any information owners
can give us about their pets likes/dislikes food preferences,
previous medical history etc. does help us to settle them in more
quickly and generally feel more at home during their stay with
us. Above all else all the pets in our care receive LOTS of care
I hope this information has been
helpful and should you require any additional information or feel
that I may be of assistance in any way please do not hesitate
to get in touch.
Eileen Petrie (Mrs.)