Hundreds of pets cleared for entry
More than 200 cats and dogs were allowed to enter the country without having to be kept in quarantine last month after checks by customs officers at Shanghai Pudong International Airport.
They received 311 cats and dogs in May, doubling that of the same period last year. Nearly 70 percent of them passed inspection and quarantine tests and were allowed in, with 93 kept in quarantine and four returned.
Regulations came into effect on May 1 which streamlined clearance procedure at the airport. Under the regulations, cats and dogs from designated countries or regions carrying valid electronic chips and related health certificates and which pass on-site inspections are no longer subject to quarantine.
As one of the city's ports capable of giving pets on-site inspections and quarantine checks, the Pudong airport is receiving an increasing number of pets brought by passengers into China, including those of a growing number of foreigners and those returning from studying abroad.