In many parts of the world, you can take your pet on a walk, or you can bring your pet to a veterinary clinic to have it vaccinated.
But in China, you may not be able to take your animal on a long journey to a veterinarian.
The country has strict laws regarding animal transport, and even if you do bring your animal to a vet, you might not be allowed to bring it home, or have it euthanized, according to the BBC.
The rules apply to animals in China’s National Animal Health Service, but it’s unclear whether they apply to pets or not.
Animals can be brought to a facility, but only if it’s in accordance with the National Health and Family Planning Commission’s guidelines, the BBC reports.
The BBC says the rules are enforced more severely in cities like Shenzhen and Tianjin, where the government often bans or restricts pets on the streets.
Here are the key things to know about animal transport in China.
What is a pet transport permit?
The rules require a pet to be vaccinated and in good health, according the BBC, and a veterinarian to check for allergies and medical conditions.
Pets can’t be brought in on their own, though they can be kept as companions in a home.
If a pet has health issues, the veterinary clinic can treat them at home.
Can I transport my pet to the clinic?
In many places, pets can be taken to a clinic by themselves, or a group of people who share a vehicle, the Associated Press reported.
The regulations don’t allow pets to be brought on their OWN in public, however, so that can be problematic, the AP reported.
What if I lose my pet?
There are several ways you can help your pet, the Daily Mail reports.
You can help yourself, as many countries have “pets for all” programs where pets can come to people for medical treatment.
You could try donating your pet as well, or adopting it.
The AP reports that “the program aims to increase the number of pets in society.”
Or, you could bring your companion animal into the United States, where pets are generally given to shelter animals instead of humans, the Guardian reported.
Some countries have laws that restrict the possession of pets, while others don’t.
However, you should still consider taking your pet into your own home for a pet visit.
What can I do to protect my pet from harm?
You can also try contacting animal shelters in your area, where you can get information about how to help pets.
You might be able get assistance from a shelter, such as PetSafe, a pet rescue organization.
Or, some cities have “tourist trap” programs, in which pets can travel to other cities for short periods of time to meet new people.
What are the laws around pet ownership in China?
While there are many laws in China regarding animal transportation, the Animal Protection Law is the most common, according The Guardian.
The Animal Protection law was passed in 1997 and regulates the transportation of animals and restricts the ownership of pets.
It bans the transport of animals in enclosed spaces, and allows only people over the age of 16, the Reuters reported.
It also bans people from owning pets that are bigger than 10 pounds and prohibits pet owners from bringing them onto public roads, the AFP reported.
Animals may not roam freely or leave their owners unattended in a vehicle without a person with them, and they can’t cross paths with other people, according CNN.
The law also restricts the carrying of small dogs, and pets can’t wander onto public sidewalks.
How can I get help?
If you think your pet may be injured or injured your pet can call a veterinary doctor for treatment.
There are veterinarians who can help you, according NPR.
Pet owners who want to protect their animals can also get involved in animal protection programs.
The International Association of Animal Welfare is also in China to help with the rescue of animals, the ABC reported.
In fact, a group in the country, called the Animal Defense League, helped save a 10-year-old Chinese poodle named Zeng, who had been abandoned at the time of the earthquake, CNN reported.