Geneva, Switzerland – If you are a dog owner in canton Geneva you should know that 1 April is the deadline to register your pet, pay the dog tax you owe and get your new, 2010 official-ID dog tag. Yes, the deadline falls on April fools’ day but this is no April fools’ joke.
After 1 April if your dog is found with the old, 2009 gray tag, you may be subjected to a fine. It is best to head for the dog tax office with CHF107 and request the new 2010 black tag. Not all canine taxes are the same. Some communes charge less, or more, than what the city of Geneva charges. You might get a reduction on the dog tax, depending on how many dogs you have.
Before heading out the door to pay your tax, make sure you have the following:
- A photo ID
- A certificate of pet responsibility insurance which can be bought from your insurance agent
- A current vaccination record, and
- The Anis registration card (which certifies that your pet has a microchip ID).
Canton Geneva has specific laws for dogs considered as dangerous. These must be registered with local authorities, pass a behavior training course, and the animal must wear a muzzle in public.
Whether dogs are considered dangerous or not, they are not allowed to enter certain public areas in the canton and the city.
- If you are still unsure how to bring or move to Switzerland with your four-legged, chirpy, or purry friend, check the regulations of the Federal Veterinary Office, online.
- Read about other pet resources in GenevaLunch including tips on traveling with your pet on holidays through Europe, and finding spots where your pooch can go off leash in the canton.