Bringing your Pet to the Isle of ManThe Isle of Man is very pet friendly, with plenty of dog walking spots and outdoor space to roam around.
The Isle of Man is a special place to bring your pets. It is a natural oasis with few busy roads and miles of uninhabited areas to discover. The Island is void of many natural predators, like foxes, which makes taking care of smaller animals that much easier.
Animal Life on the Isle of Man
The Isle of Man is great for dog lovers, with hidden tracks in the middle of nowhere and well lit beaches bustling with life, you can get the best of both worlds. Dogs are allowed in a lot of pubs in the Island and more and more cafes and restaurants are allowing them, too.
The Isle of Man doesn't have many busy roads, making it a great place to have cats. The Island even has its own breed of cat - the 'Manx Cat' – a long legged, wiry breed without a tail!
The Isle of Man has acres and acres of green lanes and open spaces that are perfect for horse riding. There are plenty of private stables to choose from and many competitions and shows throughout the year.
Bringing your pet
Moving to Great Britain with your pets has become a lot easier following changes to the PET passport scheme in 2013.
From the UK
Most dogs and cats may travel between the Isle of Man and the United Kingdom without export certificates.
However, certain breeds of dog (for example, Pit Bull Terrier types, Japanese Tosa, Dogo Argentino and Fila Braziliero) are prohibited from importation.
While you will need a passport to fly to the Isle of Man with your pet, dogs and cats can travel freely from the UK via the Isle of Man ferry service.
Moving from within the European Union (EU)
The PET scheme enables pet dogs, cats or ferrets, entry, or return to Britain, from certain overseas destinations (mainly EU countries) without quarantine. They may need rabies testing and tick and tapeworm treatment. Your Veterinary Surgeon will have details of the scheme and can issue the passports.
Outside the EU
Regulations and restrictions apply to the import of these animals through the UK and onward to the Isle of Man. More information can be found on the UK Government website.
Vets & Animal Care
The Isle of Man has plenty of choice for veterinary care. There are vets in all the major towns, including emergency 24-hour services.
The Island has a large farm community, so there are a number of farm vets for larger animals.
Adopting a Pet
The Isle of Man is home to many adoption shelters with animals ready to be taken to their new ‘forever home’.
If you are ready to bring a best friend into your home, check into one of the local charities:
- Mann Cat Sanctuary
- MSPCA (The Manx Society For The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals)
- A.I.D Rescue (Animals in Distress Rescue)
- Support Adoption for Pets
The Island has a number of pet shops, including a large 'Pets at Home' so you'll be able to stock up on tons of supplies and goodies for your four-legged friends!