While there is no law which specifically prohibits having a pet in an apartment complex, it is best to check the lease first.
All pets must have a microchip or an electronic tag when they are in public areas. Also, owners must register their pet at a veterinary surgery. The following information is needed about the pet:
Owners who fail to register their pets could be fined.
Rabies vaccination is compulsory for dogs. The first vaccination should be given at three months and a booster vaccination within six months
Other recommended vaccinations for dogs include:
When buying a pet in South Korea, the buyer should receive the following information:
The following additional information must be given for a pedigree animal:
When pets are outside with their owners in public areas they must have an identification tag or microchip. Owners must also use a leash or harness when walking their dogs, and they must clean up their dogs' excrement in public areas.
Owners can be fined for not using a leash or harness in a public place and for not cleaning up after their dog.
When an animal is lost or found, contact the nearest Animal Protection Management Centre or veterinary surgery, where a dog, cat or ferret can be identified by its identification tag, tattoo or microchip.
For a lost dog, contact:
For a lost cat, contact:
For a stray animal, contact the Korea Animal Rescue and Management Association (KARAMA). They collect the animal and take care of it until the owner is found.
An animal that is not returned to their owner within ten days is transferred to local government (Si, Gun or Gu).
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