Freetown - Post Report Question and Answers

Are qualified veterinarians and/or good kennel services available? Do animals need to be quarantined upon entry to the country? Are there other considerations regarding pets that are particular to this country?

There are some vets available. We have not had to use their services yet but we have heard they are adequate. Bringing our dog into the country was relatively straightforward. We have heard lots of stories about people struggling to get their pets out and back into the US this last year due to the rule changes. There are lots of stray animals around so you may consider adopting one. - Sep 2021

Dr. Jalloh. All we got. He's fine. No issues getting in or out of country but can be costly. As last poster said, many sad and sweet dogs in this country, please adopt if you space and can take them home to U.S. or next post with you. - May 2018

There is one, he is also the government vet--it's all we got. Easy to get pets here paperwork-wise but the pickup from freight/boat ride from Lungi can be harrowing. Go with help, do not let yourself get hassled by people wanting tips, and don't get shaken down by airport employees. House cats will be very helpful here in but note that some locals eat cats so don't leave them outside the compound. There are many, many, sad stray dogs so please do consider adopting when you are here as well.There is a local British dog trainer too that can help if you adopt a street dog and need help. All you need to get out really is rabies and deworming. - Sep 2017

Dr Jalloh near Congo Cross in Freetown provides excellent veterinary care to pets. He was trained in the USA and continues to maintain his credentials in America. The facility is very "local," but his quality of care is excellent. There was no quarantine entering or exiting the country for our dog. - Sep 2014

No, vet care is limited. - Jun 2014

No. - Sep 2010

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