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List of States that allow Savannah cats
Please check our list of states that allow Savannah cats before you begin your journey to own one. Savannah cat legal ownership is very important to reputable breeders. Many people ask, “is it legal to own a Savannah cat?” Savannah cats are legal in many states because, after all, they are domestic cats once the cat is bred to a domestic per the USDA APHIS laws. TICA (The International Cat Association) registers Savannahs and it is a domestic cat registry. However, some states don’t allow ownership, such as Georgia. In addition, other states as Texas allow them with very strict and almost impossible to obtain permits.
Many Texas breeders fly by the skin of their teeth and no Texas breeders can be a member unless we have their permit on record. Consequently, we have no Texas members. There are so many reasons why we are so strict about following the laws on states that allow Savannah cat ownership when placing one of our Savannah kittens.
One of the worst things that can happen to a Savannah cat is to settle in with its family only to be turned in and your cat is confiscated. Consequently, many not so savory breeders will tell you not to worry and that Savannah cat laws are not really enforced. Nothing is further from the truth. In some states a Savannah may be euthanized if confiscated.
Below is a short reference to the United States and if they allow, permit or ban Savannah cats. Please take the time to look and also do further research. Do not expect your responsible breeder to send one of their kittens to a home where ownership is not allowed.
Savannah Cat Legal Ownership State List
- Alabama Allows all generations
- Alaska F4 and later allowed
- Arizona Allows all generations
- Arkansas Allows all generations
- California Allows all generations
- Colorado F4 and later allowed, ownership illegal in the city limits of Denver
- Connecticut Allows all generations
- Delaware Not allowed without permit, fine for ownership
- DC Allows all generations
- Florida Allows all generations
- Georgia Not allowed at all
- Hawaii Ownership illegal
- Idaho Ownership illegal without a permit
- Illinois Allows all generations
- Indiana Allows all generations; some counties require permits
- Iowa F4 and later allowed
- Kansas Allows all generations
- Kentucky Allows all generations
- Louisiana Allows all generations
- Maine Allows all generations
- Maryland Allows all generations if the Savannah is under 30 pounds in weight
- Massachusetts F4 and later allowed
- Michigan Allows all generations
- Minnesota Allows all generations
- Mississippi Allows all generations
- Missouri Allows all generations
- Montana Allows all generations
- Nebraska: Not allowed at all.
- Nevada: Allows all generations; exception No Savannahs in Las Vegas
- New Hampshire: F4 and later allowed
- New Jersey: Allows all generations
- New Mexico: Allows all generations, some cities require permits
- New York: F5 and later allowed; No generations allowed in NYC proper
- North Carolina Allows all generations
- North Dakota Allows all generations
- Ohio Allows all generations
- Oklahoma Allows all generations
- Oregon Allows all generations; Some cities or counties may have restrictions
- Pennsylvania Allows all generations
- Rhode Island Not allowed at all
- South Carolina Allows all generations
- South Dakota Allows all generations
- Tennessee Allows all generations
- Texas Not allowed in most counties. Allowed in the following counties with strict permitting: Aransas, Bell, Coryell, Ector, Guadalupe, Harris, Kaufman, Lubbock, Mason, Ward. Montgomery must permit 1st through 3rd generation Savannahs; 4th and subsequent are allowed.
- Utah Allows all generations
- Vermont F4 and later allowed
- Virginia Allows all generations
- Washington Allows all generations; Seattle ownership is banned
- West Virginia Allows all generations
- Wisconsin Allows all generations
- Wyoming Allows all generations
To sum up, this information is provided as a convenience and general information for LEGAL ownership. Please, never try to sneak a Savannah cat into an area where it is not legal.
Check with your local, county and state officials before you decide on a purchase of a Savannah Cat. For further information and contact numbers please visit: http://www.hybridlaw.com/
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