We purchase most of our animals locally, within the country of the project, and do not ship animals between countries often. This minimizes time spent navigating import restrictions and also funnels money back into the local economy where the animals were purchased. We are not in the business of providing animals; we are involved in strengthening communities and people development business. Animals and training are the tools we use.
When we do make a shipment, we abide by all the health regulations, and often exceed the official requirements of the respective country, which allows us to easily obtain import permits. If we find an import requirement is totally inappropriate, we'll negotiate a change and sometimes involve the USDA in doing so, since it has worked out agreements with many countries governing the importation of livestock.