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ALERT: USDA/APHIS Animal Care Database Back Online as of August 23, 2016

UPDATE:  As of Tuesday, August 23, 2016 the USDA/APHIS Animal Care Database is back online.  Click Here for access.

USDA/APHIS Animal Care Database To Be Shut Down For 11 Days

Citing a need to better prepare for cybersecurity threats, the USDA’s Animal & Plant Health Inspection Services (APHIS) announced today that its Animal Care Search Tool would be unavailable from Friday, August 12th until Tuesday, August 23rd.

Since its launch in 2011, the database has provided free, on-demand access to accurate, searchable, exportable data regarding individuals and facilities regulated under the Animal Welfare Act.

In anticipation of this shutdown, PIJAC advises that stores:

  • Plan orders accordingly to minimize the impact of this outage;
  • Print out the inspection reports of any breeders they anticipate using during this time period;
  • Post as signage in the store and hand out copies of USDA’s press release to any customers who inquire; and
  • Obtain and have on hand all required reports if you are in a jurisdiction with sourcing restrictions related to a breeder’s USDA inspection reports. This may require you to request them directly from the breeder or distributor.

See below for the text of USDA’s notice on the matter:

USDA Animal Care Search Tool Will Be Shut Down for 11 Days, From August 12 – 23
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We will be shutting down the USDA Animal Care Search Tool for 11 days, beginning Friday, August 12 and resuming functionality Tuesday, August 23. We apologize for this inconvenience, but it is a necessary step as we upgrade to a new operating system and bolster our technology infrastructure to better prepare for cybersecurity threats. 

On August 23, you will see a new Search Tool that is more user-friendly and easily understandable. Our goal was to create a fully functional system that will once again provide you with free, on-demand access to accurate, searchable, exportable data regarding individuals and facilities regulated under the Animal Welfare Act. There is always a learning curve with new data systems, so we ask for your patience as you become accustomed to the new version. 

The Search Tool has been a valuable resource for thousands of people since its creation in 2011. We know there have been occasions when the Search Tool has not met your expectations in terms of functionality. Thank you for your understanding as we did our best to maintain the current system while also developing the new one. 

If you need assistance once we’ve unveiled the new Search Tool, please contact Dave Sacks in our headquarters office: david.sacks@aphis.usda.gov; (301) 851-3749. 

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