Dr. Lin at the ChungShan animal hospital gave my friend's cat his shots and examined him. He was nice, and he spoke English too I think.
Their address is:
5 Lane 140 Sec.3 Min Chuan East Road
Hours from 9:30-21:00 mon-sat
9:30-18:00 on sun.
The examination was 1000
5-in-1 vaccination 800
Rabies vacine 200
so 2500 nt in total
it took less than 30 minutes I think.
The next day we drove to the Bureau of Commodity Inspection and Quarantine at No.19 Lane 113 Jilong Road.
This is at the intersection where Keelung and Roosevelt intersect. There is a circle, and the lane you want to go down is between a police station and Keelung road. If you go down that lane, there are two low, old looking buildings on the right, and the first, newer looking one is it.
Bring your vet documents + passport + ticket.
So they look at your animal, verify its sex. And that was about it for us.
Then they print out the official document with several copies to a sheet. This is what you use for customs and stuff. And this is free.
But reservations need to be made with the airline in advance before you transport your animal, whether as carry-on or checked luggage. They need to know to heat and pressurize the luggage compartment in advance.
We had told them we were bringing a cat, but they didn't record it. Thankfully, we arrived early enough for them to heat it.
They counted the cat as two pieces of overweight luggage. Was about 5800? I think it was $89 a piece X 2. Cat counts as one, and carrier counts as another. This is EVA airlines.
We checked the cat in with the rest of the luggage, and had to make a short trip down to the extra-large luggage department to so a guy could look at the cat and take it away.
Now, all vaccinations must be given 30 days prior to departure. But the health examination must be done within 10 days prior to departure. So get your animal vaccinated like, 2 months before you leave to be safe.
If you are transferring to another flight not with the Taiwanese airline, you must make a seperate reservation for your animal. In this instance, it was United Airlines, and they charged $100.
Now, on EVA, if the animal + carrier is less that 5 kgs, you can bring it in the cabin I think. But this would be a nuisance to other people if your animal whines, meows, or barks the whole trip. It's 20lbs on American airlines I think. The cat actually made the trip of Taipei -> LA (with 6-7 hours delay) -> New Orleans without defecating himself. So that was interesting. But we didn't feed him on the morning of the trip.
A thing to keep in mind during summer or winter is that some airlines will not transport a live animal if extreme temperatures are expected at any part of the trip.