Did you know that 67 percent of U.S. households, or about 85 million families, own a pet, according to the 2019-2020 American Pet Products Association?
When you’re preparing for a PCS move, having a pet can add another layer of complexity, particularly if you’re moving overseas. You might not know that OCONUS installations have special pet requirements, and some have quarantine requirements.
Your Information & Referral (I&R) specialist can provide relocation assistance and resources that can help you and your family move with ease. Plan to attend a PCS workshop and connect with experts who can provide information you need, to facilitate a smooth move. Your current local I&R specialist can also connect you with an I&R specialist at your new installation, to further assist you with any installation-specific information you will need before arriving with your pets.
CONUS: Visit the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service’s website to see if there are rules for bringing animals into the state to which you have been assigned.
OCONUS: Different nations have different rules and quarantine requirements associated with the relocation of cats, dogs and other types of pets. It is important to plan in advance:
Other information shared during a PCS workshop includes:
I&R specialists are happy to answer all your relocation questions, so don’t hesitate to call them!
Still searching for more in-depth assistance with relocation? Contact your installation Information, Referral, and Relocation program staff.