Did you know that sixty-seven 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 & Relocation (IR&R) specialist, located in Marine and Family Programs, 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, in order to help assist your move go smoothly.
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 https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/pet-travel
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:
Information passed during a PCS workshop includes:
The local IR&R specialist can also connect you with the IR&R specialist at your new installation to further assist you with any installation-specific information you will need before arriving with your pets.
They are happy to answer all your relocation questions, so don’t hesitate to call your installation Information, Referral, and Relocation, program staff.
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