Pets are part of the family too, which is why many military families decide to take their pets with them when they PCS (Permanent Change of Station) to their new home. How can you have a successful PCS move with pets?
Advance preparation is the key to a successful PCS move with pets. Do not leave it to the last minute to make travel arrangements for pets. Plan months in advance, so that you can take care of your pets’ travel requirements and ensure that your pets will be able to travel with you.
Pet PCS Budget
When military personnel PCS, with or without dependents, the US Government will reimburse them and cover a lot of their PCS costs, such as the cost of flights to the new duty station and so forth. However, the US Government does not cover the cost of PCSing with pets. Pet owners must factor in the cost of moving with their pets and supply airline-approved pet kennels, the cost of transportation and other necessary expenses, by creating a pet PCS budget.
If you are moving OCONUS to a location that routinely quarantines animals that come from another country, such as the UK, you will need to look for suitable facilities to board your pet once you reach your destination. Make sure all of your pet’s vaccinations are up to date, including rabies, before you depart and make sure your pet is well enough to travel and stay quarantined for six months.
Transporting Certain Breeds
Some pet owners mistakenly believe that they can PCS with their pets that they have acquired from their current location, regardless of their breed. However, some countries restrict or have banned the transportation of certain dogs that are viewed as vicious or fighting dogs, even if the animals do not have a history of aggression. Before you make any travel arrangements for your pet, find out if your pet will be allowed to PCS with you. Advance preparation will save you the expense, as well as the heartache, of discovering that your cherished pet cannot travel with you to your next duty station.
A successful PCS move with pets is possible if you make sure you plan in advance. Set aside a pet PCS budget, to help cover the costs of preparing and transporting your pets and find out about the rules and regulations from other countries (i.e. quarantine requirements). Finally, do not assume that your pets will be allowed to travel with you. Certain breeds of dogs that are considered vicious or fighting dogs are not allowed to be transported into certain countries.
Military.com, PCS Travel Arrangements for Pets.