So your spouse got orders to move, and not just any move. You’ll be heading overseas.
As an additional added stress, you have to figure out how to get your beloved furry Family members to your new location.
How do I PCS with pets?
A permanent change of station may require moving large distances. When PCSing within the contiguous U.S., it really comes down to driving with your pets and finding pet-friendly locations to stay.
The website www.bringfido.com is a really great resource to finding pet-friendly locations around the U.S. to eat, stay and play.
But, what if you are PCSing outside of the contiguous U.S.?
If you are a married service member, your dependents are included in your PCS orders, and dependents include your pets!
The service member has to notify the Transportation Office that they are moving with pets. The service member is responsible for paying for the pet to move, including the plane ticket.
Warning: It can get expensive to move OCONUS with your pet. As a pet owner myself, I know that the cost can become astronomical. But, my dog is my Family, and not disposable just because she might cost me some money.
If you are PCSing to Hawaii, you will have to quarantine your animal, and you will have to show proof of vaccinations. The quarantines vary by animal and breed type.
For a full list of required vaccinations, quarantine rules and any other questions regarding moving your pet to Hawaii, visit hdoa.hawaii.gov/ai/ags/animal-quarantine-information-page/.
A PCS to Alaska doesn’t seem to require any quarantines currently, but it is best to check with the Transportation Office before your move.
Currently, a move to Europe will not require a quarantine period for your pet in most cases. You will have to show proper veterinary documentation and paperwork with vaccine information.
There are breed specific legislations in place in several countries, and you need to do your research to ensure that your pet is even allowed in the country that you are PCSing to.
If you are PCSing to Guam, Japan or Korea, there is a quarantine period, and pets will have to have their veterinary documentation and shots.
Possibly one of the best resources to talk to concerning moving with your pets is the on-post veterinarian.
At Fort Bragg, the Veterinary Center is located on Reilly Road. Their phone number is 396-9120.
Moving OCONUS takes planning and time. Quarantines can range from short stays to lengthy sentences, and arming yourself with knowledge about moving with your pet can greatly help the process smooth out.
Sometimes, the most responsible thing to do is to re-home your pet. There may not always be a way for you to move your furry friend.
The important thing to remember, however, is lawn chairs are disposable, pets are not. “It’s too hard,” is not a valid excuse for leaving your pet at a shelter, or just leaving them behind.
Be a responsible pet owner and take care of the responsibility you agreed to when you brought your pet into your home.