If you are like most pet owners, your cat or dog (or whatever pet you might have) is more like a member of the family. In fact, after a long day of work, coming home to that cute little face is probably something you look forward to everyday. What happens when you get your PCS?
When you get your Permanent Change of Station orders, you really need to get into the veterinary office and see what you might need in order to move with your cat or dog. This is especially true if you are required to move to a station overseas. Will your pet need to be quarantined? Are there additional vaccinations your pet will need before you move? Your vet can help you find out what will be required of your pet during and after the move.
Unfortunately, too many military families are unprepared to deal with the stresses of a move and their pets when they get their PCS. All too often, pets are handed over to shelters, which usually end up euthanizing them rather than adopting them out. Why go down that road if you do not have to?
Military families can take certain steps that will reduce the stress when they get their PCS orders and have to move. For example, staying up to date with a pet’s paperwork and vaccinations is key. It is also a good idea to get the animal micro-chipped, which will provide a permanent record of every vaccine given. By taking these proactive steps, quarantines and extra fees may actually be avoided.