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Military Pet Relocation: Your Most Frequently Asked Questions

Updated: Jul 18


Are you a member of the military preparing for a relocation? We know this can be an overwhelming time for you and your family, especially if you are taking your pets with you. You may be juggling a lot in a short time frame and trying to decipher the complicated rules of international pet travel doesn’t make it any easier. From the moment you ask can I ship my dog or can I ship my cat the worrying starts. 

Not to worry! Each year, Pets Paws & Pals assists military families with pet relocation's all over the world and we are here to help. Below you’ll find the most frequently asked questions (and their answers!) by pet owners who are moving on military orders.



How much time do I need to arrange a move? 

We require 30 days to facilitate your pet’s relocation. This ensures us enough time to review your pet’s vaccines, advise on any veterinarian support your pet may need, book their flight, and arrange any boarding that may be needed.


I’ve received my orders and I cannot wait a month to move. What do I do?

We understand that things move quickly for active-duty military. A great option is to leave your pet with a caregiver, such as a trusted friend, parent, or other relatives. We are happy to arrange everything with your pet’s caregiver and provide the needed guidance to ensure they are reunited with you as soon as possible. We also have PET EXPRESS for emergency

bookings only needing 48 to 72 hours advance notice along with Shuttle Service needing about 2 weeks notice and Flight Companion can be booked 24 hours in advance for pets under 20 pounds.


Do you offer a military discount?

Pets Paws & Pals is proud to offer a military discount for our active duty and retired veterans.


Pets Paws & Pals is thankful for the service the men and women of the military provide and are happy to help how we can. Do you have a question we didn’t answer above? Let us know!  If you are being stationed overseas and taking your pets, we can help! Contact us today to discuss your pet’s move!


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