Will The Military Pay for Pet PCS?
When you receive a PCS, you may be worried about the financial burden of moving household items, vehicles and even pet transportation costs. Moving with pets for military families is just one more layer of stress. Will the military help out with pet relocation costs? Yes, they will!
“as of January 1, 2024, military Service members going through a PCS (permanent change of station orders) within the continental United States can be reimbursed up to $550 for one household pet, either cat or dog, and up to $2,000 for moves to or from a location outside the continental United States to cover costs related to the transportation of a pet.”
The new policy regarding reimbursement for PCS pet relocation services was approved by the Department of Defense in June 2023.
Ground-Based Alternatives for Military Pet Transport
The best option for military pet shipping is ground travel — especially if you have a large dog, multiple pets or a snub-nosed breed like a boxer or a Boston terrier. Or, if your furry family member is prone to anxiety or has health conditions, having a transporter right there at all times makes ground-based alternatives the way to go.
The three most common ways to transport a dog by ground are:
- Transporting the dogs yourself
- Hiring a traditional ground transportation company
- Using a two-way marketplace to find experienced dog transportation experts
If you’re already taking the DITY approach to your PCS move, adding a pet to the mix can be a non-starter. Traditional ground transportation companies have served in this niche for years, but most are mom-and-pop operations that lack the resources of larger companies like CitizenShipper and its dynamic two-way pet transportation marketplace.