MILITARY UPDATE: Families To Receive Reimbursement For Pet Expenses Due to a Permanent Change of Station

The Department of Defense has approved a new policy to cover pet travel expenses, like pet shipping or quarantine fees, incurred by Service members during a Permanent Change of Station (PCS).

Starting January 1, 2024, Military Service members going through a PCS 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.

This policy reduces that financial burden while recognizing the important role a pet plays in a military family’s household.