PCSing with Furry Family Members | life


It’s PCS (Permanent Change of Station) season and for those with furry family members, there are things you need to know when moving with a pet.

Luckily, the Fort Hood Veterinary Center has provided regulatory information and helpful advice for those who work with pets.

Those who are PCSing, TDYing (temporary duty) or on assignment and have pets need to make sure they have a plan for their furry family member and are reminded that animal neglect and abuse are criminal offenses. Do not let animals loose on posts or leave them in the barn without attendants.

Additionally, if you are willing to leave Fort Hood and PCS for another location, please start the process early. If relocating to a CONUS (Mainland United States) location, prepare your pet with at least a rabies vaccine and microchip, and schedule an appointment for a health certificate within 10 days of travel.

If you are relocating to an OCONUS location (outside the continental United States), it is recommended to start the process 3-6 months earlier. Each country has different import regulations for animals. The best source of information on each country’s requirements for importing a pet is the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) Pet Travel website APHIS (Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service). Almost every country requires at least a rabies vaccine, a microchip, and a health certificate verified by a USDA veterinarian within 10 days of arrival. Some countries have additional requirements. The Fort Hood Veterinary Center can assist you in obtaining health certificates for your pets.

In addition, each airline has different pet requirements. Please work with your airline to make arrangements for your pet’s travel on the airline.

If you are traveling to Fort Hood with PCs and are staying at the post office or in government accommodation outside the post office:

1. If you live in Fort Hood, including government accommodations away from the main post, your pet must be registered with the Fort Hood Veterinary Center within five days of you bringing the pet to the accommodation. You must have all current vaccines, tests and microchipping to be considered fully registered in the mail.

2. Dogs and cats housed at the post office must have vaccinations, be microchipped, and have negative annual fecal and heartworm test results.

3. There is a one (two) pet limit per household.

4. Cats are only allowed to stay indoors.

5. Dogs must be under the owner’s physical control at all times in public areas.

6. The following breeds of dogs and mixes/crosses thereof are prohibited in keeping on posts: American Pit Bull Terrier (“Pit Bulls”), Staffordshire Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, American or English Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Rottweiler, Doberman Pinscher, Chow Chow, Presa Canario, Cane Corso and Mastiffs. Also prohibited are wild canids such as coyotes, wolves and jackals, and any mixtures thereof (e.g. “coydogs”, wolf-dog hybrids, etc.).

7. Any dog ​​showing a tendency towards dominance or aggressive behavior is also prohibited in the pen house.

8. Breeding for profit is not allowed in post residences.

9. Only domesticated cat breeds are allowed to live in postal shelters; Feline hybrids with Bobcat, Margay or Ozelot are prohibited.

10. The following animals are not permitted in the enclosure at any time on the stake: reptiles of any kind; rodents of all kinds, except hamsters and guinea pigs; ferret; Hedgehog; skunks; raccoons; Squirrel; livestock; monkeys; Birds of prey; arachnids of any kind; Bees in a colony or hive.

For more information on Fort Hood’s pet policy, visit www.forthoodfh.com/resident-resources.


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