San Diego Humane Society is sensitive to the needs and pressures of our service men and women and their family members - especially furry ones.
We thank you for your service and hope that you find this information useful.
We are proud to offer special military pricing:
- 25% discount on adoption fees with proof of active duty
- 10% discount at our on-site retail store, Muttique (Oceanside location only)
- PAWS San Diego provides pet food, supplies and other support to our community. Learn More
- Spay and neuter services. Learn More
- Behavior and training advice and classes. Learn More
- Vaccine clinics. Learn More
- Microchipping clinics. Learn More
- And much more! Learn More
We offer pre-deployment talks to assist military families with pet-related issues and concerns, including fostering options, relocation assistance, and more. If you would like more information on pre-deployment talks, please contact PAWS San Diego at 619-297-7297 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
How do I take my pet if I'm relocated?
If you receive transfer orders, do the following as early as possible:
- Health History and Medicines: Contact your veterinarian for a copy of your animal's records and ask them to provide a three-month supply of any medications your pet is taking, plus written prescriptions for refills.
- Quarantine Requirements: Find out if the country where you will be based requires incoming animals to be quarantined. Quarantine periods can last anywhere from several days to several months and the pet owner typically incurs any costs for food, grooming and care. Your base veterinarian or the country's consulate should be able to inform you of all quarantine regulations and costs.
How do I prepare my pet for air travel?
The Department of Defense (DOD) has strict policies regarding the transport of animals on military craft.
If you are traveling in PCS status, you are allowed to book two animals (dogs and cats only) on AMC flights. Your base veterinarian has details.
If you are flying on commercial aircraft, contact the airline for their regulations concerning vaccines, licensing and carrier size requirements. Book nonstop flights to avoid connections and try to travel early in the morning or late at night. Note that airlines often impose travel restrictions during extreme weather months.
Your pet should travel in a sturdy and roomy carrier marked with your name, address, email address and phone number. Check the carrier latch prior to travel and remember that your pet should always wear a collar and ID tag.
Tranquilizers are not recommended - please discuss this with your veterinarian.
How do I prepare my pet for moving by car?
If your pet will be riding in the car with you, be sure to have proof of rabies vaccination and a current health certificate available when crossing state or international borders.
Making small preparations before the trip will help you and your animal feel more comfortable in the car. Make sure to groom your pet, bring toys, plenty of water, keep your animal leashed or contained at all times, and avoid leaving the animal in the car during extreme temperatures.
How do I find a veterinarian overseas?
Although most military installations have veterinary facilities, you may be transferred to a base that does not offer such services. Prior to your transfer, speak with the base veterinarian about veterinary care available at your destination, on-base or otherwise.
Military Move Assistance
Dogs on Deployment
Dogs on Deployment can provide some assistance to help cover veterinarian costs, including spay/neuter or unexpected surgeries. dogsondeployment.org
Pets for Patriots
Pets for Patriots strives to transform the lives of our veterans by helping them adopt an at-risk shelter dog or cat. As a shelter partner with Pets for Patriots, veterans can adopt select pets from San Diego Humane Society and receive member benefits. To learn more about these services, please contact Pets for Patriots directly. petsforpatriots.org
Other Organizations and Resources
The USDA lists state by state pet laws you should be aware of.
Tender Loving Canines Assistance Dog, Inc.
An organization based in Solana Beach that trains dogs for veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury (TBI) and/or mobility issues. tenderlovingcanines.org
Located in San Diego, Freedom Dogs offers custom-trained specialty service dogs to wounded members of the military returning from armed conflict. They team Specialty Service Dogs with troops returning from war with PTSD and physical limitations. freedomdogs.org
Canine Companions for Independence
Canine Companions for Independence has the Wounded Veteran Initiative - they provide assistance dogs to U.S. war veterans across the country. They have facilities all over the country, but the closest is in Oceanside. cci.org/veterans
Next Step Service Dogs
Next Step Service Dogs strives to achieve positive change for veterans with invisible disabilities such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) through the use of expertly-trained service dogs. nextstepservicedogs.org
Dogs on Deployment
Dogs On Deployment is a 501(c)(3) national non-profit that provides an online network for service members to find volunteers willing to board their pets during their owner's service commitments. Dogs on Deployment promotes responsible, life-long pet ownership by military pet owners by advocating for military pet owner rights, providing educational resources and granting financial assistance for military pet owners during times of emergency. dogsondeployment.org
• Air Mobility Command Pet Brochure
• American Veterinary Medical Association
• Camp Pendleton Base Veterinary Clinic: 760-725-3439
• Camp Pendleton Animal Shelter: 760-725-8120
• Miramar Base Veterinary Clinic: 858-577-6552 x1773
Resource Disclaimer These resources are provided as a benefit to our animal-loving community. References listed here for any specific product, process, or service is for the information and convenience of our website visitors and does not constitute any kind of endorsement or recommendation by San Diego Humane Society.