Pets and Deployment

Need a Temporary Home for Your Pet?

Relatives or friends should be the first choice for a temporary home for your pet. This arrangement gives both you and your pet a sense of security and a less stressful parting.

Volunteer foster families may offer temporary care during times of crisis when sudden transfers and deployments occur. Ask your base veterinarian about these care programs.

Creating a Pet Care Agreement

No matter the amount of time you will be gone, it is important to have a written agreement with your pet’s temporary caregiver.

Make sure to include:

  • Financial arrangements for food and medical care.
  • Contact information for veterinarian and emergency contacts.
  • What to do if the caregiver can no longer provide care.
  • What to do if you cannot reclaim your pet.
  • Important details about your pet.
  • Safety Net

Make sure your animal is up to date on vaccinations, is spayed or neutered, and has insurance updates in case of injury or damage to caregiver or caregivers home. Update your microchip identification with current contact information for the person caring for your pet as well as the service member.

What if I can no longer care for my pet?

If you must put your pet up for adoption, contact your local base animal shelter or community animal shelters. Please provide staff with all information about your pet. Never turn your animals loose with hopes that they will find a home. Animal abandonment is a violation of military and state law. A life of suffering awaits any animal forced to survive on its own.

Other ReSOurces

Military Tips Brochure
Download this brochure of tips for military personnel during deployment and/or relocation.

Reconnecting with Pets After Deployment
Download this brochure to help you reconnect with your pets after deployment.