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Pet Owners Get Help with Quarantine Costs

Special to American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Nov. 13, 2000 – Service members and DoD civilians are getting a little help from Uncle Sam when they have to quarantine their pets during permanent-change- of-station moves.

As of Oct. 1, 2000, the government will kick in $275 to help defray the cost of quarantining pets. Congress approved the payment as part of the Fiscal 2001 Defense Authorization Act.

The payment is limited to costs associated with quarantining cats and dogs. Cats and dogs traveling from the United States to Iceland, Great Britain, Guam and Hawaii are routinely quarantined. The quarantine can range from 30 days to six months.

Visit the DoD "It's Your Move" web site at www.defenselink.mil/specials/itsyourmove/.

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