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Operation Military Pets: Keeping Pets out of Shelters and With their Military Families

SPCA International is immensely proud of our Operation Military Pets program, which helps alleviate the cost incurred by military families bringing their furry family members to new duty stations. With bills often reaching into the thousands, Operation Military Pets helps ease this financial burden on the families that bravely serve our country.

Clyde is just one of many animals who made it to their family’s next duty station with the help of Operation Military Pets. This is what his soldier has to say about the program.

“SPCA International does wonderful things for pets worldwide, and for us, they helped ensure our furry family member would be able to make the journey with us to the UK. […] the gesture of support at a time when we feel we are going it alone despite being required to move, has been an absolute blessing. We are grateful for their fabulous communication, their offers of kindness and support, and their willingness to help military members in an already stressful move process to make it just a bit easier.”

It cost Clyde’s family over $4,500 to get him to the U.K. In case you are wondering, these are the expenses that added up:

  • cargo bill $1,688
  • sky kennel $255
  • domestic rental car and hotel costs to get to the pet departure airport $800
  • UK pet broker $713
  • UK customs fees $571
  • veterinary bills $253.
  • hotel pet fees in the U.S. and during quarantine in the U.K. $250

Thank you to everyone who has donated to SPCA International’s programs in support of soldiers and their pets. Through Operation Military Pets, SPCA International will continue to lessen the burden on military families who already sacrifice so much for our country. You can learn more about Operation Military Pets here.