What is Paws Abroad?
Paws Abroad is an online, listing resource and network for military members to search for volunteers who are willing to board their pets while they’re deployed, TDY or fulfilling other service commitments.
How does Paws Abroad work?
Paws Abroad allows military members register their pets and allows volunteers to register as boarders to offer their care. Once an account is created, pet owners and boarders will be able to contact each other and make boarding arrangements.
I am a military member with a pet, how do I register?
STEP ONE: Create an account with your .mil email address by going to The New Pet Registration page Complete the short form and then follow the instructions by clicking the verification link in your email.
STEP TWO: Follow the link in your email and log in with the details you entered in step one.
STEP THREE: Click the “My account Link” either in the light grey navigation or on the page.
STEP FOUR: Click the profile icon.
STEP FIVE: Click the gear icon, and “Edit Profile”
STEP SIX: Continue filling out the info about your pet.
Does Paws Abroad choose a boarder for a Pet in Need?
No. Paws Abroad is a listing site only. PA does not create boarding arrangements and is not responsible for any outcome of a boarding arrangement. Pet owners have the responsibility of choosing a boarder with whom they are comfortable leaving their pet(s).
Does Paws Abroad adopt or permanently rehome pets?
No. Paws Abroad connects military members with temporary homes. We promote life-time, responsible pet ownership and thus, we do not permanently rehome any pet. If you are interested in surrendering your pet, please contact your local no-kill rescue group or Tierheim.
What are the requirements to list yourself as a boarder with Paws Abroad?
Anyone can register to become a boarder with Paws Abroad. The only requirement PA has is that your landlord/leasing company is notified if you begin to board a pet and will allow the pet you are going to board on the premises. This would include the pet meeting any breed and size requirements and staying within the maximum number of pets allowed. If you’re a home-owner, there must be no local or state restrictions of the type of pet you will be boarding. Pet owners may have additional requirements for a home. For example, they may require a home without other dogs, or one that has a yard. This will be dependent on the needs of the pet owner and pet.
How long does boarding usually last?
A boarder has the ability to list themselves as available for boarding for less than 1 month, 1-3 months, 4-6 months, 7-12 months or greater than 12 months. A typical deployment lasts anywhere from 6-12 months and is subject to change depending on military needs. However, we occasionally do have military members that need short term boarding. Therefore, do not exclude yourself from our program because you cannot board for an entire length of a deployment; there might be someone out there that needs boarding for week-long military commitments, too!
Who pays for a pet’s care while in the boarder’s home?
The owner remains financially responsible for any pet being boarded by a boarder. The pet owner is responsible for covering expenses related to pet care such as, but not limited to, food, veterinarian expenses, toys, supplies, etc. See our sample boarding contract for more information regarding financial responsibility of the owner.
What needs to be done if a boarding situation falls through and the Pet Owner is already gone?
If a boarder comes to some situation, which prohibits them from continuing to care for the pet they agreed to help during the owner’s military commitment, they first need to immediately get in contact with the owner. If there is some behavioral problem, the owner may be able to provide guidance on how to help remedy the problem. If there is some other issue, the owner needs to be proactive with finding a new boarder. Current boarders should refer to their completed boarding contract for what to do as a secondary or emergency option. Either the boarder or secondary/emergency contact should retain care for the pet and assist the pet owner in finding better placement. This should all be done with permission from the owner. The owner or their agent can use the PA network to find another suitable home for the pet. Once another boarder home has been found and finalized, the pet may be reassigned to the new boarder.
I would love to foster but I also want to take leave and travel Europe. Is this possible?
Being stationed in Europe can be an exciting adventure! Our military members understand that your time in Europe is precious as well. You can take leave while fostering a pet as long as you and the owner have come to an agreement on how it will work out.