Permanently Uniting Pets Stateside (PUPS) Act: Senator John Kennedy Helps Unite Pets & Owners During Health Emergencies by 30Seconds Mom

10 days ago
Permanently Uniting Pets Stateside (PUPS) Act: Senator John Kennedy Helps Unite Pets & Owners During Health Emergencies

Senator John Kennedy (R-La.) has introduced the Permanently Uniting Pets Stateside (PUPS) Act to ensure that American pet owners returning from abroad during a public health emergency are not unnecessarily separated from their pets. Senator Cory Booker (D-N.J.) is an original cosponsor of the PUPS Act.

“Earlier this summer, Socrates reminded everyone that pets must be allowed to come home with their owners whenever possible. The PUPS Act will help keep pets and people safe and together during public health emergencies. I hope my compassionate colleagues move this bill forward before bureaucracy tears any more dogs or cats away from their owners,” said Kennedy.


The PUPS Act would allow an animal arriving with a U.S. citizen or resident to enter the country without regard to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) requirements concerning pets if the owner agrees to comply with those requirements as soon as practicable.

The PUPS Act is crucial to help pet lovers navigate public health emergencies like the coronavirus pandemic and has support from Animal Wellness Action and the Animal Wellness Foundation.


"We applaud Senator Kennedy for his work to put common sense and compassion ahead of bureaucracy and ensuring that people are not separated from their beloved pets during times of crisis. This bill would ensure that what happened to Socrates won’t happen to another rescued dog coming to the U.S. to join a loving family,” said Holly Gann, Director of Federal Affairs for the Animal Wellness Foundation.

Kennedy is a proud dog owner to Jack and Charlie.

The content on is for informational and entertainment purposes only. The opinions or views expressed on do not necessarily represent those of 30Seconds or any of its employees, corporate partners or affiliates.

Take 30 seconds and join the 30Seconds community. Inspire and be inspired.

Related Products on Amazon We Think You May Like:

Pet Carriers
Pet Carriers $20 & Up
Pet Crates
Pet Crates $20 & Up
Pet Supplies
Pet Supplies $5 & Up
Dog Toys
Dog Toys $4 & Up
Cat Toys
Cat Toys $4 & Up

30Second Mobile, Inc. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to and affiliated sites.

Lost & Found Pets: ​6 Ways to Help Dogs & Cats Displaced By the Hurricane Into Shelters

Traveling With Dogs: 6 Must-Dos for Pet Owners to Create a Positive Experience in the Great Outdoors

Traveling With Pets Checklist: ​A 9-Step Guide for Road Trips, Airline Travel & Train Travel With the Family Pet

Donna John
Absolutely love this! No one should be separated from their pets.

join discussion

Please login to comment.

recommended tips

Baking Soda for Health: How Baking Soda Relieves Insect Bite Symptoms (for Pets, Too!)

A Final Letter to Our Furry Friend, Sir PiPig: A Tiny Love Lost & a Life Reminder – Don't Waste Time

Raw Pet Food: Healthier Pet Food Is Easier Than You Think & What Dogs Want!

Family Pets: 7 Healthy Reasons You Should Consider a Furry Friend!

Got 30 seconds? Sign up for and get the best of our tips each week!