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S. 4597 (116th): PUPS Act

The text of the bill below is as of Sep 16, 2020 (Introduced). The bill was not enacted into law.

Summary of this bill

The Baha Men once asked, “Who let the dogs out?” A new bill in Congress asks, “Shouldn’t we let the dogs in?”


Audra Elam, a 27-year-old from Illinois, was volunteering with the Peace Corps to teach English to children in the African nation of Togo. Her terrier mix Socrates lived with her over there, but when the COVID-19 pandemic hit in March, she had to leave the dog behind at first when abruptly leaving the country, intending to ship him back to the U.S. soon after.

Elam arranged for Socrates to receive the mandated rabies vaccination in Africa before a company shipped him back to the U ...



2d Session

S. 4597


September 16, 2020

(for himself and Mr. Booker) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance


To require U.S. Customs and Border Protection to permit the entry into the United States of pets accompanying United States nationals repatriating during public health emergencies.


Short title

The Act may be cited as the Permanently Uniting Pets Stateside Act or the PUPS Act.


Entry of pets of United States nationals repatriating during public health emergencies


In general

The Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection shall permit the entry into the United States of a pet accompanying a covered individual entering the United States without regard to the requirements of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the Department of Agriculture with respect to the entry of pets into the United States if the individual agrees to comply with those requirements as soon as practicable after entering the United States.



In this section:


Covered individual

The term covered individual means an individual who—


is a citizen of the United States or an alien lawfully admitted for permanent residence to the United States;


has been living or traveling outside the United States; and


is returning to the United States during a public health emergency declared under section 319 of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 247d).



The term pet means a domestic dog, cat, or bird.