For those planning to travel with their pet in the coming months, be very aware that the United States Federal Government shutdown has caused all the USDA offices to operate with limited staff at best. It will be difficult to obtain USDA endorsement of veterinary and Annex II certificates until the shutdown is over. We recommend contacting your State USDA office and see if they will accommodate you. Be sure and make an appointment if you can. JFK and LAX offices are open to foot traffic if you are anywhere in the vicinity. Hopefully, traveling for pet owners will be easier real soon!