There's no license or permit needed to take any prairie dog to the vet. It's true that some vets will not see pd's, but they are very few. For one thing once a pd is a yr old there's no way to prove their age, so for all they know they're pre ban. My vet for one has never asked any questions and reports to no one. People drive from all over the US to have their pd's spayed or neutered by my vet who's not only very experienced, but keeps no paperwork, and lists all pd's under my file. There are vets in every state who have no problem seeing prairie dogs and do all the time.
The ban has been in place for more than 4yrs and all the hype is now gone. I've been caught red handed by police in my state, and not only were they unaware of any ban, they could careless about it. I was ready to be in trouble and they thought it funny I was so scared. I was told "It's no big deal it's just a few pounds of critters, it's not like you're moving heroin". Since monkey pox no longer front page news people have forgotten all about it, and most never knew anything about it.
I'm not saying there's nothing to be concerned about because there is. I'm only pointing out that the risk is small and the pd's are more than worth it. Anyone who adopts MUST keep their mouth SHUT!
It doesn't have to be a huge secret you have them, but keeping quiet about exactly what you have is. The only way to insure your precious babies stay safe is by keeping quiet and trusting no one.
The lives of all pd's everywhere depend on discretion.
If asked some good answers are: I found it in my backyard: I bought it from an ad in the paper (I've rescued several from ads):I've had them for many yrs: They breed and had babies: Someone left it on my doorstep: It's a ground squirrel not a prairie dog: It's a fat Richardson: You get the idea..
There's nothing even close to the loyalty, devoting and unconditional love a prairie dog gives. There's a special bond between a prairie dog and their owner that's unbreakable. They're easy to care for and give so much back in return. I know some disagree in keeping wild animals as pets, but once you've been loved it's clear they wouldn't want to be back in the wild for anything.