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Defense Logistics Agency
Household Goods/Joint Personal Shipping Office North East
25 Chennault St.
Hanscom AFB, MA 45433-5541
Contact information for key programs and services at this installation.
Policies and rules for shipping pets vary at each installation. It’s important to understand the regulations, prohibitions and laws at your new installation before moving with a pet. Below, you’ll find installation-specific details for registering, boarding and transporting your pet.
There are no pet boarding facilities on the installation. Ohio is pet friendly, and there are many places you can board your pet.
The local pet boarding facilities fill up quickly. Make advance reservations as soon as you know your arrival date. Most boarding/kennel facilities require the pet to be vaccinated against kennel cough. For the latest and most up to date information, check online for pet boarding facilities in the local area.
Plan for your pet's trip in the same way you plan your own — well in advance. A clean bill of health is an important first step in assuring your pet's ability to adjust safely to unfamiliar surroundings. In addition, most states and countries require recent health certificates and disease inoculation documentation before you will be allowed to cross borders, making a trip to the veterinarian mandatory.
Make sure your pet has a special identification tag with your pet's name, your name and a destination address or address of a friend or a relative. Traveling by car is sometimes the most humane way to travel with your pet, since you can plan regular stops for exercise and feeding. Take along your pet's food and water bowls, blanket or bedding, and a favorite toy. All of these items will give your pet a touch of home.
If your pet travels with you, keep your pet on a leash when outside your car or hotel. If you plan to stay in a hotel or motel, call in advance to confirm pets are allowed before you make reservations. If you plan to board your pet at your destination point, reservation are also necessary, especially during the heavy travel periods over the holidays and summers. Never leave your pet alone in a parked car. In summer, it takes only minutes for the heat to climb to more than 120 degrees, even in the shade. In winter, closed cars become refrigerators, and the cold can be as dangerous as summer heat.
Traveling by air is another option for transporting pets. The carrier in which your pet will be spending most of the trip is of the utmost importance. Your pet must have room to turn freely while in a standing position and be able to use normal movements in order to stand erect or lie down in a natural position. A container for water should be secured to the inside of the carrier positioned so that it can be filled without opening the cage. A drip bottle is highly recommended. Also be sure to include a familiar blanket or favorite toy inside the carrier.
If your pet travels in the cargo section, extra care must be taken prior to boarding and after landing to minimize the difficulties your pet may face while out of your stewardship. Purchasing the proper carrier, arranging for non-stop, direct flights, and making sure that someone is in the baggage area when your pet arrives are safeguards that you can take to ensure your pet's safe transportation. Always check with the transportation carrier about special requirement pertaining to transportation of your pet.