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Department of the Air Force
Traffic Management Office
217 5th Street
Dyess AFB, TX 79607
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.
Texas requires annual rabies vaccination, which you may obtain for your pet at the installation veterinary service. Pet owners must register their pets that will be residing on the installation within five days of their arrival into base housing. Pets residing within the Abilene city limits are required to wear a city license. To register your pet and/or obtain a city license, bring the pet's current inoculation certificate to the base veterinarian. You may contact the Dyess Veterinary Treatment Facility at 325-696-3366 or DSN 461-3366. If boarding your pet may be necessary here in Abilene, https://www.yellowpages.com/abilene-tx/pet-boarding-kennels my be able to assist.
Pets must be in good general health and have all current vaccinations, especially if traveling by air transport. Check with your airline service for specific details including any restrictions or limitations, costs for pet carriers, required vaccinations and shot records, etc.
Once you have decided that an animal is going to be your traveling companion, plan for your pet's trip in the same way you plan your own — well in advance.
There are no pet quarantines in Texas.
(Note: Dyess Air Force Base and the Airman and Family Readiness Center do not endorse or recommend any specific boarding or veterinary clinic.) Dyess does not have any kennels on base. Use the Yellow Pages and the internet to find kennels near the installation https://www.yellowpages.com/abilene-tx/pet-boarding-kennels. Remember, it is a good idea to make advance reservations for pet boarding as soon as you know your arrival date. Your sponsor can be of assistance in finding a kennel.
Note: There are only six temporary lodging facility pet rooms on Dyess Air Force Base, you must reserve your rooms as early as possible.
Veterinarians in the Abilene area who provide boarding services include:
Veterinarians provide immunizations at the base veterinary clinic; however, you must make an appointment. Call 325-696-3366, to make an appointment. Monday, Wednesday or Friday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. (closed noon-1 p.m.).
Rabies and heartworm are the major health concerns for animals in the Abilene and Dyess Air Force Base areas, so pets should receive periodic vaccinations and/or medications. Dyess Air Force Base Vet Clinic, located at 941 Louisiana Drive provides wellness services for your pet including annual immunization, treatments for skin disorders, eye and ear infections, microchip insertion and health certificates for travel. Heartworm prevention, flea and tick medication, vitamins, dental kits and shampoos are available for purchase. The vet periodically offers equine vaccination clinics. Call the clinic for details.
Residents of base housing are required to register their pets with the installation vet clinic. Bring the animal's shot record with you at registration time or the animal will need to receive vaccinations. The installation requires dogs to be on heartworm prevention as well. Pets residing off-base and within Abilene city limits are required to wear a city license, which is available at the base veterinary services. Abilene and Dyess enforce a leash law.
Call 325-696-3366 to schedule an appointment or address any questions. Note: There is a dangerous dog restriction for housing residents.