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Department of the Air Force
Traffic Management Office
220 W Bong St.
Bldg. 2245 Room 127
Fairchild AFB, WA 99011
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.
Licensing and registration requirements apply on base, in Spokane and in the rest of Spokane County:
On base: Pets kept on base are required to be registered with the Fairchild Veterinary Treatment Facility within three days of moving into housing. There is no charge for this service.
Per the base commander, all pets living on base must have a microchip. If the pet(s) do not have a microchip, they must be microchipped within 30 days, which can be accomplished through on- or off-base veterinary services.
The microchip is linked to Spokane County registration. We recommend that you wait to register through Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Services until after the microchip has been implanted.
Pet licensing for cats and dogs is mandatory in all areas of Spokane County within 30 days of acquisition of a pet or when the pet reaches 6 months of age. It is recommended that the license be attached to a substantial collar and worn at all times.
In the city of Spokane and in Airway Heights, the cost of licensing is:
Cats, $28; if spayed/neutered, $18
Dogs, $53; if spayed/neutered, $28
For a registration form and or additional information, visit https://www.spokanecounty.org/4353/Fees-and-Fines or call 509-477-2532
On base: Pets must be secured with leashes or be under control while outdoors, except in areas with fenced patios and yards. Pets must not be left tied up or unattended in exterior appurtenances or unfenced yards, or allowed to run loose outside fenced yards.
Off base: Dogs must be kept confined to your property or on a leash no longer than eight feet. Cats may not run at large without having been spayed or neutered or be on private property without the permission of the property owner.
Restrictions on Types of Pets Allowed
Balfour Beatty Housing will provide a pet addendum to all pet owners who want to live in base housing.
1. Residents may not board exotic animals such as reptiles, rodents (other than hamsters and guinea pigs), ferrets, hedgehogs, skunks, rats, raccoons, squirrels, pot-bellied pigs, monkeys, arachnids or any farm animals. Only cats, dogs, fish, hamsters, guinea pigs, gerbils and birds are permitted.
2. Only two walking pets are allowed per home.
3. Animals banned by state and federal laws are prohibited (including ferrets).
4. Aggressive or potentially aggressive breeds of dogs are prohibited. These include Akitas, American bulldogs, chows, dobermans, Presa canarios, Rottweilers, wolf hybrids and pit bulls (American Staffordshire bull terrier or English Staffordshire bull terrier). Prohibition also extends to other breeds of dogs or individual dogs that demonstrate or are known to demonstrate a propensity for dominant or aggressive behavior, to include having the following type of behaviors:
a. Unprovoked barking, growling or snarling
b. Aggressively running along a fence line when people are present
c. Biting or scratching
d. Escaping confinement or restriction to chase people
5. The 92 ARW/CC is the approval authority over installation access, control and domiciling for any animal other than service dogs, including pets, therapy animals and service dogs in training, which fall under the criteria of an aggressive or potentially aggressive breed or if other than a dog or cat species (e.g., exotic and farm animals). Approval authority is delegated to 92 MSG/CC with concurrence from Balfour Beatty Communities.
6. Breeding or raising animals in housing is prohibited.
7. No visiting pets are permitted without prior management approval).
Pet Travel & Quarantine
There is no quarantine required for Washington State, unless you are coming from overseas into the United States.
Travel is always hard on a pet whether it is accustomed to the road or not. Remember animals experience the same excitement and anxiety in a new environment as you. Consider bringing along a few of their favorite items for the trip.
If your pet gets sick while traveling, the American Animal Hospital Association provides a toll-free number (800-252-2242) to help provide recommendations while traveling and information on veterinarians in the local area.
Health certificates are legal documents generated by a veterinary clinic attesting to the general health of the pet prior to travel. Health certificates may be obtained at the Fairchild AFB Veterinary Treatment Facility for travel within and outside of the United States.
- Domestic Health Certificates are required if you are traveling across state lines. Certificates should be obtained within 30 days if you are driving and within 10 days of flying with any airline.
- International Health Certificates are required for all countries and airlines. These certificates should be obtained within 10 days or 48 hours of travel, depending on the means of travel.
Please contact the Fairchild AFB Veterinary Treatment Facility for additional information on health certificates as soon as you are notified of expected travel to help smartly plan your move. Please also consult https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/pet-travel for additional pet travel information.
You may schedule your pet's flight yourself, whether it's on the same flight you will be on or the pet will be on a cargo flight. Many air carriers have Reserved Air Freight shipments, so you can call ahead. RAF arrangements should be made in advance. We recommend you avoid initiating shipment over weekends or holidays when freight offices are likely closed. For all air travel, a health certificate is required and is generally good for 10 days from the date of issuance. We recommend obtaining the certificate as close to departure as possible.
- Purchasing a crate is preferable to renting one (for the sake of your pet's health). Purchase crates that meet federal compliance. Attach water pans to prevent spills.
- On the top outside of the crate, list your name, address and phone number so the Transport Authorities can contact you in case of emergency (canceled flights, etc.).
- Secure a 3x5 card to the top of the crate indicating name, address and phone number of the person to receive the pet at its final destination.
- Federal regulations require that you attach an envelope to the crate containing the pet's health certificate.
- It is wise to carry or mail duplicate copies of required information (just in case the envelope is lost or damaged).
- If the flight is 12-24 hours, depending on the age of the pet, you must provide food to accompany the crate. A suggestion is to attach a heavy cloth or plastic bag filled with dry (biscuits) or "soft moist" food.
- We do not recommend locking the door of the crate. In case of an emergency, you want someone to be able to assist your pet without tearing the door off its hinges and destroying the crate.
- If you are traveling with your pet or won't be in the airport when it arrives, arrange to have someone pick up your pet and let you know the pet has arrived safely.
For your convenience, we recommend you pack a travel kit for your pet. Consider including the following items:
- Ample supply of pet's regular food and treats
- Food and water bowls
- Comb and/or brush
- Mop-up towel or paper towels
- Plastic bags to clean up after your pet at motel or campground
- For cats, pack: kitty litter pan, kitty litter, and scooper
Please visit the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) website at https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/pet-travel for requirements regarding pet travel to different countries. Please also visit the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)’s website for additional travel tips. Costs for pet travel are not reimbursed by the government but may be authorized as a tax deduction. Keep your receipts and consult your on- or off-base tax preparer, or the IRS.
Note to Pet Owners
There are 17 units at Fairchild Air Force Base that allow pets. Shot records must be provided and there is an additional fee of $10 per night.
If only a regular unit is available, you must kennel your animal or pay the excess cost to stay off base. Lodging has information on local kennels and hotels that accept pets. There is also a kennel on base that charges $25-$28 per night, depending on the type of accommodation. Pets in a non-pet friendly room will accrue a cleaning fee of $150.
Fairchild offers: Tanker Tails at FAFB. Call 509-247-4799 or check them out on Facebook
The Fairchild Air Force Base Veterinary Treatment Facility offers:
You must be a Military ID cardholder to be eligible to use the on-base VTF.
Health concerns for pets in this area include:
Additionally, for dogs, the following are health concerns: Leptospirosis, Bordetella (kennel cough) with parainfluenza and heartworm preventatives. Heartworm preventatives are available for dogs.
Additionally, for cats, the following are health concerns: rabies and feline distemper. Heartworm and flea and tick preventatives are available for cats.