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United States Army
Personal Property Shipping Office (PPSO)
Bldg 504 A Pershing Road
Fort Bliss, TX 79916
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.
Due to its location along the border, El Paso is an area with a higher than average incident rate of rabies. It is recommended that pets receive all required shots prior to or immediately upon arrival.
All dogs and cats are required to be immunized against rabies and registered annually. Fort Bliss requires a full series of vaccinations as well as the rabies vaccination. Dogs and cats residing off post must be registered with the City at the Animal Regulation & Disease Control for a fee of $10.00. More details may be obtained at the Fort Bliss VTF. Animals residing on post must be registered with the Fort Bliss VTF within three working days of their arrival. Proof of rabies immunization within the last year is required of all dogs and cats over three months of age at the time of registration.
Registration and immunization are required on a yearly basis. If your animals were not vaccinated at the Fort Bliss VTF, bring the certificate of rabies vaccination to the VTF for registration and/or update of their records.
Pets are seen by appointment only. This clinic does not see emergency pet situations. In the case of a pet emergency, please call the El Paso Animal Emergency Center, 1220 Airway Boulevard, 915-545-1148.
All pets living on post must be registered with the VTF upon arrival. On-Post Housing may limit the number and breed of pets. Contact on-post housing for more information.
Travelers shipping pets into El Paso should time their arrival/and/or transfer of pets at other airports to ensure the pet does not sit out on the hot tarmac during transfer between aircraft. If at all possible, try to schedule the flights in the early mornings or evenings for your pet's safety. All cats and dogs must receive rabies shots and tags annually, through your local veterinarian. All dogs and cats over four months of age must have a current rabies vaccination.
Dogs or cats that bite any individual must be quarantined for a 10 day period. Bites must be reported to Animal Control workers in El Paso 915-221-PAWS (7297); FAX 915-842-1008. When reporting a bite, abuse and/or neglect, Press Option 1 and you will be transferred to #311. There is no quarantine required for pets being brought into the El Paso geographic area.
At the IHG Army Hotel at Fort Bliss, there are a limited number of pet rooms available at Lodging. Advance reservations for these rooms are suggested. There is a $75 non-refundable pet fee for a pet room. Guests arriving with pets must bring current vaccination records. The following pets are not authorized at Lodging: Pit Bulls, American Staffordshire Terriers, English Staffordshire Terriers, Rottweilers (full or mixed breed), wolves & wolf hybrids.
Pets other than domestic dogs, cats, small caged rodents, birds and fish are not allowed on Fort Bliss. This includes exotic animals, whether mammals or reptiles, as well as domestic livestock such as goats, sheep, pigs, chickens etc.
As of 12 August 2004, dogs belonging to the following breeds are prohibited from Fort Bliss: Pit Bulls, American Staffordshire Bull Terriers, English Staffordshire Bull Terriers, Rottweilers (full or mixed breed), and wolves and wolf hybrids. If you have questions or need more information on this policy, please contact the VTF or the Housing Office.
The VTF is located in Building 6077, Carter Road, El Paso, Texas 79920 (West Bliss, past the Bowling Alley) and can be reached by calling 915-742-2266; fax 915-742-6202. Hours 7:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. (closed Saturday, Sunday, the last working day of the month and Federal Holidays) More information may be found on the VTF website.
Families living in government quarters are limited on the number and type of pets allowed. Check with the housing office for regulations.