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United States Army
Personal Property Shipping Office (PPSO)
Building 152 Patriot Boulevard
Ft Buchanan Puerto Rico 00934
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 license requirements for house pets. However, the Fort Buchanan Veterinary Detachment requires licensing if living on post. Vaccinations must be up-to-date (within six months of arrival).
In order to prevent the spread of Newcastle's disease to birds in Puerto Rico, exotic birds that were not originally obtained in the U.S. are required to be quarantined at a U.S. Department of Agriculture animal import facility. The nearest facility to Puerto Rico is located in Miami. Pet birds accompanied by proof of U.S. origination (includes health certificate and leg band) can enter Puerto Rico without quarantine. Pets moving to Puerto Rico must comply with regulations from both the USDA as well as those of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. All animals coming into Puerto Rico must have a health certificate, completed by a veterinarian, that certifies that the animal is free from infectious and contagious diseases. Some vaccinations are required, i.e. rabies vaccination of pet dogs and cats. Because there are few instances where animals coming from Puerto Rico are restricted from entry in to the U.S., the Commonwealth has established animal importation rules that are similar to those of the U.S. In general, these rules are designed to prevent the accidental introduction of animal diseases that have been eradicated from CONUS.
Early planning is very important to ensure a space for your pets at a local kennel. Reservations should be made at least one month in advance. Deposits will be required to hold reservation. All kennels listed below meet standards. The U.S. Army Veterinary Services cannot take responsibility for animals while boarded.
The Fort Buchanan Guest House has two deluxe pet-friendly rooms with $75 deposit (not refundable) and $5 daily charge per pet.
A recent law passed in Puerto Rico forbids possession of dogs known as pit bulls. So far there is no ordinance against them on post. According to the Puerto Rico Department of Natural Resources all exotic pets such as snakes, birds, reptiles, etc., must have pre-approval before coming into the island. Contact the Relocation office 787-707-3682 for further details or call the Information and Referral office at 787-707-3804.
You may pick up your pets at the traveling airline cargo area.