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United States Army
Transportation Office - Personal Property
9200 Amber Drive
Fort Detrick, MD 21702
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.
Frederick County requires the licensing of all dogs harbored within the county. For dogs more than four months of age, you must obtain a license from the county Animal Control Center or other authorized facility.
Licensing must occur within 30 days of move-in or procuring the dog, and must be renewed annually by June 30. A dog license tag will be issued and should be affixed to its collar or harness. It must be worn at all times unless it poses a threat to the dog's safety.
All pets must be registered with the Community Management Office by completing the pet addendum when signing the Resident Responsibility Agreement. If additional pets are acquired after move-in, the addendum must be updated within 10 days
Crates and Travel
Three to four weeks before you leave, feed your pet in the crate, make them comfortable with a blanket or toy, and leave the door open so they are free to walk in and out. Take your pet for a trial ride. On moving day, cover the crate floor with litter or absorbent bedding. All crates must be airline approved. Airlines provide pressurized and climate controlled areas but you may consider avoiding traveling during extremely hot temperatures. Make sure your pet has plenty of water. Travel with pets can require extra time, include additional stops in your estimated time of arrival.
Health and Age
Check with your veterinarian to make sure your pet is healthy and strong enough to travel. If traveling by air, check with your airline for any age or health restrictions. You may also need a health certificate. Hand-carry pet medical and vaccination records. You will need them for commercial transportation, for boarding, and for licensing.
Depending on the size of the pet, if you a traveling by air, it could be very expensive. The government does not pay to transport animals or reimburse pet expenses. Contact hotels in advance to determine if they allow pets.
Maryland does not require a quarantine period.
Fort Detrick offers pet daycare, lodging and spa services. Reservations are required. Weekly and monthly discounted packages are available. Call 301-619-3950 for rates, packages and reservations.
Check the internet or yellow pages for additional kennels near the installation.