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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 licensing of all dogs harbored within the county. Owners of dogs over 4 months of age must obtain a dog license from Frederick County Animal Control Center or other authorized facility. Proof of current rabies vaccination must be provided. Licensing must occur within 30 days of locating with the county or procuring the dog, and must be renewed annually by June 30. A dog license tag will be issued and should be affixed to the dog's collar or harness. It must be worn at all times unless it would endanger 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 pet(s) are acquired after move-in, then the resident must update the Pet Addendum within ten (10) days.
Three to four weeks before you leave, feed your pet in the crate and make them comfortable with blanket or toy and leave the door open so they are free to walk in and out. Take your pet for a trial ride and 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
Make sure your pet is healthy and strong enough to travel. Check with your veterinarian and 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, Pet lodging and Spa. Reservations are required. Weekly and monthly discounted packages available. Please call 301-619-3950 for rates, packages and reservations.
K9 Camp is located at 423 A East Patrick Street, Frederick, MD, 21701. They can be reached by calling 301-418-6207. This indoor doggie park provides crate free daycare and boarding. This service may eliminate some of the difficulty with in-processing for service members.
Google or check the yellow pages for additional kennels near the installation.