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United States Army
Transportation Division PPSO (Personal Property Shipping Office)
10720 Mount Belvedere Boulevard
Building P-10720 Clark Hall
2nd Floor Room A2-42
Fort Drum, NY 13602
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.
New York state requires all dogs, cats and domesticated ferrets to be vaccinated against rabies. Contact veterinary services for additional vaccination information. According to the New York State Department of Health, New York frequently leads the nation in the number of rabid animals. It is important that you remain vigilant and keep your pet's rabies vaccination current.
All dogs and cats living on Fort Drum must be registered with Fort Drum Veterinary Services. Dogs must also be registered with the state. Licensing is done through the town clerk in the area in which the animal lives. Pets residing on Fort Drum must be licensed in the Town of Leray.
Leash Laws and Animal Control
On Fort Drum and in the local community, pet owners have the responsibility to control their pets. Voice command is not an acceptable means of control. Pets are not to engage in menacing behavior such as chasing vehicles, bikes or pedestrians; prolonged barking or howling; biting people or other animals; or habitual straying. New York state law and Fort Drum policy requires all pets to be confined or restrained at all times.
All pets must be kept on a leash at all times when outside the home or enclosed yard, and are not to be tied or staked outside the home. Balconies and garages are not acceptable pet holding areas or kennels. Pets are not allowed on playgrounds or tot lots at any time. Owners are responsible for cleaning up pet droppings in all common areas and on personal premises, and for providing humane care of pets including adequate food, water and shelter from extreme weather.
The soldier is responsible for all charges incurred in transporting pets. The Army does not pay to have your pets transported. Even though they are an important part of your family they are not listed on your orders and the Army does not "sponsor" their travel.
When traveling with your pet, make sure your pet is clean and groomed prior to your travel. Make sure your pet is healthy and up to date on all vaccinations. Hand-carry all vaccination records, rabies certificate and veterinary records. Make sure your pet is properly identified with a current tag and/or micro-chip.
Pets leaving the Fort Drum area and going overseas must have a rabies shot no less than 30 days old and not older than one year. A health certificate must be obtained within 10 days of departure to ensure the pet is healthy for travel. Check with Veterinary Services for overseas pet quarantine requirements.
Traveling by car
When making a permanent change of station move within the continental U.S. the soldier is required to transport pets in their privately owned vehicle.
When traveling by car consider the following:
Travel by air
The Transportation Office Personnel Movement Section or Port Call assists with making arrangements to ship pets overseas. DOD pet requests are for cats and dogs only. Only two pets per PCS move are authorized and the Soldier is responsible for all charges incurred in transporting pets. Average rates can vary from $100 to over $1,000 and are calculated according to either dimensional kennel weight or combined animal and kennel weight, and destination.
When traveling by air consider the following:
Pets are not required to be quarantined when arriving at Fort Drum. If a dog or cat is involved in a bite case the animal must be taken to Veterinary Services.
Arrangements will need to be made for your pets. It is best to make those arrangements prior to your arrival to Fort Drum. Keep a few things in mind and consider your pet care options before you arrive:
Pet Boarding Facilities/Kennels Near Fort Drum
Pet boarding costs an average of $15-$25/ day for dogs and $12-$20/ day for cats. All animals must have proof of up-to-date vaccinations prior to being accepted at any pet boarding facility. It is important for you to make pet boarding reservations prior to your arrival.
Following is a list of facilities offering pet boarding services. This may not be a complete list of available facilities. Appearance on this list does not constitute endorsement of any facility listed and you are advised and encouraged to thoroughly research all facilities before boarding your pet:
Four Paws Pet Motel
KJ Kennels Dog Boarding & Grooming,
The Shaggy Dog Lodge & Day Spa
Tug Hill Kennels
Saints Run Kennel
The Fort Drum Veterinary Clinic is located in Building P-10735 Enduring Freedom Drive. The clinic offers a variety of services for your pet including vaccinations, spaying/neutering, microchipping and emergency services. You must be an ID cardholder to access services. In addition, the clinic offers animals for adoption and works closely with the Jefferson County SPCA. Adoption is open to ID cardholders as well as non-ID cardholders. Call 315-772-4262 or DSN 312-772-4262 for all matters related to pets.
The New York State Education Department oversees the licensure of veterinarians and veterinary technicians. To verify a license and learn more about who must be licensed and currently registered to offer professional services and/or use the professional title, contact the New York State Education Department, Office of the Professions at 518-474-3817.
Fort Drum installation requires all incoming personnel to in-process with the Veterinary Clinic if they have animals. If you have health records on your animal you will need to drop them off at the clinic. All pets living on post must be registered on post. Part of the registration is making sure the pet's shots are up to date. The veterinary staff will screen the records at the time of registration. The animals must be microchipped as well which costs approximately $40.00. This ensures the return of your pet if lost. Veterinary clinics can scan the microchip and after identification the rightful pet owner will be called. Appointments and Information can be obtained by calling Veterinary Services at 315-772-4262 or DSN 312-772-4262.
Residents of privatized or Government controlled/leased housing are limited to a total of two dogs or cats per household. Breeds including mixed breeds deemed “aggressive or potentially aggressive” are not permitted unless the dog is a certified military working dog that is being boarded by its handler/trainer.
The following breeds are deemed aggressive or potentially aggressive are not permitted on Fort Drum:
Dominant and aggressive behavior includes but is not limited to unprovoked barking, growling or snarling at people approaching the animal, aggressively running along fence lines when people are present, biting or scratching people and escaping confinement of restriction to chase people.
Fort Drum Mountain Community Homes policy mandates that all personnel will register and microchip all privately owned dogs and cats within 45 days of accepting on post housing. Microchipping is a permanent pet identification system that places a small sterile computer microchip under the skin of an animal between the shoulder blades. The cost of the microchip is approximately $40.00.
Failure to comply with the mandatory microchip policy will result in the owner being notified in writing through his/her respective chain of command. Failure to comply after written notification will result in the animal(s) seizure by appropriate authority. For more information on Mandatory Pet Microchipping and Registration contact Veterinary Services.