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United States Army
Personal Property Processing Office
2234 Huber Road
Fort Meade, MD 20755
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.
Whether you are moving to another state or overseas, pets are an important concern. The decision to relocate your pet should be based on:
Pets are usually transported by air or personal vehicle. Plan a visit to the veterinarian to obtain a health certificate and disease inoculation documentation. Make sure your pet has a special identification tag with name, your name, and a destination address of a relative or friend. Have sufficient medications for your pet on hand during your relocation period.
When traveling by air remember that most commercial airlines do not transport pets during the summer months. FAA approved kennels are usually required for travel. Airlines reserve the right to refuse travel to any animal for any reason. Contact your airline for additional information.
If traveling by vehicle, ensure that your pet has the basic essentials such as water, treats, dishes, favorite toys, leash, bedding, and take several stretch breaks and relief breaks along the way. Nothing can waylay a trip with an animal faster than a health problem, and your pet's well-being should be of primary importance to you. Your pet will be subjected to conditions guaranteed to cause stress to your animal. A clean bill of health is an important first step in assuring your pet's ability to adjust to unfamiliar surroundings. In addition, most states and countries require recent health certificates and disease inoculation documentation before you will be allowed to cross borders, making a trip to the veterinarian mandatory. Even if you are traveling within your own state boundaries, it is a good idea to have your pet examined and inoculated. Your pet will be "out of his/her own back yard" and subject to contact with unknown animals. His/Her chances of contracting disease or infection will greatly increase. Have your pet examined by a licensed veterinarian, preferably one who has cared for animals on a regular basis. Ask the doctor to prescribe a motion sickness pill or sedative as a preventive measure. Don't tranquilize your animal automatically. Sedated animals are more likely to develop problems. (Note: Motion sickness pills are preferable to tranquilizers). NEVER give your pet tranquilizers without your vet's approval and NEVER give an animal any medication that has been prescribed for human use. Avoid traveling with an animal during extreme weather. Exceptionally cold or hot weather can result in hyper- and hypothermia, heart failure, even death. During summer months, schedule travel for early morning or evening hours.
There are no pet quarantines in Maryland.
On Fort Meade, IHG/Candlewood Suites Family Lodging reservation can be made anytime for Service Members that are in a PCS or TDY status. The facility consists of 243 rental units with kitchenettes, pet friendly, laundry facility on each floor, fitness center, business center, volleyball court, lending locker, free hot breakfast and a sweet shop.
The Pet Care Kennels on Fort Meade offer a full range of pet care services to include boarding, grooming. Contact the Pet Care Kennel at 301-677-4059. All pets must be registered within first 10 days of arrival on post.