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United States Army
Transportation Management Office (TMO)
Henderson Hall HQMC
1555 South Gate Road
Bldg 29/ Rm 302
Arlington, VA 22214
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.
All pets more than 90 days of age maintained in government quarters must be registered at the Veterinary Clinic within 10 days of arrival or acquisition.
Although local laws vary, all nearby areas require dog owners to obtain a license.
Leash Laws and Animal Control
On post, pets found unattended, running free, or not under the control of the owner by leash may be apprehended by the Animal Welfare League of Arlington. However, off post, Virginia gives localities the power to make leash laws. Once you have found a place to live, you should contact the respective county to obtain the most up to date information and requirements.
MarylandMontgomery County: 301-217-6999
District of Columbia: 202-576-6665
The U.S. government is not responsible for shipping pets. If you wish your pet to accompany you on a flight, notify your transportation office so that concurrent reservations may be made. Only two pets per PCS are authorized and the Soldier is responsible for all charges incurred with transporting pets. Average costs 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 with your pet, make sure your pet is healthy and up to date on all vaccinations. Make sure your pet is properly identified with a current tag and/or micro-chip.
When traveling by air, consider the following:
When traveling with your pet by car, you should consider the following tips:
No quarantine is required in the United States for dogs or cats, however, all dogs and cats in the Metro area are required to be immunized against rabies and registered.
If a hotel/lodging facility does not accept your pet, there are a number of pet boarding facilities/kennels within a 20 mile radius.
Pet boarding costs and quality vary widely so you may want to research your options thoroughly before selecting one. The following is a list of facilities offering pet boarding services in the area. Note that this list may not be complete and it does not constitute endorsement of any of the facilities listed. You are advised and encouraged to research all facilities before boarding your pet.
The Fort Myer Veterinary Clinic is located at 101 Jackson Avenue. The phone number is 703-696-3604. Services for privately owned pets will be provided as personnel availability and time constraints allow, as determined by the installation veterinarian. All animals are seen on an appointment basis. The Clinic is operated as an outpatient clinic for administering required immunizations, health certificates, diagnostic services, and treatment of diseases that are an actual or potential threat to the health of the command (diseases shared by and transmissible between humans and animals).