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United States Army
7585 Virginia Avenue
FORT POLK, LA 71459
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.
Pets residing on post must register with the Veterinary Clinic within three working days upon obtaining housing. Current immunizations are required.
DANGEROUS BREEDS: Several breeds of dogs have been designated as dangerous breeds. These include: pure and mixed-breed Rottweiler, All the varieties of PIT BULLS, CHOWS, WOLF HYBRIDS, or ANY other breed with DOMINANT TRAITS GEARED TOWARDS AGGRESSION. Dogs belonging to dangerous breeds are prohibited from living on Fort Polk.
Microchipping of your animals is mandatory. (JRTC & FP Reg 40-3). This is a form of permanent identification at a cost of $25.00. You MUST do a change of ownership at the Veterinary Treatment Facility (VTF) if you give a microchipped animal away. You will be held legally and financially responsible for your animals while they are in your name.
Pet Registration -- All pets maintained in government quarters must be registered with the Fort Polk VTF services within 10 working day of arrival or acquisition. This registration requirement does not apply to caged small animals, birds, or fish. Dogs and cats must be immunized per local statues (Leesville and Vernon Parish). Failure to register pets maintained in government quarters may result in their immediate removal and the sponsor//owner loosing pet privileges for the remainder of their assignment at Fort Polk. Registration packets can be picked up during normal business hours.
Two (2) pets per household allowed without exception to policy. All animals must be current on vaccinations and Dogs MUST be kept on a heartworm preventative year round for optimal health.
Animals found running loose will be picked up by Alexandria Animal Control.
No animals will be housed in the barracks to include no reptiles, spiders, ferrets, fish, and gerbals; to include alligators of ant age, length, or gender.
There are NO STABLES on Fort Polk, although there are stables and boarding facilities off post. For your arrival with your horse or pony to your new home in Louisiana, will need the interstate health certificate and Negative Coggins (equine infectious anemia) test verification? You may choose to have your horse or pony microchipped, but at this time there is NO requirement for EQUINE CHIPPING in Louisiana. It is a personnel choice of ownership.
There are no quarantines for pets arriving on Fort Polk.
When it comes to Permanent Change of Station (PCS) moves, your pet is your responsibility. You will need to meet requirements -- and pay any fees -- for documentation, immunization, and pet entry at your next duty station. Your military travel office can help you make reservations for air transport or give guidance on how to make the best arrangements for your pet. If your pet will be riding in the car with you, be sure to have proof of rabies vaccination and a current health certificate available when crossing state or international borders. If your pet is accompanying you in your vehicle when you move, keep the following issues in mind: If you are traveling overnight or longer, you should make advance reservations at motels or hotels that permit pets. Pets Welcome's website is one source where you can find pet-friendly hotels. If you are camping, find out whether pets are permitted in the public or private campgrounds at which you expect to stop. A stake with a long leash attached will be useful in keeping your pet restricted outdoors, especially if you are camping.
Be aware that airlines usually won't allow animals to travel in the cargo hold when it's too hot or cold outside. In most cases your veterinarian can give authorization that your pet is healthy enough to fly at slightly higher or lower temperatures. Check with your veterinarian and the airlines. Requirements vary by carrier. Some airlines allow small dogs or cats to accompany owners in the passenger cabin, as long as they are in a carrier that fits under the seat. Airlines may impose additional charges for pets in the passenger cabin.
You should consider a carrier or portable kennel if you have a dog or cat. Folding kennels as well as crates designed especially for station wagons are available. If you haven't done so already, condition your dog or cat to a leash. Cat harnesses are available at many pet shops. Unless your dog or cat is already conditioned to car travel, start taking it on short trips to accustom it to car motion. A dog should be taught to keep its head inside the car, and not bark at passing vehicles.
Attach pet travel identification and rabies tags firmly to collars. Never let your dog or cat loose in a strange place; always attach the leash before opening the car door and detach it after the pet is back inside and the door is closed. Keep a close watch on your pets when stopping at filling stations and restaurants.
Birds and small pets, such as gerbils and hamsters, can generally travel in the cage they use at home. To keep the bird calm, its cage should be covered while on the road. Remove the water container from the cage to avoid spills. Place the cage in the car out of drafts but with plenty of ventilation, and make sure it remains steady. Be sure to give the pet fresh water at every stop, and observe normal feeding schedules.
Tropical fish are susceptible to abrupt changes in water temperature, and their condition is directly affected by overcrowding. To transport tropical fish by car, it is best to remove them from the aquarium unless it is a small one that can be moved without too much danger of breakage. It probably will not be necessary to feed the fish, as most species can go without food for as long as a week. Use a portable unbreakable container or a leak-proof plastic bag closed with a rubber band, place it in an outer bag of similar size to prevent accidental leakage, then into a sturdy container, such as a Styrofoam picnic cooler, which will help stabilize water temperature. When transferring fish to the container, remember to fill the container or plastic bag only about one-third full of water. Use water from the aquarium, add the fish and close the top. Open the container or plastic bag every four or five hours to freshen the air supply. Empty and dry the aquarium and pack it carefully, or have the mover pack it for you. Plants and snails from the aquarium can be carried along in plastic bags with a small amount of water.
Your horse or pony can be transported commercially via air freight or by a horse transporting company, or you can tow it in a horse trailer behind your motor vehicle. If you are making an out-of-state move, you will need the health documents required by the destination state. Be sure to inquire about local facilities for horse care. Motels, particularly in rural communities, will sometimes grant permission for a horse and trailer to be kept in the parking area overnight. If you are camping, make certain that horses are permitted in the campgrounds or somewhere close by. A horse or pony can generally be boarded overnight at reasonable cost at stables along the way. Most stables will ask to see the animal's interstate health certificate and negative Coggins (equine infectious anemia) as requirements for admission. Louisiana is one of those states. The Coggins paperwork MUST be current. When trailering a horse, remember to park occasionally at rest areas to unload and exercise it.
WARNING: If traveling with your pet(s) to or through Louisiana during the summer months you will want to remember the weather conditions for the state. Hot, humid and tropical conditions are the normal, with heat indexes in excess of 105* degrees at times during the summer months. You will want to keep your animal well hydrated, parked in shade when stopping, and NEVER leave your animal in a parked car with the windows up. The inside temperature of your vehicle can reach in excess of 120* degrees within 1 hour if left with little ventilation in the Louisiana summer.
There are no on-post pet kennels. Contact the Fort Polk Veterinary Clinic, 337-531-1322, DSN 312-863-1322, for assistance with local kennels.
Boarding facilities in the surrounding area of Fort Polk are as stated. For more information you may contact the individual facility:
Fees for boarding will vary, most area Veterinary services offer boarding and kennel runs.
Fort Polk Veterinary Treatment Facility (VTF) Welcome Packets can be picked up at the VTF during business hours. For appointments you may call 337-531-1322/1323; DSN 312-863-1322/1323 or come by the VTF.
The VTF does normal veterinary treatment to include dispensing of medications, vaccinations, microchipping, dentals, and surgical procedures. The VTF does not provide emergency services. The closest emergency services are located in Leesville or DeRidder, both within 10 - 20 minutes from the installation.
There are no boarding facilities for animals. Off post arrangements must be made for boarding of animals.
Dangerous Breeds are not allowed on post. Pit Bulls, Chows, Rottweiler's, English/American Staffordshire Bull Terriers and Wolf Hybrids are classified as dangerous breeds. Filing an Exception to Policy (ETP): $300,000.00 Liability Insurance; Good Canine Certification Certificate; Obtain ETP from Residential Communities Initiative (RCI) office; Animals must be boarded off post until completed. Reference: JRTC & FP REG 40-3 - ANIMAL AND ANIMAL DISEASE CONTROL
Garrison Policy # 28 - Control of Animals on Fort Polk, located on JRTC & Fort Polk website.
The Fort Polk Veterinary Treatment Facility (VTF) provides veterinary services for animals owned by personnel authorized DOD medical care (personnel enrolled in DEERS).
Animals may be examined, immunized, microchipped, and treated for the prevention and control of disease which may be transmitted to humans or animals, or those diseases which may constitute a community health threat.