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United States Army
Household Goods - Personal Property Work Center
217 Custer Avenue
Personnel Processing Center
Fort Riley, KS 66442
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.
If you are PCS’ing within the United States, most states require a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection to cross state lines with your pet. It is like moving from one town to another. If you opt to live on base, they generally impose a two-pet per household limit. Fort Riley allows for a two-pet per household limit in on-post housing. Breed specific legislation may be imposed based on your branch, service or base restrictions. Know before you go.
Fort Riley is a pet-friendly installation. There is a 2 pet limit and a $150 non-refundable fee per pet. Exotic, farm, ranch or wild animals, including but not limited to, marsupials, primates, ferrets, raccoons, hedgehogs, pot-bellied pigs, exotic felines, squirrels, skunks, rodents (rats and mice), reptiles, snakes, spiders and any other animal requiring a permit from the Fish and Wildlife Service, may not be kept as a pet. Other exotic pets such as monkeys, snakes, ferrets, etc. are not permitted. Fort Riley follows the Department of Army Pet Policy: Pit Bulls, American Staffordshire Bull Terriers or English Staffordshire Bull Terriers, Rottweilers, Doberman Pinschers, Chows and wolf hybrids are not allowed on Fort Riley or in family housing. The Stray Animal Facility on Fort Riley has an abundance of pets. So as you arrive, if you are looking for a new pet, please contact them or check them out on their Facebook page Fort Riley Pets.
If you are traveling by air with a pet, consult the airline, a military veterinarian or your Army Community Service Relocation Assistance Program for rules and helpful hints. Be aware that 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. If you plan to travel by car consider the following:
Never leave your pet alone in the car:
If you are PCS’ing
You may request AER assistance for shipping of a pet. It will be an AER loan with a $5,500.00 cap as of 1 October 2020. It will be authorized with unit command and Level II concurrence.
Temporary lodging on post has a pet friendly facility with family unit suites. Please notify us at the time of the reservation, if you require a pet friendly facility. To make arrangements contact them at 1-877-711-TEAM (8326) or 785-239-2830, DSN 312-856-2830. Remember, it is a good idea to make advanced reservations for pet boarding as soon as you know your arrival date.
Boarding services are not offered at the veterinarian clinic on post.
Pet boarding prices range from $11.00 to $13.25 per night, depending on the facility and the weight of the pet.
Some facilities in the area are:
All animals are required to be registered at the Fort Riley Veterinary Treatment Facility and have a microchip per Garrison Policy #15. Stray or runaway animals are captured by the military police and taken to the VTF. This requirement ensures the pet and owner can be reunited. You must bring all pet records along with a valid ID to building 226 during normal business hours. If your pets were seen at another military installation, we can transfer the electronic records. There is no cost for registering and it takes approximately 10-20 minutes. Registration is free. If you have any questions, please call 785-239-3886.
Boarding services are not offered on post. The VTF provides preventative medicine, vaccinations, sick call, and health certificates for both interstate and international travel to animals by active duty and retired DOD service members, and their dependents.
See the following regulations regarding pets: