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United States Army
3401 Santiago Avenue
Building 3401, Santiago Avenue, First Floor Room 118
Fort Wainwright, AK 99703
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.
Appointments are available Monday through Friday based on provider availability. You can reach the Veterinary Treatment Facility at 907-361-3013.
All pets (except small caged birds, mammals and fish) which are maintained in government quarters must be registered within three working days in accordance with USAG-Alaska Regulations 210-11. No appointment is necessary to register pets at the VTF. Bring a copy of your pet’s vaccination records during normal business hours and the staff will issue your paperwork.
If you take the time to plan in advance for the care of your pets and the additional expense that you will incur as a result, your move will be much easier for the whole family, especially the furry ones!
Pets must have a current health certificate that identifies the pet and states the dog/cat has been vaccinated against rabies. Call your post veterinary clinic or local community veterinarian for this certificate.
It can get cold here, so please remember this when making plans to bring your pets to Alaska. There are very strict guidelines and safety precautions to consider. If you are coming from a warm climate with a large dog that spends most or all of its time outside, the transition may be hard on everyone. 9It is dangerous to leave any pet outside for extended time periods in the extreme temperatures that we often experience here.
You should be aware that many airlines restrict pet shipment due to extreme temperatures. Most will not fly a pet if it is more than 85 degrees or less than 20 degrees at any point of your trip. This covers a great deal of the year in Fairbanks so be sure to call in advance to ensure that your pets will be able to accompany you at the time that you are traveling. Also, be advised that airlines require that all animals have current vaccinations and a vet issued health certificate. The cost and availability will vary from one airline to another so do your homework.
If you are planning to drive to Alaska with a pet be aware that you will be required to present shot records and health certificates at the Canadian border. You may also want to call ahead and ensure that you can find lodging along the way that will permit pets. Most places will require an additional security deposit and charge a higher rate for pets.
The Alaska Marine Highway System does permit pets on board, however there are restrictions. You must have a health certificate within 30 days of travel and there is a $25 fee charged per animal. Animals must be cared for by their owners and must remain on the car deck, inside the car or in a kennel. Owners may visit pets only when the vessel is in port, as passengers are not permitted on the car deck once underway.
There are very limited pet rooms available in on-post billeting (IHG). Reservations at IHG should be made as far in advance as possible. Please call 907 370-0951. (120 days are allowed for inbound personnel). There is a refundable $100 deposit required in addition to a fee of $10 per pet, per night that must be paid in advance in ten-day increments. You will be limited to two pets in a room. As per post policy, no pet is allowed to be left tied to or inside of a vehicle. All pets must be secured in a kennel when the owner is not present in the room. Animals must be taken toward the woodline to potty, regardless of weather conditions. Anyone who is caught with a pet in a room that is not authorized to have animals will be fined $100 and charged the additional pet fee for the days that they have stayed up to that point.
There is a list of off-post kennels available at the reception desk for those who wish to board their pets elsewhere or go to the yellowpages website and enter Kennels in Fairbanks or North Pole, Alaska. This option is usually less costly. We recommend that you visit any facility before you board your pet.
Shot record requirements may vary between each individual kennel. The Fort Wainwright Veterinary Treatment Facility can provide health certificates, immunizations and other minimum services, so call or stop by their office for more information and to check availability. Most services for pets are also available in the local community. You may refer to the yellowpages website for local veterinarians.
There are strict limitations on the importation and keeping of wild animals as pets. Contact the U.S. Department of Agriculture or State Department of Agriculture when attempting to move Parrots and other birds into or through Canada. There are no quarantines for domestic animals such as dogs and cats coming into Alaska. You must have the normal Veterinary Health Certificate before you can ship your pet by air or transport by auto into Canada. Pet transportation is by air or ground only and at owners expense. The Army will not reimburse you the cost of transporting or boarding pets or the additional cost for lodging! These expenses are out of your pocket! For this reason, you may want to consider leaving your pet with friends or family until you are settled in and can send for them.
The Fort Wainwright Veterinary Treatment Facility (VTF) is authorized to treat any privately owned pets. Animals can be seen for sick call as well as routine check-ups. The VTF provides most vaccinations, health certificates, microchips and minor sick calls. They offer routine vaccinations and physical exams, neuters, spays, simple surgeries, health certificates for travel, deworming, laboratory services, and medical care. Please call the VTF at 907-361-3013.
Due to the extreme cold weather in Alaska, many pets are not authorized to live outdoors year round. If you live on post and plan to leave your animal outside, you must obtain a Cold Weather Certificate from the VTF. This certifies what temperature the animal can safely withstand outside. Please contact your airlines as soon as possible to inquire if your pets are allowed to travel with you or in the cargo area.