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Defense Logistics Agency
Transportation Management Office – Personal Property Branch (outbound)
6501 E. Eleven Mile Road
Building 232, Room 105
Warren, MI 48397-5000
586-282-7826 / 5528
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.
According to the State of Michigan's Department of Agriculture website, there are no quarantines for pets arriving from overseas locations as long as the owner provides a vaccination record by a licensed veterinarian within one or three years according to vaccine label directions and an official interstate health certificate or official certificate of veterinary inspection. Certificate is valid for 30 days and airline certificates are valid for 10 days. Puppies less than 12 weeks of age from a rabies quarantined area are not allowed entry.
Information regarding farm animals and other pets, as well as information on bringing your pet into Michigan, can be found on the Department of Agriculture's website.
Vaccinations, Licensing and Registration
All of the lower Michigan counties require dog licenses and Battle Creek requires cat licenses. To obtain a license, documentation of a current rabies certificate and proof of spaying or neutering must be provided. For more information in the Battle Creek area, call the City Clerk's Office at 269-966-3348. Please review the Calhoun County website for further information.
Plan for your pet's trip in the same way you plan your own, way in advance. A clean bill of health is an important first step in assuring your pet's ability to adjust safely 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.
Make sure your pet has a special identification tag with your pet's name, your name and a destination address or that of a friend or a relative. Traveling by car is sometimes the most humane way to go since you can plan regular stops for exercise and feeding. Take along your pet's food and water bowls, blanket or bedding and a favorite toy to give them a touch of home.
If your pet travels with you, keep your pet on a leash when outside your car or hotel. If you plan to stay in a hotel or motel, call in advance to see if pets are allowed before you make reservations. If you plan to board your pet at your destination point, reservations are also necessary, especially during the heavy travel periods of holidays and summers.
Never leave your pet alone in a parked car. In summer, it takes only minutes for the heat to climb to more than 120 degrees, even in the shade. In winter, closed cars become refrigerators and the cold can be as dangerous as summer heat. Traveling by air is another option for transporting pets. The carrier in which your pet will be spending most of their trip is of the utmost importance. Your pet must have room to turn freely while in a standing position and be able to use normal movements in order to stand upright or lie down in a natural position. A container for water should be secured to the inside of the carrier positioned so that it can be filled without opening the cage. A drip bottle is highly recommended. Also, include a familiar blanket or favorite toy inside the carrier.
According to federal regulations, an airline cannot accept an animal from its owner unless:
Pet owners often prefer to have their pets in the cabin section with them. Generally, each airline has specific rules for taking pets on flights. Look at the individual website for the airline you're flying. The airline typically requires paperwork for a service animal or support animal to be completed before a pet can fly with you.
If your pet travels in the cargo section, extra care must be taken prior to boarding and after landing which will minimize the difficulties your pet may face while out of your stewardship. Purchasing the proper carrier, arranging for non-stop, direct flights and making sure that someone is in the baggage area when your pet arrives are safeguards that you can take to ensure your pet's safe transportation.
For smaller pets such as birds, hamsters, gerbils and tropical fish, consider sending them by air express. Airline freight departments or pet stores can supply shipping containers. Tropical fish should be packed by a local pet shop specializing in tropical fish.
Air Mobility Command charters will ship only dogs and cats at the owner's expense and is limited to charter passengers in a permanent change of station status. The limit is two pets per family and waivers are required for more than two pets. There is also a weight limit of 99 pounds, including the cage or shipping container. Owners are responsible for the preparation and care of their animals and satisfying all documentation, immunization and border clearance requirements including quarantines. The shipping container used must be approved by the International Air Transport Association, be large enough for normal body movements and for the pet to stand up, turn around and lie down comfortably. A small pet can travel in the charter aircraft cabin with special permission from AMC, but it must be in a hard-shell kennel not exceeding 20" X 16" X 8". Passengers must make arrangements two or three months before they are scheduled to move. Permanent change of station passengers can contact AMC to book their dogs and cats on the AMC Patriot Express Flight.
Shipment of pets is at the expense of the pet owner and not the government. If you would like your pet to travel on the same airline flight as you and your family, make arrangements with the airline as soon as you have your flight information. If you are unable to schedule your pet to travel on the same flight and need a list of companies that will board your pet, arrange for a separate flight and deliver your pet to the airlines for shipment, contact the Family Advocacy Program Manager at 269-961-4051.
Boarding in the Battle Creek area for dogs and cats varies. Multiple pet rates are available at some kennels. Most kennels require proof of vaccinations to include Kennel Cough.
Below is an article that explains what to look for when deciding to board your pets. The article was written by a veterinarian taken from the Southwest Animal Emergency and Surgical Referral Hospital, Kalamazoo, MI website:
10 Things You Should Do Before You Board Your Pet
Here is a checklist of 10 important steps to consider before boarding your pet. Consideration of each of these items will help you and your pet have a good boarding experience.
If you need assistance with boarding your pets, call the Family Advocacy Program Manager at 269-961-4051.
This installation does not have a veterinary clinic. For information about shipping pets, go to www.preciouspetstransport.com for transportation of your pets. For information on pet friendly hotels, restaurants and other services go to www.bringfido.com.