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United States Marine Corps
Distribution Management Office (DMO)
1555 Southgate Road
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.
Dogs over four months old must be licensed annually and vaccinated against rabies. Dog licenses will be sold only upon presentation of a certificate that the dog has been inoculated against rabies by a licensed veterinarian. Dog licenses cost $5.00 per year for spayed/neutered animals and $10.00 for fertile animals. To obtain a $5.00 license, certification must be provided that the animal has been spayed/neutered by a veterinarian or is infertile. All dogs must have a license tag securely attached to a collar and worn whenever the dog is off the owner's property.
Cats over four months old must be inoculated against rabies but are not required to be licensed. Licensing of cats is not required; however, the wearing of an identification tag on a safety collar is recommended.
Prince William County
All dogs four months of age or older must be licensed each year by January 31st. The fee is $5.00 per dog. A current rabies vaccination certificate must be shown for each dog to be licensed. Persons moving into the County must comply with the license requirements at that time.
Cats four months of age or older must have a current rabies vaccination.
Once you have decided that an animal is going to be your traveling companion, plan for your pet's trip in the same way you plan your own. Make sure your pet is healthy and strong enough to travel. Think about the changes your pet will face in its new home. Is there enough space for exercising? How does your pet adjust to new people or strange places? If you are flying with your pet, make sure the crate has a label with the pet's name, your name, address, phone number, and the destination address. You will also want to ensure the cage has any special instructions. Also, make sure your pet has proper identification tags. The information should include your pet's name, your name, address and phone number.
There is no quarantine for pets arriving from overseas locations as long as the owner provides a valid veterinarian's certificate that states the pet has no diseases and current rabies inoculations.
It is a good idea to make advanced reservations for pet boarding as soon as you know your arrival date. This is an area where your sponsor can be of assistance. If you will be staying in temporary lodging, please remember that the Fort Belvoir Lodging does not accept pets of any kind. Also, many local hotels require an extra deposit if you are staying with a pet.
There are many pet kennels in this area, however, the following kennels are those closest to Fort Belvoir. To obtain a more exhaustive list, please consult the Northern Virginia Yellow Pages.
The cost to board a cat ranges from $10-20/day. To board a dog, the cost can be $15-28/day. For pets other than cats and dogs, please contact the kennel to determine if they will accept your pet.
The United States Marine Corps has set official policy on types of dogs allowed in installation housing and other rules surrounding pets on base. You must read this policy before you plan your move, if you plan to live in privitized housing.
All animals are seen by appointment only. Clients may call for an appointment. Routine services include vaccinations of dogs and cats, heartworm testing, feline leukemia virus testing, and health certification. There is a small service charge added to the total cost of every cash transaction as required by the Treasury Department.
The Veterinary Clinic also runs a stray/homeless facility. Stop by and check the photo board located in the waiting area.