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Department of the Air Force
Traffic Management Office (TMO)
229 Brookley Avenue
Washington, DC 20032
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.
You need to arrange for your pet's transportation needs with the same care and attention you put into your other moving plans. Your pets are, after all, part of your family. Make sure your pets have current rabies tags and identification information on their collars. Keep a current photo of your pet with you in the event your pet is lost. Your name, address and phone number (or a point of contact) should be on your pet and in the carrier.
If you are traveling by plane, make reservations as soon as possible. You will need an approved airline carrier which you may purchase at most military exchanges and pet stores. Begin coordinating with the airlines early so you know exactly what they require. Always keep in mind that shipping pets on an airline may be restricted during certain parts of the year, such as during extreme cold or warm weather periods. Each airline carrier has its own rules regarding this issue. Let the airline know you are in the military, as some airlines may offer a discount on your pet fare charges.
Remember that pets are accepted at the Gateway Inn on a limited basis, so there might be a possibility you will need to find a kennel. Make sure to ask about your pet when you make your reservations. There are a multitude of pet boarding facilities available in the National Capital Region. Charges are subject to change, so contact the facility for current fee information.
While there isn't a veterinary clinic on Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, there is one located just eight miles away on Andrews Air Force Base. Andrews Air Force Base Veterinary Treatment Facility is professionally staffed by Army Veterinary Corps personnel. You may reach the clinic by calling 240 857-2651 or visiting their website for more information.
All dogs and cats in the National Capital Region are required to be immunized against rabies and to be registered annually.