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United States Marine Corps
Distribution Management System
109 Lenoir Rd
PSC Box 8018
Cherry Point, NC 28533
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.
Base housing requires all pets be registered with the base Veterinary Treatment Facility and be current on rabies vaccinations. If you have health records from your present military or civilian community be sure to pick them up and bring them with you to Cherry Point. This will help the veterinarian verify any past health conditions. Veterinary services are available aboard the base. The facility, located in Bldg. 293 on 4th Avenue, adjacent to the mess hall, is open Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call 252-466-2166 or 252-466-2409.
Personnel and families arriving at MCAS Cherry Point should read ASO 10570.1R and become familiar with all local pet regulations. Currently, there are no quarantine requirements for pets arriving to the area; families are limited to 2 domestic animals; pets must be microchipped and have proof of current rabies vaccinations.
Additional Pet Travel Information: The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has very specific regulations for cages/crates used to transport animals interstate or internationally. Your pet must have room to turn freely while in a standing position and be able to use normal movements in order to stand erect or lie down in a natural position.
The cage/crate should be constructed of metal, wood, or heavy plastic of sufficient strength to withstand the rigorous handling it will receive while your animal is in transit.
A container of water should be secured to the inside of the cage positioned so that it can be filled without opening the cage.
Cages should be clearly marked "Live Animals and This End Up" in large letters with identification and destination secured to the outside of the cage.
Include a familiar blanket or toy. It will make your pet more comfortable and less frightened.
If you are shipping your pet to an overseas location it is very important that you contact the veterinarian to insure your pet meets all requirements for the new location you are being assigned to. Each country and state has varying requirements. Check with the Cherry Point veterinarian office as to the requirements to ship a pet to a specific area. Shipping requirements, and rabies shots vary depending upon the area the pet is to be shipped to. Some airlines will not ship pets in the summer months due to temperature so check with your airlines as well.
The Cherry Point Veterinarian Treatment Facility can be reached at 252.466.2166 and is located in building 293.
A quick online search will garner information on kennels near the installation. Pets must be licensed within 10 days of occupying government housing aboard Cherry Point. Contact the Cherry Point Veterinary Clinic for additional pet information. No quarantine required for incoming pets. They must be registered with the Station Veterinarian. Pets should not travel without some sort of identification on their collar, along with their rabies tag. The information should include your pet's name, your name, address, and telephone number.
Most veterinarians who provide boarding services include food in their boarding costs and require a copy of pet shot records.
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 MCO 11000.22 before you plan your move, if you plan to live in government housing.