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United States Marine Corps
Distribution Management System
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 Clinic 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 vet verify your pets past health conditions. Veterinary Services are available aboard the base, Mon - Fri 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. For more information call 252-466-2166 or 466-2409.
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.
There are no quarantine requirements at Cherry Point; however, 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.
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.