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United States Marine Corps
Distribution Management Office
602 Blvd DeFrance
Parris Island, SC 29905
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.
Licensing and Registration
Pets in this area need vaccinations yearly. Dogs should be tested for heartworms and placed on preventative medication year round. Rabies vaccinations (usually good for one to three years depending on the age of the animal) are required to be kept up to date.
South Carolina law requires that all dogs and cats be licensed. They must be 4 months old and be vaccinated against rabies. Licenses can be obtained at veterinary offices and the county court house.
All pets must be registered within 30 days of coming aboard base property. Registration is accomplished by bringing a current rabies vaccination certificate to the Veterinary Clinic, building 517A.
For additional information or specific questions, contact the Parris Island Veterinary Clinic at 843-228-3317.
There is no quarantine necessary for Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island.
There is no entitlement for the transportation of pets at government expense. Some spaces are usually available at additional cost on Air Mobility Command flights from overseas locations to CONUS.
There are no pet boarding facilities at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island. Contact the Parris Island Veterinary Clinic at 843-228-3317 for information regarding pet boarding facilities in the Beaufort area.
The Veterinary Treatment Facility is located in Building 517A, and can be reached at 843-228-3317 or DSN 312-335-3317. Services include routine checkups, microchipping, health certificates, medications and vaccinations.
The United States Marine Corps has set official policy on types of dogs allowed in installation housing and other rules surrounding pets on base. MCO P11000.22 provides guidance, requirements and restrictions regarding pets. For further information, contact the Military Housing Office at 843-228-2853 or DSN 312-335-2853.