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United States Navy
Personal Property Office Regional (Household Goods)
7920 14th Street
Personnel Support Mall Building 336
Norfolk, VA 23505-1209
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.
In order to obtain a dog license for your dog/s in one of the Hampton Roads cities, a current rabies certificate is required. Additionally, documentation that your animal has been spayed or neutered is required in order to receive the reduced rate for a dog license. Licenses are purchased annually. They are valid for one year, beginning January 1 and expiring on December 31. Licenses for spayed dogs throughout Hampton Roads cities run $5 to $7 and dogs not spayed run $10 to $25 depending on the city in which you register your dog/s. The cities of Norfolk and Virginia Beach require that all cats be licensed as well. A license for spayed cat/s is $5 and not spayed is $10. Dogs must be on a leash at all times while in public areas.
There is a maximum of two pets (dogs or cats) permitted in government housing. Designated streets or units at Midway Manor do not allow pets. Units without rear fenced yards will not be allowed pets without prior permission from the Housing Authority. Barnyard or exotic pets (reptiles, ducks, rabbits, chickens, ferrets, etc.) are not allowed.
Airlines have various animal transport rules. If traveling by a civilian air carrier, please check with the airline well in advance of travel. A few airlines are listed below:
For the health and safety of your animal(s) during periods of extreme temperatures, please consider these guidelines. The optimum temperature range for transporting most warm-blooded animals, including birds, is between 45 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit. Most civilian airlines will not transport your animal(s) if the actual or forecasted temperature exceeds 85 degrees Fahrenheit at any city on the routing.
Air Mobility Command charter flights now ship pets on most of their flights as part of the normal service to DOD passengers. This service is provided by AMC to/from Germany, Italy, Spain, Greece, Turkey, Panama, Newfoundland, the Azores, Guantanamo Bay, Japan and Guam. Pet shipment is limited to passengers in a PCS status only. Pets are defined as dogs and cats and restricted to a maximum of two pets per family.
There are limited pet spaces on all flights and reservations are handled on a first-come, first-served basis through the local transportation office. The passenger must provide an International Air Transport Association-approved container for pet shipment. IATA-approved containers are available at many exchanges or retail stores. The passenger is also responsible for complying with all required documentation, immunizations and border clearance requirements, and should be prepared to defray any associated costs. Pets accompanying service or family members on the flight must be in a hard-sided cage that conforms to specified measurement. Fees associated with shipping pets are based on the weight of the animal and cage combined: 70 lbs. or less is $90.00, 71-140 is $180.00 and 141-150 is $270.00.
For information on booking flights with your pets, contact the Navy Personnel Transport Office. For general information on traveling with pets, contact the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals or your nearest military veterinary clinic.
Please check with airlines for current changes and restrictions.
There are no pet quarantines in the state of Virginia for domestic pets (cats and dogs). For quarantine requirements for all other animals or exotic animals, visit the USDA website.
Looking for a hotel that will allow your pet/s to stay with you? Check with the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce or PetsWelcome. Making arrangements for boarding your pet/s before you arrive will make the move less stressful on you as well as your pet/s. Keep in mind that military installations in the Hampton Roads area do not have boarding facilities. The cost of boarding your pet will be determined by the weight of the animal. The average cost for animals 50 pounds or less is $17 per night and animals over 50 pounds range from $18 to $40 per night. The following is a list of kennels nearby:
Please contact site for updates price changes or restrictions.
The veterinary treatment facility is professionally staffed and operated by the Army Veterinary Corps personnel. For most overseas duty stations pets are required to have microchips implanted. The VTF's will install them for a fee of $25. Services are provided for: active duty, retired active-duty personnel, their dependents, and reservists serving on active duty. All services except over-the-counter purchases are made by appointment only.
The VTF offers the following services for small animals:
Due to the small waiting room and mixed animal population awaiting services, children have a high risk of being injured. For this reason, children 12 years of age and younger will not be permitted in the facility while vaccination and sick-call clinics are being held. Dogs must be on a leash, however, cats and other small animals must be in a cage or carrier at all times in the facility.
Local area VTFs: