Contact information for key programs and services at this installation.
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 pet 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 from the treasurer's office or substation locations. They are valid for one year, beginning January 1 and expire on December 31. Licenses for spayed dogs throughout Hampton Road cities run $4 to $7 and unspayed dogs run $10 to $25 depending on the city in which you register your dogs. The cities of Chesapeake, Norfolk and Virginia Beach require that all cats be licensed as well. A license for spayed cats is $4 and unspayed is $10. Dogs must be on a leash at all times while in public areas.
A maximum of two pets, dogs or cats, are permitted in government housing. Some breeds are not permitted in housing. Units without rear-fenced yards will not allow pets without prior permission from the housing authority. Barnyard or exotic pets including reptiles, ducks, rabbits, chickens and ferrets 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.
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 to/from Germany, Italy, Spain, Greece, Turkey, Panama, Newfoundland, the Azores, Guantanamo Bay, Japan and Guam. Pet shipment is limited to passengers in a permanent change of station 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 IATA-approved container for pet shipment, which is 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. Pet(s) 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(s) and cage combined varying from $125.00 - $375.00.
For information on booking flights with your pet(s), contact the Navy Personnel Transport Office: MAC Terminal Norfolk at 757-444-4118/4148. For general information on traveling with pet(s), contact the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, or your nearest military veterinary clinic: Norfolk Vet at 757-953-0350. OCONUS PCS Pet Travel Assistance is available through Navy Marine Corps Relief, $5,500 for up to two pets.
There are no pet quarantines in the state of Virginia for domestic pets, defined as cats and dogs. For quarantine requirements for all other animals or exotic animals, visit the United States Department of Agriculture website.
Looking for a hotel that will allow your pets to stay with you? Check with the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce or PetsWelcome website. Making arrangements for boarding your pets before you arrive will make the move less stressful on you as well as your pets. 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 and can vary from $25 to $50 per day and night. The following is a list of kennels nearby:
The veterinary treatment facility is professionally staffed and operated by Army Veterinary Corps personnel. For most overseas duty stations pets are required to have microchips installed. The VTF will install them for a small fee. 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, they regret that children 12 years of age and under 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 veterinary treatment facilities: