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Traffic Management Office-Outbound
1221 California Blvd
Bldg 11777, Ste C-103
Vandenberg SFB, CA 93437
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.
All military personnel must register their pets at the base veterinary clinic. Dogs and cats are required to have a current rabies vaccination (and distemper/parvo) and a certificate. The certificate should include the brand and lot number of the vaccine.
Registrations may be completed at any time during veterinary clinic office hours. You do not need to bring you pet into the clinic for registration.
Pets are not permitted to run loose on the installation. Anytime a pet is outside the confined, secured areas, it must be securely leashed and under the control of the owner or their representative.
Santa Barbara County requires that no dog is permitted upon a street or other public place unless on a leash and under the immediate care and control of the owner or other person having the care and custody, except during supervised dog training classes, shows or exhibitions held in city parks.
A person having possession, charge, custody or control of an off-leash dog must remain with the dog at all times, must clean up feces and bear full responsibility for filling any holes and repairing any damage created by the dog.
Personnel with horses may contact the Hoyt S. Vandenberg Saddle Club. The club is a 37-acre facility that includes 50 barns, a show arena, warmup arenas, a round pen, a clubhouse and easy access to miles of open trails on Vandenberg's north base.
The club is open to active duty, Defense Department employees and prime contractors assigned to or working on Vandenberg Space Force Base and their families. Military retirees are also welcome. Membership meetings are on the third Tuesday of each month.
Per base instruction 31-107, dogs and cats (a maximum of three per household in any combination) are allowed on base as well as birds, fish and common caged pets (guinea pigs, hamsters, gerbils, etc.). No exotic or wild animals are allowed (snakes, wolves or wolf hybrids, ferrets, etc.).
As of October 2006, Air Force Space Command established a policy to prohibit certain animals from military family housing.
AFSPC Animal Prohibition Policy
Animals Prohibited in Family Housing areas located on AFSPC bases:
Animals banned by state and federal laws:
Owners of any prohibited dog must have renter's insurance, which provides liability for the pet's actions and provides proof of insurance to the Housing Office. The amount of insurance must be at least $100,000.
The Relocation Assistance Program Office at the Vandenberg Space Force Base Military & Family Readiness Center can provide you with an information guide to help you prepare your pet for a PCS.
Because regulations and restrictions change, you or your sponsor can request the information from your Traffic Management Office prior to travel.
Some general tips include:
There are no pet quarantines at Vandenberg Space Force Base, California.
Boarding pets for an extended period can be expensive. Many off-base housing rentals don't allow pets and, if you have to rent off-base for two to six months, you may need to budget for kennel fees.
All kennels require proof of up-to-date shots or vaccines for distemper, parvovirus, rabies, Bordetella and the feline series.
It is recommended that you talk with kennel personnel before you decide where to board your pets. If you are arriving at night, make special arrangements with a kennel. The lodging department cannot give you nonavailability because of a pet.
Kennel prices for cats and dogs range from $17 to $35 per day, depending on the size, weight and breed. Contact the veterinary clinic, or check the Yellow Pages to find a local kennel.
Lompoc Boarding Facilities
Manglers Guest Ranch5322 E. Hwy. 246Lompoc, Calif. 93436Phone: 805-736-6952
River's Edge Pet Lodge1700 N. H St.Lompoc, Calif. 93436Phone: 805-740-1000Fax: 805-740-1120
Lompoc Veterinary Clinic1426 E. Ocean Ave.Lompoc, Calif. 93436Phone: 805-736-6555
Lucky Dog Pet Resort526 N. Oakglen AveNipomo, Ca 93444Phone: 805-929-5825
The Ruff Ranch
1553 Meadowvale roadSanta Ynez, CA 93460
The Veterinary Treatment Clinic at Vandenberg Space Force Base provides services to animals owned by active duty, retired service members, 100% disabled veterans, and dependents with a valid ID card. All new patients must register their pets in person prior to scheduling an appointment. Pets are seen by appointment only, no walk-ins or emergency services offered.
Veterinary appointments include wellness checks and limited diagnostic testing.
Other services offered are:
Testing and treatment for parasites
Health certificates for domestic and overseas travel
The veterinary clinic can be reached at 805-606-3019.