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Household Goods/Transportation Office (outbound)
Yuma, AZ 85365-9498
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.
The Humane Society of Yuma recommends all pets are current on rabies and distemper (Da2PPV for dog, FVRCP for cat) vaccines prior to arrival to Yuma. Other vaccines may be recommended based on the lifestyle of your pet (i.e., – lepto virus, coronavirus, rattlesnake vaccine).
Pets residing on YPG must be registered with the YPG Veterinary Treatment Facility within 10 days of arrival. Currently there is no mandatory requirement for microchipping your pet; however, this is strongly encouraged because it is the only way to ensure your pet can be identified if lost on post.
All dogs must be licensed/registered with the City of Yuma (City Hall) or The Humane Society of Yuma, depending on where you live. This must be done within 30 days of arrival by contacting the Yuma County Humane Society, 4050 S. Avenue 4 ½ E, Yuma, AZ 85365, 928-782-1621 or at One City Plaza. YPG families can register their pet(s) through the humane society website and the humane society will mail them the pet license. In order to receive a license for your pet, you must provide a copy of a rabies certificate.
Cats are only required to be licensed if they live within city limits. More information may be found at: https://www.yumaaz.gov/government/yuma-police-department/animal-control-services/pet-licenses.
When traveling with a pet, always make sure that their vaccinations are up to date and that you have a copy of their records and a month's supply of any medications that they are taking. Air travel with pets requires not only up to date rabies vaccinations, but a health certificate signed by a veterinarian within 10 days of travel. The type of health certificate may vary depending on airline - contact your ticket agent for details. If you are on PCS orders overseas, additional requirements exist for Hawaii and Japan. Other restrictions may apply depending on the country's import regulations for where you are traveling. Please contact us or visit the USDA Aphis website for more information on CONUS to OCONUS pet travel. The CDC's temporary suspension for dogs entering the United States from high-risk countries for dog rabies implemented in July 2021 will be extended until July 31, 2024; all current requirements will remain in place. Effective March 1, 2023, new documentation requirements will go into effect for all dogs imported from high-risk rabies countries that have been vaccinated for rabies in a foreign country. Learn more on CDC.gov.
Dogs and cats
Arizona does not have quarantine requirements for dogs and cats that travel. If a dog or cat bites someone, proof of a current rabies vaccination is required in order to avoid euthanizing the biting animal. All bite incidents (animal to human) generally receive a 10-day in-home quarantine.
YPG Housing does not allow exotic pets on base. Please call the Desert Oasis Housing Community at 928-329-9014 for more information.
The YPG Veterinary Treatment Facility cannot officially recommend boarding facilities. It is best to visit the boarding facilities in person in order to make an informed decision.
The Yuma Proving Ground Veterinary Treatment Facility is located at building 226 on First Street. Animals are seen by appointment only. To schedule an appointment for either location please call 928-328-2064. Pet owners must show proof of DOD service (active duty, retired military, or dependent) to receive care at the veterinary treatment facility.
The veterinary section also operates a clinic at the Marine Corps Air Station Yuma VTF with appointments made through our normal YPG clinic number. However, due to ongoing lack of computer and telephone connectivity, appointments at that location are suspended until further notice. We recommend that you have a relationship with a civilian veterinarian to maintain continuity of care for your pets. A list of civilian veterinarians in Yuma are available at the VTF.