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 Fort Irwin Pet Registration Requirements

All animals that are kept as pets on post need to be registered with the post veterinary services.  For dogs and cats there is a MANDATORY MICROCHIPPING POLICY.  A microchip is a small computer chip inserted under the skin with a syringe and requires no anesthesia (i.e. it can be given like a shot).  The chip carries a number which acts as an electronic I.D. tag which can be traced back to the owner.  Either AVID brand or HOME AGAIN brand chips are acceptable.  This policy is the result of the immense stray animal problem on post.

If your pet already has a microchip, please bring the following information to the Vet Clinic during normal business hours to register your pet: microchip number, vaccine history and patient records, and your military ID card.
If you do not have a microchip, please set up an appointment and bring the above information with you when you come.

Regulations specific to the number and breeds of animals permitted on is available in the post housing regulations.

Pet Policy for Privatized Housing Under the Army's Residential Communities Initiative (RCI) Privatization Program

1. Tenants of RCI privatized housing on Army installations must adhere to the following requirements: a) Comply with all applicable state, federal and local laws and all installation specific requirements associated with the ownership, registration, control, and vaccination of pets. b) May not board in privatized housing any dog of a breed (including a mixed breed) that is deemed "aggressive or potentially aggressive" unless the dog is a certified military working dog that is being boarded by its handler/trainer. For purposes of this policy, aggressive or potentially aggressive breeds of dogs are defined as Pit Bulls (American Staffordshire Bull Terriers or English Staffordshire Bull Terriers), Rottweilers, Doberman Pinschers, Chows, and wolf hybrids. Prohibition also extends to other dogs that demonstrate a propensity for dominant or aggressive behavior as indicated by any of the following types of conduct: (1) Unprovoked barking, growling, or snarling at people approaching the animal; (2) Aggressively running along fence lines when people are present; (3) Biting or scratching people; (4) Escaping confinement or restriction to chase people  c) May not board in privatized housing exotic animals such as, but not limited to reptiles, rodents (other than hamsters and guinea pigs), ferrets, hedgehogs, skunks, rats, raccoons, squirrels, pot bellied pigs, monkeys, arachnids, or any farm animal. 

2. Project Owners maintain the authority to: a) Determine additional requirements for tenant liability insurance. b) Terminate tenant lease for failure to remove aggressive or unruly pets. c) Assess pet deposits/additional charges for damages that exceed deposit amount. d) Grant exceptions to this Pet Policy, after validation from HQDA that the exception does not conflict with existing Army policy for installations.

3. This policy is effective immediately. Tenants of privatized housing that are currently boarding pets prohibited by this policy may continue to board the pet until they vacate privatized on-post housing unless the pet demonstrates a propensity for dominant or aggressive behavior as indicated in item 1 b.

Purpose is to forward the Pet Policy for privatized housing as developed by the Privatization Partners, for tenants in RCI Housing developments. This policy is in response to the Army's request for standardization regarding pets in privatized housing. It takes into consideration the safety, welfare and quiet enjoyment of all residents in privatized housing and was developed with input from current residents, Garrisons and this Headquarters.  12/2008

Fort Irwin Vet services point of contact, (760) 380-3025.



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