The JBLM Veterinary Treatment Facility is professionally staffed by Army Veterinary Corps personnel with the primary mission of providing complete veterinary care for all government-owned animals. Staff members understand how important pets are to service members and their families, and with that in mind, they offer many types of routine care services for the pets of military families. All pets living on JBLM must be registered with the VTF upon arrival. Requirements for pets in base housing include: proof of current rabies vaccination, microchip and a DAPP vaccination for dogs or a FVRCP vaccination for cats.
Regulations at JBLM state that owners must control their pets in such a manner as to prevent them from becoming a nuisance to other members of the installation. Control is defined as control by leash or positive voice control. The dog parks are available to all authorized DoD ID card holders to use, and can not be rented out for private use. Please clean up after your pets.
Pets are allowed at some base housing areas. Be sure to let your housing office know ahead of time that you have a pet. You will need to register your pet with the housing office and follow the community policies with regards to the number of pets, weight and breed restrictions, pet security deposit and the care of your pet.
Pet boarding on base
JBLM has contracted with The Pet Brigade to provide pet boarding services. The phone number is 253-912-4898.
Prohibited Dog Breeds on JBLM
Certain dog breeds are not allowed on Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Per Army policy, no one can bring any dog breed (including mixed breeds) on base deemed aggressive/dangerous or potentially aggressive or dangerous. Dog breeds prohibited on JBLM are:
- Pit Bull (American Staffordshire Bull Terrier or English Staffordshire Bull Terrier)
- Doberman Pinscher
- Wolf hybrids
This policy applies to dogs owned by service members, military family members, government employees, contractors and all visitors to JBLM. An exception on JBLM has been granted for prohibited breeds that are:
- Certified support or service dogs
- Military working dogs being boarded by its handlers
- A prohibited dog breed being taken to an appointment with an on-base veterinarian. Dog must be muzzled at all times on JBLM.
This policy extends to other dogs, as well as certified support or service dogs, that demonstrate a propensity for dominant or aggressive or dangerous behavior, as indicated by any of the following types of conduct:
- Unprovoked barking, growling or snarling when people are present
- Aggressively running along fence lines when people are present
- Biting or scratching people, or attacking other pets
- Escaping confinement or restriction to chase people