Fort Riley Community


Ft Riley Health Care Pets



The Fort Riley Veterinary Treatment Facility is professionally staffed by U.S. Army Veterinary Command personnel and NAF employees. The VTF provides preventive medicine, vaccinations, sick call and health certificates for both interstate and international travel to animals of active-duty and retired DOD service members and their dependents. Reservists called to active duty for 180 days or more may receive services from the VTF. Clients must show a valid military ID card before services are rendered.

The Fort Riley VTF is in Building 226 on Custer Avenue on Main Post. Animals are seen by appointment only for vaccinations, microchips, minor sick calls and health certificates. VTF does not offer surgical (to include spay or neuter) or dental services.

The VTF is open 8 to 11 a.m. and noon to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday for appointments, to register pets and to purchase products. For pet registration, owners should bring in their pet’s medical records. Please call 785-239-3886 or 785-240-0307 to make an appointment. The VTF is dedicated to providing you, your family and any retired personnel with the best veterinary care possible.

The Stray Animal Facility is at Building 226 on Custer Avenue on Main Post and is open to the public for viewing of available animals and adoptions. Hours are noon to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Proof of a paid pet deposit from Picerne housing is required for Fort Riley residents to adopt from the facility. If you have any questions, call 785-239-6183.

For Fort Riley’s banned dog breed policy and pet licensing and registration information, please see the Housing section of this guide.


Shipping Pets

Planning for shipment of your pet includes researching airline requirements and quarantine and restriction laws in your new location. You will need to ask the airlines the requirements for size, weight, number of animals, kennel construction, documentation and season limitations.


Before you move with your pet, make sure the animal can live in government quarters or in the local community. When possible, make advance reservations for pet boarding as soon as you know your arrival date. At present, horses are the only animals that must be quarantined on the installation. A brief list of kennels in the area is included. Perform an internet search to find more available options. When traveling, lodging can be an issue for your pet. When you make reservations for temporary lodging at Fort Riley, ask about the guest housing pet facilities. When staying in a hotel, motel or inn, call in advance to see if pets are welcome. Make reservations in advance by contacting the lodging facility at your destination point for your pet.

The following is a current list of possible kennels available in the community:

Flint Hills Veterinary Hospital

2206 Prospect Circle

Howl-a-Dayz Inn

925 Enoch Lane

Junction City Animal Care Clinic

106 N. Eisenhower Ave.

Little Apple Veterinary Clinic

525 Richards Drive

Manhattan Blue Hills Animal Hospital

2313 Tuttle Creek Blvd.

RC Kennels

310 Kennel Place

Wildcat Pet Resort

2720 Amherst St.

Pet Travel

When traveling with your pet, make plans well in advance. Check with your local veterinarian for up-to-date information and helpful hints. Arrange to hand carry any veterinarian and vaccination records with you. If you are traveling by air with a pet, consult the airline or a military veterinarian. Be aware that the Army does not pay to have your pets transported. Even though they are an important part of your family, they are not listed on your orders and the Army does not “sponsor” their travel. Introduce your pet to vehicles and carriers prior to leaving.

• Take your pet’s food and water, blanket
and toy.
• Cats need a litter box, dogs need frequent stops.
• Avoid leaving your pet loose in the car.
• Check your pet frequently for hunger, thirst or exhaustion.
• Plan frequent stops at safe locations away from busy traffic areas, if possible.
• Never leave your pet alone in the car; it is against the law in some states. In the summer, a few minutes in the shade can exceed 120 degrees. In the winter, cars can become freezers in a few minutes.

Registration of Pets

Registration of pets is required 10 days after your move onto the installation. Your pet(s) can be registered at the vet services office on post. All pets residing on Fort Riley are required to be microchipped and current on rabies vaccinations. These services are at the owner’s expense and an appointment is required for these services. For more information, visit veterinary services on Main Post at 226 Custer Ave. or call 785-239-3886 or 785-240-0307.

Banned Pets

According to Fort Riley Garrison Policy #15, Sept. 27, 2018, Pet Control and Disease Prevention, Soldiers and family members residing in barracks or privatized housing on Fort Riley may not board 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 or trainer. 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. Any such breed residing on Fort Riley and registered with the Fort Riley Veterinary Treatment Facility prior to Oct. 1, 2008, is allowed to remain in on-post housing providing all regulations described herein are strictly adhered to. See Fort Riley Garrison Policy memorandum #15, Sept. 27, 2018

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