Dogs, cats, fish and small birds are the only animals authorized in government quarters aboard base. All dogs and cats, regardless of age, must be registered with the Base Veterinary Clinic, Building 25132, within 30 days of arrival to Camp Pendleton.
To register an animal, the owner must present valid shot records for rabies and vaccinations, if the animal is old enough to get the rabies shot. If the pet has been spayed or neutered within six months of registration, a free one-year license can be obtained. Vaccinations are available through the Base Veterinary Clinic.
The California Department of Health Services requires all dogs over 4 months old to have a certificate of current rabies vaccination stating the type, manufacturer and lot number of rabies vaccine used and date of administration. All cities and counties in California have dog control ordinances. It is strongly recommended that all cats are rabies-immunized. Cats, birds and rabbits must be healthy for admittance into the state. Parakeets may not be brought into the state for the purpose of sale. Pet ferrets are prohibited in California.
Per MCO P11000.22 Ch. 6, full or mixed breeds of pit bulls, Rottweilers and canid/wolf hybrids are prohibited aboard Marine Corps installations.
For information on vaccinations, pet regulations, adoptions or requests for animal control service, contact the Base Veterinary Clinic at 760-725-3439. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
Houseplants in potting soil that are kept inside at all times are usually permissible into California, except fruit plants. All houseplants are subject to inspection at the state border for freedom of serious disease and pests. Outdoor plants are usually not admissible. Some plants are specific carriers of plant diseases and are restricted by plant quarantines. No plants are admissible from Florida; Long Island, New York; and Hidalgo and Cameron counties in Texas, due to certain infestations. For additional information contact: California Department of Food Agriculture, Division of Plant, Health and Pest Prevention Services, 1220 N St., Room A-372, Sacramento, CA 95814, or call 916-653-1440.