Transportation to Base
Once you arrive at the airport in Italy with your pet, you will be faced with getting your pet to Caserma Ederle. The base provides a free shuttle bus that runs regularly throughout the day, but unfortunately larger animals will not be able to ride on it.
The shuttle is contracted through and Italian company and their rules are that pets cannot go underneath the bus in the cargo area (for good reasons – exhaust fumes, anyone?). The rules also state that pets cannot go inside the bus unless they can be inside their crate and fit on or underneath the seats. Unless you have a cat or a cat-sized dog, it is unlikely that your pet will be able to ride.
If you know you will need help transporting your pet, please contact us well in advance. The more time we have to plan, the more likely we will be able to help you get your pet to Vicenza. We’ve written it over and over, but here it is again – we are volunteers! We want to help you, but we can’t jump to anyone’s aid without notice.
Arriving at Caserma Ederle
Registering Your Pet
Phew, you got your pet to Vicenza! But you’re not quite done yet. You’re still required to register your pet with the military veterinarian within 10 days of arrival. The Vicenza veterinary treatment facility is on a small satellite base on the opposite side of town, so you’re probably going to need a ride. We can help! Luckily, you don’t need to bring your pets to register them, only their documents (including proof of current vaccinations).
Since it’s much easier for us to transport one person than a combination of people and crates and pets, we don’t need as much warning to help out with this kind of thing. Let us know if you need help we can coordinate a ride for you.
Another part of registering your pets is getting them their Pet Passports. Your pets will need these to cross borders out of Italy, including going back to the U.S.! While it is not necessary to get it immediately, do NOT wait until you’re going back to the States. They do not expire and out-processing can be a very hectic time, so you won’t want to have to do it at the last minute. Please see our blog entry about the Pet Passport, where you can find instructions for getting one.