Fort Belvoir has long recognized the need for Soldiers and families going on vacation or TDY to have somewhere they could leave their pets. After more than five years of planning, construction will soon begin on the 5,100-square-foot Pet Care Center, with operation beginning as soon as February.

At the groundbreaking ceremony at 29th and Warren Street, behind the Belvoir Thrift Store, Fort Belvoir Garrison Commander, Col. Michael Greenberg, said this shows the continued commitment in making the lives of Soldiers and families better.

“The pet care facility will not only offer housing for your pets,” Greenberg said, “but will also make available grooming and other add-on services, including nail trimming and VIP services, allowing extra one-on-one interaction with your pet.”

He also noted that these are not just pets, but family members for many people.

The pet care center will also have a 3,900-square-foot outdoor area to incorporate play and exercise into your pet’s day during their stay.

Belvoir’s DFMWR will manage the center and hopes to hire a facility manager in the next 3 months. Once it opens, officials expect to add four more MWR positions for daily operations.

“Having that peace of mind in knowing that my pets are in a safe and healthy environment here on Fort Belvoir is priceless,” Greenberg said.