Military working dogs at a funeral, Arlington National Cemetery

Pet Policy

With the exception of service animals, pets are not allowed on cemetery grounds.

The primary mission of Arlington National Cemetery is to lay to rest those who have served the United States with dignity and honor. While we know that pet owners intend no disrespect to veterans and military families, non-service-related animals on cemetery grounds have impacted the decorum of funeral services and ceremonies at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. This policy was deemed necessary to alleviate these impacts, so that Arlington National Cemetery can provide a respectful and contemplative space for all guests.

The policy does not pertain to approved service animals or military working dogs.

We thank you for your understanding and adherence to this policy.