To fly our dogs in from atlanta to Rome was $900 per dog. We had two dogs so it was 1800 total. This was cargo which does cost more, however there was not enough room on the mac flight to fly our dogs and we could not send them as shipped baggage so we had to use cargo. If you fly your animal with you as checked baggage, it usually does not cost as much.
However, when i was shipping dogs as checked baggage in the states it would cost anywhere from $250 - $500 for one dog and that was WITHIN the US.
Plus you also need to think about when you leave, you may need to board your animals both here in naples and at your next destination as well. You may need to board your animals until you find a place to live that accepts your animals. This is another thing that can be very costly.
Right now we are budgeting $2000 per animal that we own for flights (in case we can not get on the Mac flight again) for paperwork (health certificates, shots etc) for boarding (in case it takes a while to find a new home) and for new kennels that are about $100 a piece. If we end up not spending all the money we have saved for the dogs, the money then goes into out savings account for when we buy a home. Either way i will have enough money for my dogs saved, even if we get orders sooner than expected.
These are things that you MUST take into consideration BEFORE you get the animals. And you need to consider BREEDS as well. Owning certian breeds means you can not take certain orders, you may not be able to live on certain bases and you may have a harder time finding a home to rent or buy due to local laws or housing asscoiation rules.
If you are not willing to make sacrifices for your animals, then do not get one.
And yes, i have a BIG issue for those people that leave their dog on the balcony all day long and that is all the dogs do is sit out there. If you can not live with animals because of your medical condition, then you either need to deal with your medical condition with the animals, or not to own the animals.
We went through this decision as well, once we found out our daughter is highly allergic to both cats and dogs. We have two dogs that we do not feel like we can responsibly give up in this area and so we still keep them. So yes i understand having medical conditions with animals, but if you choose to have animals, you just do not keep them out side and not interact with them as part of your family, especially when you live on a base with such small housing and when it is forbidden due to base rules.
And i also would not admit on a public forum as to breaking the base rules, it could be used against you.