Here are some helpful steps in bringing your beloved cat or dog into Hawaii. The goal is to avoid the 120 day quarantine on island. I wanted to share my experience with you and tell you some of the things I went through. I am no expert on the rules of the Department of Agriculture Animal Quarantine so please refer to them to validate what you need. I just wanted to share my experience importing my large dog and going through the whole experience.
Here is a quick checklist of things required for import:
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And MWR has kennels at much lower rates than on the economy. You just sign up the local MWR. https://hawaii.armymwr.com/programs/family-and-mwr-pet-kennels
Except for pit bulls, pit bull mixes, Doberman pinschers, Rottweilers, wolf breed combination?, chows, etc. I guess they exclude these breeds without even testing behaviors? There are perfectly good breeds out there that are loving dogs.
See Pet addendum for more info on leasing at Island Palm communities. https://winnmilitary.entrata.com/media_library/12710/56e6e646732f3523.pdf
1) Your pet’s most recent rabies vaccination must not be expired when your pet arrives in Hawaii. 90 days have had to elapsed from the second rabies vaccination so don’t wait to get your pet vaccinated. If you arrive before that your pet goes into quarantine until you make the 90 days from second vaccination.
2) Do the OIE-FAVN blood test before all else because of the 120 day wait period. Although making appointments is a process because I found they are always booked (the Army Vet is also the food inspector at the commissary). We were able to get all our shots up to date and get the test submitted right away so I could start the wait period.
3) Mail your $165 cashiers check or money order, 5 day or less form, and AQS-278 form to the Department of Agriculture Animal Quarantine AFTER you’ve confirmed they’ve received the OIE-FAVN favorable results.
Send to: Animal Quarantine Station, 99-951 Halawa Valley Street, Aiea, HI 96701.
I used a commercial Airline to fly my pet. Some spouses I met used a Pet moving company which will pick up your pet and keep it overnight if necessary. They may even deliver the pet to your address in Hawaii.
Pet moving companies
Pet Air http://www.flypets.com
Pet Airways http://www.petairways.com
Capital Pet Movers (Out of DC area) http://www.capitalpetmovers.com in MD
Pacific air cargo http://pacificaircargo.com/vip-pet-service/
Hawaiian Air Cargo https://www.hawaiianaircargo.com/learn/special-handling/live-animals
Aloha Air Cargo http://www.alohaaircargo.com/pet-shipping/
May 2018 - United has banned 20+ snub nosed breeds. You can read about the status here:
4) You'll need your most recent health certificate at drop off the pet at the airlines. Also the Animal Quarantine told me that since one of my Rabies vaccinations did not have a wet signature that I would need it listed on the Health certificate. So I made sure the vet who issued it knew what to put.
Make sure you give the animal quarantine at least 1 hour to pick up the pet from the airline when it lands so they can bring it to the facility for processing.
When you arrive at the airport follow the signs to interisland, baggage claim A area, then take the Ewa Service road. The quarantine office is located on the left side of the street. There was no parking when I went so I ended up double parking in front of a fire hydrant. The office itself, is just a double door that has a secured entry and you must ring the bell and wait for a person to buzz you in. Because there are limited handlers sometimes you will wait outside in the hot sun until someone comes in and lets you in. They tell you on the website you need all this paperwork for pick up but they didn’t need anything except my ID card. If you are coming in a rental car make sure the car can fit the crate. For my large crate I needed an SUV. They did not assist me to lift the crate into the car but they pushed the cart out with the crate up to the car. Their rule is that you cannot let your pet out on airport property, I drove to the cell phone parking lot to let my dog out of the crate.
Thanks for reading and please share your experiences with me on my FB group, HAWAII MILITARY LIFE, so we can help others. I mainly post Local Hawaii events and information in that group. And if you are retiring or transitioning, please join our HAWAII MILITARY RETIRED VETERANS LIFE Facebook group.
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