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Aloha Pets: A Comprehensive Guide to Moving to Hawaii with Pets

Hawaii, known for its picturesque landscapes and serene beaches, is an idyllic destination for many. If you are planning to move there and have furry family members, you need to be aware of the unique procedures and regulations that Hawaii imposes on incoming pets.

###Why the Strict Regulations?

Hawaii is the only state in the US that is rabies-free. To maintain this status, the state has established strict quarantine laws for all incoming pets, especially cats and dogs. These laws aim to prevent the introduction of rabies and protect both the pet population and the unique fauna of the islands.

###Preparation is Key

To minimize the quarantine period, pet owners are advised to prepare months in advance. The state offers a “5-Day-or-Less” program, which, with proper preparation, can allow your pet to be directly released at the airport. To qualify, pet owners must fulfill several requirements:

  • Microchipping: This is mandatory for identification purposes. Ensure your pet is microchipped before any rabies vaccination is carried out.
  • Rabies Vaccination: Your pet must have been vaccinated at least twice in its lifetime. The most recent one must be done no less than 30 days and no more than 12 months before arrival for pets on the mainland.
  • Blood Serum Test: After the most recent rabies vaccination, your pet needs to get a blood serum (FAVN-OIE) test from an approved laboratory, showing a satisfactory level of rabies antibodies. This test must be performed no more than 36 months and no less than 120 days prior to your pet’s arrival in Hawaii.
  • Waiting Period: After the blood sample is sent to an approved lab, a 30-day waiting period begins. During this period, your pet must remain rabies-free.
  • Health Certificate: Within 14 days before arrival, a licensed vet must complete an Animal Health Certificate, including an acaricide treatment for ticks.
  • Documentation: You must submit these documents to the Hawaii Department of Agriculture at least ten days before arrival.

###Quarantine Facilities

If your pet does not qualify for the “5-Day-or-Less” program or direct airport release, it will be quarantined for up to 120 days at the Animal Quarantine Station in Halawa Valley on Oahu. Owners are allowed to visit their pets during specified hours, and a shorter quarantine period can be possible with all necessary documentation and requirements met.

###Other Considerations

  • Other Animals: Birds, guinea pigs, rabbits, and other animals also have specific import requirements, which are less stringent but still require planning.
  • Inter-island Travel: Be aware that even inter-island travel with pets in Hawaii may require additional health documentation and checks.
  • Housing: Some residential areas and housing complexes in Hawaii have strict pet policies. Check these before making a move.
  • Vets and Pet Services: Ensure you identify a reliable local vet, pet food suppliers, and other pet services in your new locale.
  • Climate Adjustment: The tropical climate of Hawaii may also require a period of acclimatization for your pet, especially if they are used to cooler climates.
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Moving to Hawaii with pets requires meticulous preparation and patience due to its stringent pet import regulations. However, with careful planning and adherence to these regulations, you can ensure a smooth transition for your pet to the island paradise. The reward is the joy of experiencing the Aloha spirit with your furry family members in tow

Celester Thomas

Company Blog – Soldier to Soldier Hawaii Realty

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