Moving to Hawaii with your pet - Hawaii Animal Quarantine
July 21, 2009 9:33 PM • by Learn about Hawaii • Posted to Moving To Hawaii | Comments (201) | PermalinkMaking the big move to Hawaii can be a stressful and daunting process, but this is also a time of great expectation. Questions of what life will be like in the Islands, where the best beaches are, and what it would be like to have a permanent tan are sure to cross the mind. Before grabbing the kids, the family pet, and hopping on a plane to start your new life in Hawaii, take the time to learn about Hawaii's Animal Quarantine program.
The amount of time that your pet will be at the Animal Quarantine Station will depend on several factors. The Department of Agriculture has quarantine periods of 120-days and the 5-day-or-less program available. To be eligible for the 5-day-or-less quarantine period, the animal in question has to meet specified requirements: be microchipped, observe at least a 120-day waiting period after passing the OIE-FAVN antibodies test, and have at least two rabies vaccinations are among the requirements.
If eligibility requirements for the 5-day-or-less release are not met, then the animal will have to stay in quarantine for the 120-day period required for the antibodies test. While at the Animal Quarantine Station in Halawa Valley, all pets are kenneled, they have access to fresh water and are fed by staff. The facilities have grooming stations and veterinarians on staff to ensure your pet's well-being. While four months is a long time not to have your pet with you, visiting the quarantine station is encouraged. Go a step farther and volunteer your time, as volunteers are needed.
Check out the website for more information on requirements, fees, visiting hours, and a list of prohibited animals. Visit: http://hawaii.gov/hdoa/ai/aqs/info
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