Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Blog 13 Getting Pets Quarantined on the Mainland

Valentine on Lake Michigan

Hawaii has no rabies and wants to keep it that way.  Recent changes in the State’s procedures have resulted in a huge improvement in bringing your pets to the islands.  For instance, ours were directly released to us on our arrival in Kona – before our luggage had even arrived.

Kiwi the Ragdoll

However, please bear in mind, that if you do not meet the specific requirements of this new program, your pet may be quarantined for up to 120 days upon its arrival in Hawaii.

Valentine's Puppy - Winston

Next the only thing to watch out for is the lengthy mainland qualification process.  It had an impact on delaying our departure by two months.  Procedures include getting chips implanted in your animals, two sets of rabies shots 90 days apart and blood work being sent to a laboratory at Kansas State University (KSU).  Significant preplanning is critical to minimize the impact on you and your pets in this type of relocation.

The official state link regarding moving pets to Hawaii is:


Valentine - Happy in Hilo

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