Getting the dog ready(ish) for Hawaii…

So, Hawaii is a rabies free island which is wonderful but it sure makes it hell to get your pets there.  To be fair they have seriously updated their policies and now offer direct release at the airport instead of having to stick them in quarantine for 120 days.

If we had to leave him in a kennel for that long we probably would rethink bringing him with us, I mean all the way from Spain to Hawaii just to then leave him in a cage? Poor thing!

Thankfully we’ve already got a couple of things done on the checklist, first rabies shot, check. Microchip, check. Now I need to take him back to our vet for a second rabies shot and paperwork.  Thankfully our vet is on the base so they have experience with this, also our vet receptionist moved here from Hawaii so she’s happy to answer any questions! I am just hoping he fits in the large kennel not the GIANT one!

Honestly we REALLY were going to wait until we moved back stateside to get a puppy, we tried to wait! We didn’t want to have to deal with shipping a dog back stateside, let alone to the Pacific!

Our cutie Bowser at 5 weeks

But really how could we resist that face! My husband went with a friend to look at a litter and I told him I wouldn’t be mad if he brought one home! It ended up for the best because we wouldn’t have gotten a dog in Hawaii if we had waited and my kids LOVE this dog.

Thankfully the Hawaii Department of Agriculture breaks it down step by step and explains what you need to get done and the timeline to get it done.  So as long as you follow each step EXACTLY you’ll be fine!

Here’s the Hawaii DoA page for direct release: http://hawaii.gov/hdoa/ai/aqs/aqsbrochure.pdf

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3 thoughts on “Getting the dog ready(ish) for Hawaii…

  1. We just recently (April) PCS’d to Hawaii from Guam. Thankfully we went from one “rabies free” island to another so we didn’t have to go through all the quarantine stuff again. We did when we moved to Guam, and it isn’t fun. We only had one dog, Tess, when we moved to Guam, and then adopted our second, Jack, from a shelter while we were there.
    If you have any questions, I’d be happy to help.

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