For folks moving to
Hawaii and bringing pets, the whole quarantine issue and the
huge fees charged for this service have presented a real problem.
The separation of pet and owner for such a long time is even
a bigger issue than the fee, and in come cases with older pets
not able to cope with a month of quarantine, it has made the
difference between moving to Hawaii or not. This news should
be welcome relief to an old and serious dilemma for many.
- The new rule is effective
June 30, 2003. Under this rule, pet owners have to arrange vaccinations
and blood tests for their pets at least 120 days prior to their
arrival in Hawaii. The good news: Under the new rule, out-of-state
pet owners would be able to arrive at Honolulu International
Airport and leave with their pets within hours of their arrival.
- This should be a very
workable program, but you have to be prepared to plan ahead.
The new fees will make pet owners moving to Hawaii happy, too.
The fee if your animal qualifies for a direct release from the
airport will be $165, and $224 if it will require up to 5 days
of quarantine. But the cost for a 30-day and 120-day quarantines
will still be astronomical, at $655 and $1080, so it sure will
pay to plan ahead and get your pet qualified for immediate release.
- Pet owners who are
still upset with Hawaii's strict requirements to ensure that
no animal with rabies enters the state might like to know that
Hawaii is the only rabies-free state in the nation.
- For more information,
Department of Agriculture
99-951 Halawa Valley Street
Aiea, Hawaii 96701-5602
Telephone (808) 483-7151
FAX (808) 483-7161
- With much
- Skip Thomsen