Six Things to Consider when PCS’ing to Hawaii with Pets
We know how much your furry family members mean to you; that’s why it’s important to begin planning your PCS with pets early. Not only does the military have its own rules for PCS’ing with animals, Hawaii has strict requirements for bringing cats and dogs into the state.
Here’s your guide to PCS’ing to Hawaii with pets – because it wouldn’t be home without them!
1) Plan Early
We mentioned this before but we can’t stress it enough – start planning your pet’s move early! It can take about six months to get all your paperwork in order. Cats and dogs entering Hawaii must meet certain medical requirements. If you’re aware of these, you can make sure they have the necessary vaccinations within the allotted time period. If not, you may have to wait 120 days to pick up your pet.
2) Complete Hawaii’s Quarantine Checklist
Hawaii is an island where invasive species and diseases can have a significant impact. That’s why the state takes animal quarantines very seriously. If you’re not prepared your pet could spend months in quarantine, and you’d only have select hours during the day to see them. Below you’ll find a checklist of requirements to reference but we recommend looking at Hawaii.gov’s Quarantine Information Page for the most recent information.
· Your pet needs a working microchip.
· Your dog or cat must have had two rabies vaccinations in their lifetime – these cannot have been administered within 30 days of each other and the most recent must be administered more than 30 days prior to the animal’s arrival in Hawaii.
· Fill out the dog and cat import form.
· All paperwork must be submitted to the Animal Quarantine Station 10 days prior to arrival in Hawaii.