Bringing Your Pet to Hawaii - Hawaii's Animal Quarantine Laws
Learn about Hawaii's animal quarantine laws, the "5-Day-or-Less Program", and how you can get LOCAL Kauai quarantine for your pets in one of the nation's leading shelters, the Kauai Humane Society.
Why does Hawaii have quarantine laws?Hawaii is the only state in the US that is rabies-free. Hawaii's dog and cat import law is designed to protect residents, visitors and pets from the potentially serious health problems associated with the introduction and spread of rabies.
All dogs and cats regardless of age (puppies and kittens included) or purpose, must comply with Hawaii's dog and cat import requirements.
Chapter 4-29 Hawaii Administrative Rules (HAR) governs the importation of dogs, cats and other carnivores into Hawaii. This law states that dogs and cats meeting specific pre- and post arrival requirements, may qualify for quarantine of 5-days–or-less or direct release at Honolulu International Airport after inspection. Furthermore, the law requires dogs and cats not meeting all of the specific 5-Day-Or-Less program requirements to be quarantined for up to 120 days upon arrival In Hawaii.
Gosh! Where do I start?The State of Hawaii Department of Agriculture has a detailed brochure which explains the requirements for bringing your pet through quarantine: Hawaii Rabies Quarantine Information Brochure. Once you've looked at the information, it is important to review it in detail with your veterinarian well ahead of any plans to come to Hawaii.
What about keeping my pet in quarantine on Kauai?The Kauai Humane Society now provides inspection of animals for entry at the Lihue airport for direct release as well as quarantine boarding of pets who don't qualify for direct release.
Where can I find more information?
State Animal Quarantine Contact Information:
Click here for the state website: http://www.hawaii.gov/hdoa/ai/aqs/info
Mail: Hawaii Department of Agriculture
Animal Quarantine Station
99-951 Halawa Valley Street
Aiea, Hawaii 96701-5602
Kauai Humane Society Contact Information:
Click here for the Kauai Humane Society website: www.kauaihumane.org/services/quarantine
Mail: Kauai Humane Society
P.O. Box 3330
Lihue, HI 96766-6330