Due to the minimum amount of time needed to prepare a puppy or kitten to meet the requirements of the 5-Day-Or-Less program, a puppy or kitten will be about 10 months of age by the time the preparations are completed. Puppies and kittens not able to meet all of the requirements for the 5-Day-Or-Less program will be quarantined for 120 days.
If your pet is very old, very young (less than 9 weeks of age), chronically ill, or debilitated animals should not be shipped. Pregnant animals are prohibited from entering. Animals that are discovered pregnant during quarantine shall be hospitalized at an approved veterinary facility at the owner’s expense. Owners with pets that experience difficulties during warm weather should use caution whenever shipping pets to Hawaii.
Owners of pets with these or other special medical requirements must register and arrange for quarantine of their pet at an approved veterinary hospital before arriving in Hawaii. High temperatures and high humidity usually peak during May through October. Pet enclosures at the Animal Quarantine Station are outdoor kennels.
Pet owners should consult with their veterinarians regarding potential pet hazards in Hawaii such as toads and poisonous plants. Persons importing pets into the State of Hawaii do so at their own risk. The State will not assume liability for any consequences resulting from shipment or confinement aside from negligence. The owner assumes all liability by presenting the animal for quarantine.