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Does anyone have personal experience with Hawaii's animal quarantine or know the story of someone who has gone through it?

We're thinking of moving to Hawaii in December with my 3 fluffs, so we're going through the first steps of their same-day release program. It allows you to do all the rabies testing here in the mainland US and then the dogs can be released within a few hours of landing. Does anyone have any tips they can offer about the process or know of anything I should be extra vigilant about?

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Thanks for the quick response! I'm nervous about going through the process, but it's always been my mom's dream to retire in Hawaii and I'm originally an island girl (raised on Guam).

Did your daughter happen to go through the direct release program? Did she have any problems transporting her cat, whether it be with the quarantine or airline?

Guam is also rabies free and the conditions of their quarantine station were enough to make me cry, so I'm willing to do whatever it takes to keep my dogs out of quarantine. I'm sure Hawaii has better conditions, but I can't imagine being apart from my dogs for 4 months.
 

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Thanks for the support everyone! Now that I'm awake, I reviewed the link and it's time to get down to business. Only one of my dogs has had two rabies shots, so the others are going to need to get that done. I think I'll make an appointment with my vet this weekend for the shots and sit down with her to make sure they'd be willing to do all the blood testing paperwork that's required. Crossing my fingers that they will.

Mary, just a curious question since you're in Hawaii. Are dogs required to get their rabies vaccine every three years if they don't travel?
 

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We're hoping to move in January, but it's just to soon to tell right now. Once the dogs have all their paperwork submitted for blood-testing, I believe it's good for 3 years.

Right now, we're hoping to fly them in cabin, as all are under 10lbs. It will be my mom, hubby and myself flying to transport all of them. The few times we went there for vacation recently, we always had flights that arrived in the morning, so I'd like to get something similar. Airline pet policies have changes so much that I have to start from square one with research. I believe Continental was the best way to transport them in cabin when I looked last year, but now that they've merged with United, I'm not sure if that's still the case or not.
 

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OMG - thank you so much to everyone for letting me know the dogs can't travel in cabin. I wasn't aware of that. Another note for my to do list is to buy airline approved kennels for cargo.

Mary, we're planning on moving to Oahu as that's the only place my mom and I have lived before. My mom worked for the federal gov't and she was transferred there for a couple of years when I was a teen. I don't have a job in mind yet, but we have a few clients I work with at my current job and I'm hoping to secure a position with one of them if at all possible. Where are you located right now?

JMM, thanks so much for your input. The amount of knowledge and experience you have leaves me in awe!

Eileen, thank you so much for the links. I'll have to wait until after work to look through them all, but it looks like some invaluable information and great resources to consider in our move.
 

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Ooh doggy play dates would be awesome! During my past two trips, I kept an eye out for living expenses etc. to get an idea of how much it's changed since I last lived there. Surprisingly, I found it cheaper than living in San Francisco, where I'm at now, but still expensive nonetheless. It's definitely worth it though. Chloe's picture is a prime example of how gorgeous it is there year-round...And I miss having a tan!!!! I'm not picky about where we live - it'll mostly depend on where I find a job. We used to live in Pearl City, but I'd like to try something different this time around. Thanks for offering to help - I just may take you up on your offer as moving day approaches but we've still got a LOOONNNGGGGGG way to go :)
 
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