Bringing your pets to paradise when you move to Kauai.
It used to be that you could only bring your dog or cat to Hawaii / Kauai and they had to be quarantined for at least 120 days before being released to you. Thankfully, there is now another option when you want to bring your dog(s) or cat(s) to Kauai!
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.
There are two rabies quarantine programs for dogs and cats entering Hawaii: 120-days and 5-Day-Or-Less (includes airport release). If you do everything correctly, your dog or cat can be released to you at the airport and will not have to be quarantined upon arrival. Be aware, however, that 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. So, do be sure you follow each and every step in the guidelines!
Also, be aware that 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 9 months of age by the time 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.
When I moved my cat to Kauai, I think that in total the cost for all the vet visits, shots, tests, airplane ticket for my cat and the fees was close to $1,000 (if not more!) Of course, for those of us pet lovers, the cost is worth it and I don't regret spending the money on my cherished Kooki!
Here is a link to the Hawaii animal quarantine information page and a very informative brochure!
And a check list for the 5 day or less program http://hdoa.hawaii.gov/ai/files/2013/01/aqs-checklist-5DOL.pdf
This post is for information only and is not a guarantee of the quarantine program. Be sure to check everything directly with State of Hawaii Animal Industry Division before you bring your dog or cat to Kauai!
Allso be aware