PCSing to Hawaii- Military Guide to Hawaii Living: Pet Regulations

Moving across the country, away from your family to start your life with the military is one thing, moving across the ocean is a whole different ball game. Finding out that you and your family are being stationed in Hawaii is a dream come true, but this dream comes with the stresses of finding housing, doctors, and friends while across the ocean on the mainland. Oahu Spine and Rehab wants to help you make your transition to Hawaii a smooth one; whether it is your first duty station or your last.

The island of Oahu is covered in military bases, making most resources to you pretty close by. OSR is located in Kailua, which is right out of the back gate to MCBH. Most of this guide will be based around experiences on the Marine Corps Base, but are comparable for the other bases. This installment is regarding the furry friends in your life and the MCBH pet regulations.


Pet Quarantine

One major thing to know about PCSing to Hawaii is the pet quarantine that is in place in Hawaii. As of June 2003 there was a pet quarantine enacted that states that your pet will be put into quarantine for as long as 120 days if there is a problem. Hawaii is rabies-free. Hawaii’s quarantine law is designed to protect residents and pets from potentially serious health problems associated with the introduction and spread of rabies.  Because of this, the state takes extreme measures to make sure that no cases are brought to the island from the mainland as they would spread quickly.

According to the State of Hawaii Animal Industry Division:

Chapter 4-29 Hawaii Administrative Rules, 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 5-day–or-less quarantine program, which has a provision for direct release at Honolulu International Airport after inspection.

Furthermore, the law requires dogs and cats that do not meet all of the specific 5-Day-Or-Less program requirements to be quarantined for up to 120 days upon arrival in Hawaii.  Please read thoroughly the following documents containing details on the rabies quarantine programs for importing dogs and cats.

The inspections are done initially at the Honolulu airport and there are some cases where they will qualify for immediate release. For more information click here.


Base Registration for Pets

In order for your pets to reside on base, they are supposed to be registered through the game warden on base. This is for many reasons, but mostly so that if some sort of problem arises with your animals they will be able to contact the correct owners. The registration processes must occur within two days of arrival on the installation.

There are two types of registration; permanent and temporary. The temporary is only available for animals that are too young to fulfill the requirements yet of a permanent registration.

For dogs you must provide proof of vaccinations before the dog is 16 weeks old for rabies, DA2PP, and Leptospirosis. For cats it is also prior to 16 weeks but the vaccinations are for rabies, FVRCP, and Leukemia. The animal must also have a microchip identification that meets the International Standards Organizations requirements.

It is required that you get a City and County of Honolulu Dog License from the Satellite City Hall as well. This is required in order to register your pet on base. More information on this process can be found here!

The Game Warden is located at:

Building 3099 on MCBH “The Game Warden’s Shack.”

Phone: 808-257-1821.

Directions: Located across the flight line, take the first left, and it is a small building on the right with kennels directly behind it, located behind EOD.

Animal Restrictions

Hawaii has very strict laws regarding the import of items into their state because of the effects that they could have on the environment of the island. This is the same with their laws regarding pets. There are certain animals that may be allowed as pets on the mainland that are restricted on the island. Two examples of prohibited animals on the island are any breed of snakes, iguanas, as well as gerbils and hamsters. Whereas animals such as guinea pigs, chinchillas, and domesticated mice and rats are approved. For a list of animal species prohibited on the island click here.

Just like with the state, MCBH has animals that are prohibited in base housing as well. These animal species include; wild rabbits, ferrets, horses, monkeys, hunting birds or gerbils. Some breeds are also not allowed on base such as Staffodshire Terriers, Pitbulls, Rottweilers, any wolf hybrids or mixed breed including any of those listed. According to marines.mil in the absence of formal breed identification (e.g.’ certificate by a civilian organization such as the American Kennel Club) a determination of “majority breed” will be made by the Base Veterinary Clinic or a civilian veterinarian.

Other Info:

MCBH Veterinary Treatment Facility

(808) 257-3643

Pancoast Place, Building #455

MCBH Kaneohe Bay, HI 96863


Getting Your Dependent Military ID

Housing on MCBH






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