Hawaii: Final Preparations

The day has come! Your pet is finally traveling to Hawaii! Here's what to have prepared and what to expect on the day of travel.

On your pet's travel date, please have them ready to go with the following items:

  • Documents listed below  kovah-UdUbSPwbv2c-unsplash
  • Airline approved travel kennel
  • Two bowls that latch onto the inside of the kennel door
  • Crate pad (no more than 3 inches thick)
  • Pee-pee pad (optional)
  • Thin blanket, t-shirt or towel that smells like home 
  • Zip lock baggie with 2-3 servings of dry food

You may NOT send any additional items or luggage with your pet as the airline will not allow it to travel and it will not make it to the destination. You will need to make your own arrangements to ship your personal pet belongings to your new home.

    Please email us a copy of the documents below prior to your pet being picked up.  The following paperwork must travel with your pet:

    1. COPY of the last two (2) signed Rabies vaccination certificates
    2. COPY of the Rabies Titer Test Results (FAVN Report Form from KSU)
    3. ORIGINAL signed Domestic Health Certificate (or APHIS 7001 Form)

    Click here for some other tips & tricks to prepare your pet for their travels. 

    How can I track my pet?

    We will provide you email updates when your pet is checked in, departed and landed. 

    Other tips to keep in mind:

    • Your dog would love a nice long walk, run, jog, canter or generally active time before heading to the airport.  This gives them a chance to stretch their legs before the big flight and tucker them out a bit so they are relaxed on the plane. 
    • As you are aware, cats can be quite the escape artists and quite stubborn when you want to catch them when you need to be somewhere.  It's recommended that you keep your kitty in one room like a bathroom or bedroom before heading to the airport so it is easier to catch them when you need to head out the door.
    • Don’t feed your pet a large meal within 4 hours prior to flight departure.  Pets tend to travel better on a relatively empty stomach and you don’t want them to have an upset belly while in flight. 
    • No need to restrict their water intake but rest assured we will make sure the water bowl is filled at check in.  
    • Check in for pets on domestic flights is typically 2-3 hours prior to departure, so we will need to be on time so we do not miss the check in cutoff and risk your pet being refused for travel.
    • Once your pet is checked in for the flight, they will remain in the care of the airline.  The airline staff will top off their water bowl and they will be the ones who bring your pet out to the aircraft and load them onto the plane.  Please remember this is a restricted area, so no visitors are allowed.
    • When your dog arrives to their new home after the flight, be sure to slowly get them back into their usual routine.  NEVER give them too much food, water and exercise immediately after their flight as larger dogs can be prone to bloat, which can be very serious and potentially life threatening.

    DO NOT give your pet any form of sedative.  This can negatively impact your pet’s breathing, respiration and balance when they are up in the air at high altitudes.  The American Veterinary Medical Association strongly advises against it, and many airlines will reject pets that appear to be sedated and will not allow them to travel.

    Once your pet arrives to their new home, we'd love if you shared a few photos with us!!