Hawaii To The Mainland

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Departing Hawaii Heading to the Mainland USA including Alaska:


We do it All! We know the move across the Pacific is a big one, and we are here to take the stress of relocating your pets off of your to do list! We pick up your pets from your home, make your pets’ airlines reservations, prepare crates for travel and ensure your pets are off safely to their new destination. All dogs will get one final potty break after we get them checked in to their flight.

We offer full service pet relocating services on Oahu, Maui, and the Big Island including both Kona and Hilo.


Sending Pets Ahead of or After You - Many of our clients have friends or family members that we send their pets to ahead of time, allowing them to clear out of their current home here in Hawaii without stressing themselves or their pets with movers, cleaners and four-legged family members running around! Other clients choose to leave their pets with a friend or a family member and we pick them up from their home on the day of departure and get them on their way.

Boarding - For our clients that do not have someone they want to send their pets along to ahead of time or leave with here on the island, we have a wide range of boarding types we can offer to you. We are no longer boarding at our facility except on emergency basis, however we have several options for everyone. We will pick up your pets from your home, bring them to the boarding facility chosen, while our clients get themselves where they need to go! Typically our clients fly out and arrive at their destination, they get themselves and their human family situated and then we send along their furry family members 1-2 days later.

Travel Crates - If you do not already have airline approved travel crates for your pets, we will help you to ensure you get the right crate. Often we work with our clients to do crate swaps, as we all know, one thing we are limited to here in Hawaii is space! Many of our incoming clients do not want to store larger dog crates and are happy to sell them to our outgoing clients. If we do not have a used crate for your pet we can pick one up for you and have it delivered to your home, one less thing for you to worry about! Please note this swap service is limited to our clients using our relocation services. Craigslist is also a great resource for finding used crates in great condition! For our larger dogs we offer custom wooden crates built to specifications for your dogs comfort. If your pet is not already crate trained we suggest you obtain a crate as soon as you are aware of your relocation and start this process right away.

Health Certificates/Vaccinations – All dogs and cats leaving the State of Hawaii are required to have a health certificate dated no more than 10 days prior to their flight departure, and a current rabies vaccination. If you do not have time to get your pets to your own vet prior to your departure, have no worries we can handle that for you! We pick up your pets and have the health certificates and exam done same day. This saves you time and headache.

Door-to-Door Service – Our Hawaii departure service already includes home pickup here on the island of Oahu, if you would like someone to pick up your pets at their final destination and have them delivered to their new home, we can make that happen! As a member of IPATA, we use a network of professional pet movers all over the world, and we can ensure that your pets are picked up, given a potty break if needed, and delivered right to your door by someone who also cares about the comfort and well being of your pets.

Quarantine – We get this question quite often, there isn’t any quarantine or special requirements for leaving the state of Hawaii if heading to any of the other 49 United States. A current rabies vaccination and a health certificate is required.

Returning to Hawaii with Pets – We have several clients who travel back and forth to the mainland several times a year and take their pets with them. We will ensure that all of your vaccinations and documents are in order before you leave the island ensuring that your pet will not be held up in quarantine upon their return to Hawaii. There are a few steps that do need to take place prior to leaving, please contact us as soon as possible if you do plan to travel back and forth with your pets.

Call any questions! 808-783-8419 – all quotes must be given via email to be sure everything that is included is clear, please complete our “Request a Quote” form to get a quote from us.




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