She had her 2 rabies shots that were given more than 30 days apart. I obtained an original certificate and made sure they signed it in ink as required. (Her previous rabies certificate from Virginia was stamped so I emailed the Animal Quarantine at firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm this would be okay. I was told as long as the most recent one was in ink we were fine.)
We had a successful OIE-FAVN Rabies test result. The original was sent to Hawaii and her 120 of quarantine began. I thought the only thing left to do was to submit all of the paperwork to them before 10 days of arrival. I needed to send the original rabies certificates and a “Dog & Cat Import Form AQS-278”. I knew this form needed to be notarized so I figured it was a one day project, right? Um, no!
I hadn’t looked at the form until this Tuesday. On it, it tells me I have to list a hospital or clinic they can call should Cinder need medical treatment while in quarantine. This makes total sense, but it was a lot of work that I hadn’t planned on. I went to the Animal Quarantine website and found a list of approved clinics. Well, you have to actually register your pet at one before you list the place on the form. So, I did some research and found some reviews (I told you I was a review girl, right?) on the website Yelp. I then had to wait until 2pm EST for the places to open up in Hawaii. The first place I called said they were full. The second place I called was full. The third place I called said they no longer participate. I finally called The Cat Clinic and was successful. However, it’s not just a matter of answering a few questions and your registered. You have to fill out their forms. These forms could be mailed or faxed. Well, I don’t own a fax and mailing was going to take too long. So I called my local Fed-Ex and got their fax number. I then called The Cat Clinic back and gave it to them. I went to Fed-Ex fully expected to fill the forms out there and fax them back and be done with it. Nope. I needed a local address on the form. Sigh. So back home I went.
I then looked into my options of getting a P.O. Box. I decided to go with the UPS Store because I would then have a street address, not just a P.O. number. This should be an easy process, right? You know I’m going to say no, right? They emailed me a bunch of forms. I had to fill them out for me and my husband, have them notarized, provide two forms of ID for both of us, and then sign a form saying they could charge my credit card. Yikes! So I filled out the forms and then yesterday we had them notarized on base. I made copies of drivers licenses and Military IDs and was ready to go. Yesterday was hectic with trying to track down information about our moving company since we haven’t heard from them and they are due to be here in less than 2 weeks. My youngest son also had his physical therapy appointment. So finally, when the boys were in bed, I went to Fed-Ex and faxed all 12 pages of my mailbox application. I called to confirm they received them at the UPS Store in Hawaii. Yes, they will call me back in ten minutes with my address. Wonderful! No, not so much. They call me back and tell me that the notary was suppose to verify my two IDs and write them on the form. REALLY?? Ugh!
So yes, I have to redo my application and get it notarized AGAIN. But, luckily he was a nice person and told me he would go ahead and assign me an address. He said he had 30 days to submit the form. So that buys me a few days and gets me an address to put on the form to register my cat at a clinic in Hawaii. Which means I can now submit my forms to quarantine. The moral of the story? Don’t wait, thinking it will be smooth sailing. Just send the forms in as soon as you can.
I want to hear about any issues you all had when traveling with pets. Was it all smooth sailing or did you have some snafus?