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    Boonie cats and boonie dogs abound on Guam, and are available for adoption from Guam Animals in Need (G.A.I.N.). It is also possible to get kittens and puppies free from friends, or find them wandering around abandoned on the street or beach. Veterinary care is easier to come by than human health care, and the wait is shorter for your pet than for you at your clinic. 
If you want a pure-bred animal, they can be purchased from a shop or breeder, but they are extremely expensive. 
    The rules for bringing pets to Guam have recently changed, as of February 2001. Guam is rabies free, and to keep it that way, a four-month quarantine had been imposed on all dogs and cats brought onto the island. This quarantine is extremely expensive and uses up a significant portion of an animal's life. The recent relaxation of the law allows some dogs and cats to be in quarantine for 30 days instead of 120 days if: (a) the animal has received 2 rabies shots 6 months apart and within 90 to 365 days of departure, (b) a microchip is imbedded in the animal by a certified laboratory, (c) a rabies blood test has been conducted by an approved lab 90 to 365 days before arrival, (d) the animal has a health certificate verifying the vaccinations, blood test and microchip, (e) the owner has obtained an entry permit from the Department of Health and Social Services, (f) the animal has passsed another rabies blood test upon arrival, (g) the pet is older than nine months old, and (h) the animal remains in home quarantine another 90 days after arrival. If these conditions are not satisfied, the animal will have to remain in the quarantine kennel for the full 120 days.
    The entry permit costs $60 per pet. There is only one official quarantine kennel, and they charge $815 to $1025 for the 30-day quarantine, or $1285 to $2125 for the 120-day quarantine. Military personnel get a 20% discount. 
    Flying with pets is also complicated. Airlines will only accommodate a certain number of animals per flight. Animals flying overseas must spend a certain amount of time in a kennel mid-trip to recover, and can only fly if the air temperature at departure time is within a certain range. All this may result in your animal's arrival being delayed for several days. 
    Taking an animal from Guam is less complicated than taking one to Guam. Since Guam is rabies-free, no quarantine restrictions apply when taking an animal out of Guam. 
    Get important information, including the address for obtaining a pet entry permit, at the website. 
    Also refer to the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service brochure, Traveling With Your Pet. 
    More information can be found at Continental Airlines: Live Animal Policy. 

Proceed to Critters of Guam, all about the animals that share our island. 
Onward to Tales of Guam, with information about our earthquakes, our plants, and some of our beaches. 
And on to More Tales of Guam, a new page with more beach information, with more to follow. 
And now we have Microscopic Critters of Guam, where you can read about our spectacular microfauna.

by Brenna Lorenz and Mike Pulte.


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