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Pets

    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 http://www.cqa.guam.gov/ 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.
  

 


http://ghs.guam.gov/


Military moves affect more than just the human family members... Moving also impacts our fur babies... 
Guam is a rabies-free island ~ and so there is a very specific process in order to bring pets to the island.
Pets over 3 months of age must wear a license tag. Pet licenses are issued after showing proof that the pet has been vaccinated against rabies. The license costs $5, must be renewed every year and is available both at the Yigo Animal Shelter and at the Department of Agriculture offices in Mangilao. (This is the same place that issues the Entry Permit.)
Some very specific requirements include:

  • Microchipping ~ Pets coming to Guam must be microchipped.
  • Two Rabies Certificates ~ Pets coming to Guam must have two rabies shots, and the certificates need to be provided to both the quarantine facility of your choice and also the Department of Agriculture here on Guam.
  • A FAVN test ~ Pets coming to Guam are required to pass a FAVN test no less than 120 days of travel to Guam (in order to qualify for short-quarantine). [Pets that can not meet this requirement may be forced to stay in a lengthy quarantine while here on island - which cab be very difficult on the animal - not to mention rather costly...]

The Department of Agriculture has an informative booklet that details their requirements. It can be found at this link.
There are four quaranitne programs here on Guam ~ and pet owners need to investigate the options fully.
1. Full 120-Days Commercial Quarantine: If your pet is not arriving from an exempt country or area and if your pet fails to pass or complete the FAVN testing and other requirements, then your pet will have to complete 120-days of commercial quarantine on Guam. There are no other options or exceptions. Be aware of the costs involed with this situation.
2. Calculated Quarantine:If your pet has completed all of the requirements and has a rabies FAVN titer of at least 0.5 I.U., then your pet will have to spend only as many days in commercial quarantine as required to reach 120 total days since the FAVN blood sample reached the laboratory.
3. Home Quarantine on Guam: If your pet is coming from the United States or an overseas United States military installation and has completed all other requirements and has a rabies FAVN titer of at least 1.0 I.U. then your pet may qualify for home quarantine until 120 total days has elapsed since the FAVN blood sample reached the laboratory.
4. Exempt From Quarantine: If your pet is coming from an “exempt” country such as Japan or Australia, and has been there for at least 120 days, then there is normally no commercial quarantine required on Guam. The entry requirements can be completed prior to arrival and the animal may be allowed to leave the airport with you.
There are two quarantine facilities on island, a military facility located on Andersen Air Force Base and a private provider off base.


For the on base Andersen AFB facility -
you can find a wealth of information on the36th FSS website - which includesPet Lodge Admission Information and also theirPet Lodge Quarantine Handbook -  both very helpful for incoming personnel with pets. For contact information - Chumporn Velte  can be reached at 671-366-5020  or by e-mail at chumporn.velte@andersen.af.mil. The facility address is Andersen AFB Quarantine Facility - 20016 Arc Light - Yigo - Guam -96929

Hours of Operation:
Pet Lodge Office  ~ Monday – Friday 10:00 am – 5:00 PM
Pet Lodge Visiting Hours ~ Daily 11:00 am – 4:30 PM (By Appointment Only)



 
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