Saturday, August 24, 2013

Letter to the Hawai`i Department of Agriculture, Animal Quarantine Service

We are off to Hawaii for Christmas on Princess Cruises.  Here we are in August, and I have already received preliminary approval from the cruise line for Asta, the service dog, to come on board for our 2 week cruise from San Francisco roundtrip to Hawaii.  Next, I need to get preliminary approval from the Animal Quarantine Service (AQS) in Hawaii for Asta to enter the state under the Modified Program for service dogs, and arrange for her "inspection" in our first port of call, Hilo.  It is essential to get pre approval for entry well in advance.  Also, Hawaii only allows dogs entering the state by airplane to enter into Honolulu.  As we are on a cruise ship in Hilo (not Honolulu), special arrangements must be made.  Here is my letter just faxed to AQS:

Legally Blonde
1234 Main Street
San Francisco, California 94111
Tel. (123) 456 7891
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August 24, 2013

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Hawai`i Department of Agriculture
Animal Quarantine Station
99-951 Halawa Valley Street
Aiea, Hawai`i 96701-5602

Re:  Admission of Service Dog to Hawai`i of Legally Blonde; Asta Microchip#123456789123456

Dear Madam or Sir:

By this letter and accompanying documentation, I am requesting entry of “Asta” my service dog, under the "modified" program for Guide and Service dogs.
I will be arriving in Hawai`i via cruise ship on the Grand Princess on Friday, December 27, 2013 in Hilo on the Island of O`AHU.  This is Princess Cruise # A401 / 15 Days Hawai`i/Roundtrip San Francisco California, Cruise Booking Number:  123456  (Departure Date:  Dec 20, 2013) 

In accordance with the requirements listed on the website, and the instructions emailed to me from your department, I am faxing this information to you requesting entry into Hawai`i of my service dog, Asta.    
Here is our itinerary in Hawai`i:
Fri, 12/27/13  Hilo, Hawai`i   7:00am –  5:00pm
Sat, 12/28/13  Honolulu, Hawai`i   7:00am –  11:00pm
Sun, 12/29/13  Kauai (Nawiliwili), Hawai`i   8:00am –  5:00pm
Mon, 12/30/13  Maui (Lahaina), 7:00am –  6:00pm

In support of this request, please find attached:
·         a letter on letterhead from her physician (Dr. Spock) stating the need for the animal and what it does for me to mitigate or service my disability. 
·         USDA Form 7001 signed by Asta’s veterinarian, Dr. Doolittle
·         Laboratory Report showing Asta passing the OIE-FAVN blood test (matching Asta’s HomeAgain Microchip)
·         Veterinarian’s  vaccination certification (including rabies) (Dr. Doolittle)
Also please find a copy attached of Asta’s formal Assistance Dog tags issued by the City of San Francisco.  I will send you an updated USDA Form 7001 closer to our date of arrival attesting that the dog was treated within 14 days of arrival with a product containing Fipronil.

Yes, I do understand I must give the inspector an original health certificate issued not more than 30 days before our arrival.

Please advise whether Asta will be admitted entry with me, and how we need to proceed logistically upon arrival in Hilo.

I look forward to hearing from you. 
Legally Blonde