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MWR Pet Facility Offers Four-Star Accommodations

MWR Pet Facility Offers Four-Star Accommodations

Military pet owners can provide their pets with their own four-star accommodations at the MWR Kennel Facility, located at the former Hawaii Animal Quarantine Station, which is one of just three facilities under military control in the world. It fulfills a need for a place for military members to house their dogs and cats during PCS ins and outs, TDYs and emergencies.

Each dog kennel is approximately 6 by 14 feet. The entire kennel is covered and fenced and includes separate run and bedding areas. Cat kennels are about half the size of the dog kennels and feature a climbing apparatus and sleeping ledge. Also, the post veterinary staff inspects the facility on a quarterly basis for cleanliness, grounds maintenance and general animal care.

Owners are also encouraged to bring toys and bedding to help make their pet comfortable during their stay.

The costs at the MWR Kennel Facility are much lower than civilian facilities. Rates for boarding dogs are $16 per day and $12 for a second family pet boarding in the same kennel. Cats are $12 per day and $7 for the second animal sharing the same kennel.

The kennel facility is open to all services across the island, including retirees and DOD civilians. Eligibility and priority for boarding animals are as follows: deploying personnel, PCS personnel housed in transient quarters or guest housing, personnel on emergency leave, temporary duty personnel, regular or military leave personnel, Department of Army personnel and all other branches of service personnel. Dogs and cats must have all shots current, including rabies and bordetella, be on flea and heartworm preventative, and be in good health. Additionally, customers must bring shot records and a health certificate within 10 days of boarding pets. Most importantly, if the service member leaves the island during the boarding period, the kennel manager must have the name, number and address of an on-island contact.

The reservation form and other important information are located at the MWR Army Hawaii website at www.mwrarmyhawaii.com, under Rec & Leisure.

In order to reserve a space, the registration form must be completed and a two-day boarding deposit must be submitted to the kennel at least 20 days prior to the boarding date. Deposit will be refunded if the reservation is canceled within five days of boarding. Boarding of animals without reservations will only be accepted on a space-available basis.

Visiting hours are 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday; noon to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The facility is closed to customers Monday and Friday. Call 808-368-3456 to make reservations.

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