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Kauai Humane Society

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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals, Veterinary Services

Mission: Kauai Humane Society is dedicated to fostering respect, responsibility and compassion for all animals and enriching lives by nurturing healthy relationships between pets and people.

Target demographics: the animals of Kauai!

Geographic areas served: Puhi, Kauai, Hawaii

Programs: KHS is the only open-admission animal shelter on the island of Kauai. We care for owner surrender and stray animals until they are able to find their forever homes on Kauai or transfer to our rescue partners on the mainland. KHS is more than just a shelter housing animals. KHS offers low cost spay & neuter services to the community, low cost microchip and vaccine clinics, humane education & critter camps, as well as an extremely popular Field Trip program where visitors and locals can take a shelter dog out for the day. KHS also operates the Save our Shearwaters program, a program dedicated to rescuing and rehabilitating native Hawaiian birds. KHS depends heavily on volunteer and donor support for our operations. We are incredibly grateful to receive such support from our local community as well as visitors from across the world.

Community Stories

29 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering at the KHS is very rewarding. I feel fully supported when fostering kittens with the staff checking to see how things are going and if I need anything. I help take the pictures for the website and I am amazed when I need help finding a particular cat, the staff members know each one’s name and where to find them. As they are going about their chores, I see them take time to socialize with each animal.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I take cat photos for the shelter’s website. KHS has a challenging job and they do it amazingly well. When I have fostered, I have felt completely supported. The staff truly loves animals and they create such a positive environment it makes volunteering at the shelter a joy.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered here a few times and the staff is very friendly and helpful. The dogs and cats are always well-treated and happy. I would highly recommend KHS to anyone looking to adopt.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I enjoyed working with the animals in the Kauai Humane Society. It was great, for instance, to see a shy dog grow more confident after I had interacted with them for a while. It was nice that I could see that I was helping them.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have enjoyed volunteering with the Kauai Humane Society. They are organized and have an online volunteer portal. Everyone we have met has been thoughtful and compassionate. The animals are well taken care of and just need that extra socialization to recover from neglect and abuse. The KHS is active in the community which I also appreciate.

Carrie L.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

We have three dogs who came from KHS and never plan to adopt from anywhere else. Our dogs all came to the mainland from KHS and the adoption process was clear and easy. The staff handled everything professionally and we couldn’t be happier. The volunteers are passionate about the animals and spend time with them one on one.

Caylee M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Kauai Humane Society is an incredible organization. When I adopted my dog, Reef..they went absolutely above and beyond for us. They arranged for so many aspects behind the scenes as I was off island. Once Reef arrived to her home..we had some challenges to work thru and KHS was there to support us with each challenge. The field trip program that they run is incredible for the dogs and humans alike. It’s so well run and organized and helps so many of the dogs meet their forever families. I’m so thankful for them and all that they do for animals and their people!

Peggy G.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I found a two month old orange tabby kitten on the glass beach in Port Allen. He was starving and no sign of mother or siblings. My husband and I fed him for four days. I bought a carrier and took him to the Humane Society. They checked him out, neutered him, shots, health certificate to travel, and the rest is history. The staff was wonderful. I could not have asked for a better experience. “Little Don Ho” is now a Texas kitty!

Erica B.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted Mahina from Kauai Humane Society. I first saw her picture on their Instagram from when a visiting family took her on a field trip. When we visited Kauai, I was hoping she was still there-she was and we were able to take her out for the day. We ended up falling in love with her and filling out her adoption forms when we took her back that evening.
The Humane Society did an amazing job with scheduling her flights and helping to get Mahina to the mainland safe and sound. They couldn’t have done a better job and we are so in love with our senior rescue dog.

Alexandra M.3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

They really care about the health & well-being of the animals, while trying to educate the community to the best of their ability!

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Donor

Rating: 5

In July 2014 my family flew from Seattle to Kauai for 2-week vacation. We absolutely LOVE the field trips at Kauai Humane Society. We “borrowed” a beautiful 9-month old pup named Kenya and it was love at first sight. We adopted Kenya, changed her name to Koa, keeping her Hawaiian heritage alive, and flew her home with us to Seattle to meet her big brother, Max. My friends who were on the island also sponsored 4 puppies and flew them back to Seattle too for adoption here. I tell everyone about Kauai Humane Society and every time we are back we donate and go on field trips. My next dog will come from here too I’m sure. I wish more shelters would offer this amazing field trip opportunity. Here’s a couple photos of our adopted Koa and another of Humphrey, another beautiful dog we took for a field trip another year.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

There are so many aspects about KHS that I love. I love that I can take a dog out for a day. So fun to give those pups a refreshing day out on the island. I also can't thank KHS enough for all the detailed help they have as I struggled the paperwork and process of bringing my dog over from the mainland. I wish I had extra money because if I did I would give big donations to help keep this pet hale safe and prosperous.

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Donor

Rating: 5

These folks give heartfelt support and care to all the animals who find their way to this shelter whether they are strays, rescues, or surrenders. Their partnership with mainland shelters is brilliant, widening the opportunities to find these animals safe and loving homes. The doggie field trips keep the dogs active and engaged, and show the community what enlightened dog ownership looks like. They are a standout organization!

1 Matthew G.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted my Kauai HS pup after their transfer program flew him to Seattle. I have since been connected with several of their dedicated volunteers and know just how much they care for their animals. They work so hard to keep them happy while they’re in the shelter go to great lengths to get them adopted to loving families. I have even started volunteering to overnight foster animals coming from KHS on their way to an east coast animal rescue. They are a really great organization that is invaluable to the animals (and animal lovers) of Kauai and the animal rescues around the US they are connected with.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We try to spend as much time as we can on Kaua'i, but each time we go we miss our rescue dogs at home. I'd been following Kaua'i Humane Society Shelter Dog on Field Trip on Facebook and on our most recent trip we decided we would get a dog to take on a hike. We picked Kekai, and the KHS staff and volunteers were knowledgeable in telling us about him and helping us know what to expect. They us up with water and a travel bowl, a towel, treats, everything we'd need for a day with a dog. We had a great time with Kekai, to the point that we decided he needed to join our family! We were understandably anxious about an off-island adoption, but KHS staff and especially some very loving and dedicated volunteers helped us make the arrangements. Their experience with off-island adoptions and their very evident care and affection for Kekai gave us the confidence to go through with it. Kekai had to fly separately from us, and they did everything so well, to make sure he was ready for the flight and had what he needed to be comfortable. They stayed in close touch with us as they put him on the plane, and we celebrated together via text and photos when he landed safely on the mainland. He's a great, healthy dog and is fitting in with our "pack", and I know it's in no small part due to KHS's level of care and genuine love for the animals. Thanks KHS!

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

Over the past 30 years I’ve both volunteered at the shelter, fostered and adopted some wonderful animals from KHS. They’re always there for Kauai’s abandoned and unwanted animals. They get everything from rabbits to horses and do everything possible to find them loving homes, either here or on the mainland. Their innovative programs like mainland transfers and letting tourists take a dog out for the day is innovative and helps save lives. I hope anyone reading this will help out either financially or by taking a dog out on a field trip on their next visit to Kauai.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering with KHS for over a year now with their foster program and have to say it has been a very rewarding experience. The staff is knowledgeable, supportive and experienced and always willing to help. So much fun!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a volunteer at the Kauai Humane Society for 5 years. I've personally witnessed the staff's dedication to and love for the animals in their care. Their " doggy field trips and A.L.O.H.A. transfer program" are innovative ways to promote Kauai's animals. The new executive directive is working hard to get more funding and improve the lives of our animals. KHS has my full support!

2 Tracy C.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Aloha-We Adopted two of our dogs from the Kauai Humane Society back in 2009. I also became a volunteer for the shelter in 2009 and have been volunteering regularly every Sunday for the past few years. I also became a foster parent for the Kauai Humane society and have loved every minute of this opportunity. The interaction with the staff and their support has been phenomenal. It brings me great joy and pleasure to be a part of this organization.

Chrissy E.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband and I opted to take a dog on a "field trip" while on vacation in Kauai, and ended up gaining another member to our family. Thanks to the hard work of staff at Kauai Humane Society, our new dog (Tiny Tim/"Teeko") arrived in Seattle that same week. KHS took care of all of the logistics of bringing Teeko home to us, including getting a kennel, arranging air transportation, and getting him to the airport. The shelter area appeared clean, organized, and all of the animals appeared well looked after. It was clear that the animals were loved and appreciated by all of the staff there.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have shared in the life of this organization for over 25 years, first as a volunteer and currently as a proud member of the Board. I have been the recipient of the wonderful stories shared to me by tourists participating in the amazing Field Trip program as well as the Transfer Program. I have worked hand in hand with many of the caring Staff and volunteers that work there ~ their compassion for the animals and the work they do is incredible!!! The island of Kaua’i is so fortunate to have this caring organization in their community.

Advisor

Rating: 5

Wonderful non-profit serving the animals and people of Kaua'i! I am so proud to support the Kauai Humane Society and all the life saving work they do.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Having spent the past 9 days off Island in California, it was nice to be heading home to Kauai and reuniting with our two four leggeds. The gentleman sitting next to me shared his pending itinerary of activities planned for his six family member group and asked for a locals perspective for good eats locations. I was happy to share my mana'o of places and activities he had planned to visit.

Just before deplaning, the gentleman asked about places on island to visit that allowed dogs for his family had planned on getting a four legged from KHS to share time with . Long before their flight reservations were bought and paid for, he had read about the Kauai Humane Society's field trip program for dogs. The prospect of leaving their 8 year old Black Lab at home left a void in their Kauai plans. He reminisced that knowing they could share their experience with another canine cinched the trip would be one for great adventures, hiking mountain trails and strolls on the east sides bike and ped path.

His pre planned itinerary covered most of the dog friendly places fro Kauai. So, I just smiled, said it looked like he's got the basses covered and wished them the best for their vacation. Knowing the dedicated staff and volunteers that are the face of KHS will do more than can be expected, I was warmed to be part of this Organization.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Love that they are open intake for Kauai. They have great programs such as the Field Trip Program where people can take a dog out for the day and get them out of the shelter for a break, a hike or just a day at the beach. I also love the Transfer program and others that get more animals adopted and transferred to forever homes.
Thank you for all you do.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great foster care program. Too bad I failed twice and gave two fosters a forever home! Lots of support and help from staff when you foster. And it gives many animals another chance.

Elizabeth

Joel E.

Client Served

Rating: 5

KHS is by far the cleanest and most welcoming shelter we've ever visited. Every single staff member was friendly, knowledgeable, and demonstrated overwhelming love for the animals in their care. The field trip program is an amazing opportunity to get a dog out of the shelter for a day and enabled us to fall in love with our new pupper Tiny Tim! KHS made adoption easy from a logistical standpoint, even though we live on the mainland. The client services manager Hope Ramirez took care of all the logistical issues related to adopting an island dog and within 3 days we were reunited with our little man Tim in Seattle. It was a very easy process and we cannot say enough good things! We are so proud to offer Tiny Tim a forever home and it likely wouldn't have happened if it weren't for the Field Trip program!

1 Ashley J.5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first learned about KHS in 2014 as a result of their field trip program and quickly fell in love with the program, spending almost every day of our Kauai vacations taking dogs out for the day. When Mirah Horowitz became their new Executive Director in 2018, I took on a more active role at KHS even though I don't live on Kauai, volunteering remotely to help with their transfer program as well as working on grant applications for them. Being in the animal welfare sector is difficult, but KHS's obstacles are amplified as a result of a limited on-island population and increased shipping costs to get vital supplies to their location. In spite of being faced with severely limited resources, KHS steps up every day to do the absolute best they can to serve the animals of Kauai. I'm happy to get to help be a small part of their lifesaving efforts and believe they are doing a great job making a difference in the lives of Kauai's animals!

Krisztina S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Any dog or cat that ends up at this shelter is a lucky one indeed. There is so much love and dedication to the animals. As someone who has volunteered at the shelter, I can say that the streamlined system they have developed to help animals, and the community is excellent. It is no wonder that people in the community sometimes jokingly refer to the Kauai Humane Society as the "Kauai Hilton". I'm very proud of our island's shelter.

Client Served

Rating: 5

On my first trip to Kauai, I went to visit a family friend of ours who worked at KHS. Through this meeting, I learned about the field trip program for dogs at KHS! What a great idea to take shelter dogs out for the day! It is great for the dogs and great for connecting those dogs with possible adopters. On my 3rd trip to Kauai, my husband and I went to visit KHS to take a pup out for a field trip, and they were all already out having amazing adventures, so we ended up visiting the kitties! One particular little baby chose us to be her new parents,and we adopted a kitty from KHS, even though we are from WA and had stops in CA and MA before returning to WA. Little Kalea is our most treasured gift from that trip, and we are so thankful to KHS for the services they provide for the animals of Kauai and for allowing us to expand our fur family with such an amazing addition.