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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: Our goal is to help ease the stresses of overcrowded shelters. We foster often harder to place dogs and find loving forever homes. All dogs are cared for in homes.

Target demographics: Adoptable dogs

Geographic areas served: Pacific Northwest

Programs: Temporary home, adoption, veterinary care, training

Community Stories

20 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Savannah M.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I feel so fortunate to have adopted through Poi Dog Rescue. Alisha really went above and beyond to make sure Mordy (previously known as Legend) was in a good home. She checked in on him, if I had any questions she was quick to respond. She also gave me a lot of dog items when I adopted him (leash, collar, pee pads, toys, treats, and food). I highly recommend them to anyone looking to adopt.

Mordy is the love of my life and I owe it to Poi Dog Rescue.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

My sister got her little guy from Poi. They are incredibly friendly and amazing to work with. Thank you so much for bringing us this little bit of joy.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

We got our boy Dudley through Poi Dog Rescue and to this date it’s been the best decision we’ve ever made. Dudley brings so much joy to our lives and the whole experience was a breeze to get Dudley from Hawaii to Washington State safely via airplane through this rescue. I highly recommend for anyone searching for their future best friend!!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Poidog Rescue came to our rescue when we decided we wanted to adopt. Alisha Holland was great to work with and we found our sweet boy Bodie. She gets dogs from high kill shelters in Hawaii, fosters them in Bellingham, WA, at her wonderful facility and then finds them furever homes. We can’t thank her enough.

1 Lori E.5

Client Served

Rating: 5

My experience with Poi Dog Rescue was wonderful. I was looking for a medium size dog and found one on Petfinder, which directed me to Poi Dog Rescue. I contacted Alisha and set a time for me to bring my family to meet him. We sat on a blanket in the yard and watched him play with the other dogs. We didn't feel rushed at all. After deciding to adopt Rigby (his new name) Alisha invited us to bring our other dog over to meet him before confirming the adoption. Again, Alisha was very accommodating and let them have some time to get to know each other a bit. When we adopted Rigby we were provided with all his paperwork w/shot history. He has become a great addition to our family and we love the fact that he came from the Big Island where they have an abundance of orphans.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Alisha saved my dog Bowser from Yakima Humane Society. He was there for 2 months so if she hadn't done that he might have been euthanized. Poi Dog Rescue saved my dog and gave him another chance at life. Now he is living happier than ever and I can say the same for myself with my new companion. Every step of the adoption process was smooth and easy and she even gave me a bunch of free stuff like a bed, food bowl, treats and food to get me started with owning a dog.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Poi Dog Rescue is an amazing nonprofit Organization. We adopted 2 sister puppies in February 2020 from Kona.
Alisha and staff care so much to help adopt these rescues to good homes. They set us up for success with suppling us with all the necessary items to bring them home that very day (bowls, leashes, treats, food.)

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our doggo Tonks from Poi Dog Rescue. Alisha was incredibly helpful in connecting us with the perfect dog for our family, making sure the adjustment period went well, that we had the appropriate medical records for Tonks, and that we had time to see how she got along with our cat. Would absolutely recommend working with this rescue!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted Melia 2 months ago from Poi Dog Rescue and they were absolutely fantastic. Melia had a bag ready to go with everything I could need: food, treats, toys, medication, a blanket, a long and short leash, and more. I felt comfortable and ready to take my new family member home. They also answered any questions I had after bringing her home. I would definitely adopt from them again!

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She looks so good! =}

1 Tim G.4

Client Served

Rating: 5

Wonderful from start to finish! Such a great service connecting puppies with new forever homes!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted a fantastic pup in April. Our experience was amazing and I cannot recommend this nonprofit enough. She brings the dogs into her personal home and connects with people to make sure it is the right place for both dog and human. We were actually denied for our first choice, but directed to a pup that was a better fit for our family and situation. Very happy and will look here first if we want to adopt another pup.

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Alisha Holland of Poi Dog Rescue is one of my favorite people to collaborate with rescuing dogs. At the very heart of this is that she wholeheartedly cares about dogs. I would characterize her as generous, hard-working, intelligent, kind-hearted, positive and no-nonsense.

We first became acquainted when she was visiting Hawaii and wished to take a homeless puppy back to Washington with her to find her a home there. I was the Veterinarian at Hawaii Island Humane Society (HIHS) at the time and was also coordinating HIHS’s Mainland Transfer program. I am a huge stickler for Animal Welfare and very cautious about where our pets end up so I was initially wary of this stranger’s intentions.

The puppy (Abigail) was quickly adopted into an amazing home in Washington and Ms. Holland yearned to help more dogs of Hawaii find their forever homes on the mainland. I worked with her for a little over a year before I quit working at HIHS. In that time, HIHS transferred over 50 puppies and dogs to her foster based program.

On our island of Hawaii, there is a serious pet overpopulation problem and need to find homes in other communities. Help from partner organizations on the mainland is critical to reducing pet suffering. I am so grateful to have had the chance to work with Ms. Holland to help so many dogs find amazing forever homes. Her love for dogs pushes her to learn and strive to give the most exemplary care to every dog she brings into Poi Dog Rescue. Similarly, she puts substantial effort into finding each puppy and dog the home/family that matches the best. She does not abandon the adopter once the pet is placed but remains available to facilitate the transition even in situations where severe pre-existing health concerns become discovered.

We have established a close relationship because she constantly goes above and beyond to serve the dogs she rescues. She often still consults me on preventative health questions and treatment of infectious diseases not endemic to Washington. She works closely with her local Veterinarians but seeks to supplement their advice and recommendations because they may not have experience with some of the Veterinary issues seen in Hawaii or other rural parts of the mainland. I continue to work with her through rescue programs other than HIHS and look forward to being a part of what she does to help improve the lives of dogs from Hawaii and other areas.

Sincerely,
Kristina Kanani Henricks, PhD, DVM, MS

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I follow Poi Dog on social media as an avid animal lover.. They work tirelessly in helping the huge burden that shelters on the big island Hawaii endure by flying the dogs to Washington volunteers who then Foster and find forever homes. What an operation! So impressed by all their work and love for these animals!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

PDR does amazing things to help dogs that need homes... very impressed

1 Claire Herold C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We got our sweet pup from Poi Dog Rescue, and they were honest, knowledgeable, forthcoming with information, and helpful with the entire process. Could not have been happier with the way they facilitated the adoption.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Poi Dog Rescue was professional and easy to work with. Alisha answered all of our questions and even gave us a starter kit including leash, collar and teething toys. We are absolutely in love with our new puppy and would adopt from this rescue again.

1 Robin Jane R.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My first encounter with Poi Dog Rescue was on Facebook and Instagram. I saw a dog that I couldn't resist. Alesha was really responsive to my questions about his temperament and needs. She encouraged me to fill out an application and was quick to get back to me with further questions and an interview.

Baker, my little guy, is so sweet and kind. He was exceptionally cared for while in the foster of Poi Dog Rescue. They provided me with complete medical records, import records and a huge goodie bag to help us get started on our life together.

Though I hope for a long, long life with Baker, if I am ever looking to adopt a new pup, I wouldn't hesitate to work with Alesha and Poi Dog Rescue.

1 Sheri B.4

Client Served

Rating: 5

We went to POI thinking we'd be adopting bonded sisters. However, Cherish a very shy puppy who seemed a little scared came up to our little girl and put her head on her shoulder. It was love at first hug. She fits in to our home wonderfully. She loves to play with the other dogs ans snuggle with us. Mostly she likes long walks as long as you carry her

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Made a long drive to Bellingham (from Cle Elum) however it was very much worth it. Our new dog Tink is great. She has been a welcome addition to our family-- though she likes to be mischievous on occasion. We are thrilled!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

We had a really wonderful experience with Poi Dog Rescue. Not only did they help us find the perfect new addition to our family but Alisha was really great at following up with additional paperwork and getting questions answered. It's clear that this rescue is run with a lot of love and it's also apparent that they stay in touch with a lot of their adopters and really care about the families their dogs are placed with.