Take A Dog For A Walk - Kauai Humane Society

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Kauai Humane Society
3-825 Kaumualii Highway (Just west of Puhi & KCC approximately one mile)
The Kauai Humane Society (KHS) has developed a unique program that gives our island visitors an opportunity to borrow a dog for the day. Many visitors miss  their dogs when they are away on vacation and realize they need their “dog fix.” Dog withdrawals can be satisfied by going to our Kauai Humane Society to pick up a friendly dog to share a day at the beach and/or a hike. The dogs wear an “adopt me” vest, which gives them a chance to possibly meet their next owner. Sometimes, the tourists take the dogs home with them permanently, too. This innovative program, called "Shelter Dogs on Field Trips", has been around since October 2012.
The main goal of the program is for people to enjoy the natural beauty of Kauai while taking along a shelter dog on an adventure. The dogs enjoy getting to hike, run on the beach, swim in the ocean but really enjoy receiving lots of love and attention.
People love the opportunity to take a field trip with a shelter dog. Many visitors actually return to KHS to do a second or third field trip during their vacation and have shared that it was the best part of their trip.
Borrowers are provided with water, bags, towels and all kinds of other goodies to make the experience even better.
By the way, it’s okay to fall in love! On average, four dogs a month are adopted to visitors. The Kauai Humane Society even helps orchestrate the trip home if you do choose to take your new friend back with you.
Pick-up hours
11 am – 1 pm Tuesday-Friday
10 am – 12 pm Saturday and Monday
Return by
5:00 pm Tuesday-Friday
3:00 pm Saturday and Monday
Dog-friendly places to visit include:
Mahaulepu Beach, Poipu
Kalapaki Beach, Lihue
Sleeping Giant, Wailua
Moalepe Trail, Wailua
Wailua Arboretum, Wailua
Koke’e State Park/Waimea Canyon
Most beaches allow dogs unless they are county-maintained beaches or parks. Kapa’a Beach Path is the only exception.
Participant must be at least 18 years old
Liability waiver must be signed.
Your credit card number will be recorded for a $200 deposit in the event the dog is not returned.
Dogs must be in an enclosed vehicle (no riding in an open convertible or in the open bed of a truck).
Dogs must be on leash at all times. Dogs are not allowed off-leash or in any dog park.