Kauai Humane Society

Frequently Asked Questions About KHS

  • What is the mission of the Kauai Humane Society? 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.
  • What is the Kauai Humane Society and how is it funded? The Kauai Humane Society is a local, independent 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Since 1952, KHS has been serving the island of Kauai as its only animal welfare organization. Kauai Humane Society is not affiliated with any other local or national animal welfare organization and depend on generous contributions from individuals and businesses to continue to fund programs and services that are vital to our island community and the animals we love.
  • Is KHS affiliated with the ASPCA or HSUS? No, KHS is a local, non-profit organization. We are not affiliated with, nor do we receive funding from, any national animal welfare organization.
  • What is the adoption process like? Visiting the adoption kennels to choose a new best friend is an enjoyable experience and one that we advise you to take your time doing.  We offer you the opportunity to speak with a staff person and meet with as many animals as you’d like.  Please allow yourself plenty of time to choose your new companion and work with an adoption counselor.  On average the adoption process may take an hour or two to complete.
  • What is included in an adoption? Each dog adoption includes spay/neuter surgery, vaccinations, deworming, flea treatment, heart worm testing, and a microchip. Each cat adoption includes all of the above, plus a collar. Dog adopters are responsible for bringing or purchasing a collar and leash, and cat adopters are responsible for bringing or purchasing a suitable carrier. Both dog and cat adopters are required to purchase a license at the time of adoption.
  • What do I do if I suspect animal cruelty or neglect? If you observe any animal you believe is not receiving proper care, contact the Kauai Humane Society at (808) 632-0610, extension 100.
  • What do I do if I have found a lost animal? If you have found a pet, we ask that the pet be safely contained to prevent any further danger to him/her.  If you are able to, please transport the pet in a safe manner (on leash or in pet carrier) to our shelter in Puhi.  If you are unable to transport the contained pet, a humane officer may be able to assist you.  Please call our office at (808) 632-0610, extension 100. After business hours, please call (808) 241-1711. Please click here for more information and our procedures regarding incoming stray animals.
  • What is KHS’s stance on feral cats? Feral cats can be well managed through responsible trap, neuter and return programs. This requires a dedicated and responsible colony caretaker that is willing to provide for the overall care and safe management of a colony. This includes sterilization, feeding, veterinary care for the sick or injured, euthanasia when warranted and the humane removal of kittens and socialized cats.  Kittens and socialized cats should be placed in an adoption program to place them into responsible homes. KHS has an active sterilization program for feral cats and our surgery numbers for 2014 were up 38% over the previous year. A colony caretaker should have the landowner’s permission to maintain the colony on their property and be willing to address any problems that may be caused by the colony.   Feral cats should not be in a wildlife sensitive habitat or nesting areas. Nor should they be located in a culturally sensitive location. There should be a determined buffer zone surrounding these areas. KHS is also cognizant of the devastating impact that feral cats may have on wildlife. On Kauai it is magnified because of our endangered and threatened species that desperately need protection from a number inherent dangers.
  • How many animals does KHS care for each year? The Kauai Humane Society is the island’s only full-service animal welfare organization.  As an “open-door” shelter, we do not turn any animal away; we accept every animal brought to us.  Subsequently, we receive approximately 4,300 animals a year from the community; 80% of these animals are strays, lost or abandoned.  The shelter is always full as a result.
  • How long do you keep animals at your shelter? At the Kauai Humane Society every effort is made to find permanent, responsible and loving homes for animals in our adoption program.  Once an animal is placed into our adoption program there is no set holding period.  Animals may remain for a day, a week, a month or longer.  Animals available for adoption will be euthanized if there is a decline in their health, temperament or physical condition.
  • What do I do if I can no longer keep my pet? We realize how difficult it can be to surrender an animal.  Kauai Humane Society is an “open door” shelter.  This means that we accept any animal who comes to us in need of care.  Because of this, last year our shelter received more than 4,300 domestic animals.  There are not enough homes for all of these animals.  At the Kauai Humane Society our goal is to find a loving family for every animal, but unfortunately there are simply more animals than there are people who want to adopt them. Click here for more information on surrendering an animal to KHS.
  • Can you guarantee my surrendered pet will be adopted? Even if the animal is placed for adoption we cannot make any guarantees that someone will choose that particular animal. Animals available for adoption are continuously evaluated for their health and continued contentment in the kennel environment.   We do everything we can to provide our animals with a healthy nurturing environment. Dogs from our adoption kennels are exercised by staff and volunteers multiple times daily and have play sessions with other dogs in the outside exercise yards.  Most dogs are able to participate in our Field Trip Program and this helps keep them socialized to the outside world, happy, healthy and well adjusted. Our cats have colony rooms with access to the outside where they are able to lounge in the warm sunshine. They are able to climb, hide in boxes or play in an open space. Animals may be removed from the adoption kennels for a health or temperament issue and possibly placed in a foster home or euthanized.  Each animal is evaluated on an individual basis.
  • I’ve lost my pet. What do I do? Come to KHS immediately to look for your animal.  Complete a lost report and attach a current color photo of your pet, noting any distinctive markings, collars and tags. Click here for more tips.
  • Do you offer spay/neuter or vaccination services? Yes, the Kauai Humane Society offers both low-cost spay/neuter and vaccinations. KHS is proud to offer low-cost spay/neuter services for pets in our community with same day drop-off and pick-up. KHS also holds low-cost pet vaccination clinics on the first Saturday of each month from 8-11:00 am.