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Procedures for Off-island Adoptions

Visiting the island? It’s okay to fall in love with a Kauai dog or cat! Many people do. An average of four pets are adopted and flown to the mainland each month. It’s affordable and we are very happy to help with the process.

When you adopt from KHS, you are getting more than just a great new friend! Our adoption packages also include a variety of services worth more than $300.

Dogs are tested for heartworm, provided preventative healthcare, spayed or neutered, microchipped, and temperament-tested. Adoption fees range from $60-$100.

Cats are provided preventative healthcare, spayed or neutered, microchipped, and behavior-evaluated.  Adoption fees range from $25-$150.

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Adoption fees:

Puppies (six months or younger) $150
Dogs (over six months) $60
Kittens (six months or younger) $60
Cats (over six months) $25

Airline reservations:

It is the adopter’s responsibility to arrange air travel for their new pet. Every airline has different policies and prices for shipping animals. Please check with your airline and make a reservation.

If you are on the island and will be taking your pet to the airport yourself, you will pay the airline fee directly, which is usually less expensive than flying your new pet as cargo once you return home.

If you do return home and decide that you would like to proceed with an adoption, we are happy to assist you. There are fees associated with this service.

If you need Kauai Humane Society to drop off your newly adopted pet, there will be a charge of $50 during KHS hours. If you need KHS to drop off your pet after hours, the cost will be $100.

Shipping crate:

Most airlines require a hard-sided, ventilated, bolted crate that is large enough for an animal to stand up, lie down and turn around in comfortably. The purchase of a suitable crate is the adopter’s responsibility. We recommend purchasing your carrier from Natural Pet Hawaii, as they will give a 10% discount to KHS adopters. Call Natural Pet at (808) 246-1738 to purchase your crate.

Travel pack:

This kit is available for $20 at KHS, or may be purchased at Natural Pet Hawaii. The kit includes food/water dishes and LIVE ANIMAL stickers for your crate. When your new pet leave KHS, we provide him or her with a frozen bowl of water and a bag of food.

Health certificate:

A health certificate is require by all airlines to prove that your new pet is healthy. Our staff veterinarian will issue the certificate, which will be attached to the top of your pet’s carrier. A health certificate is $30.

Rabies vaccination:

Dogs over three months of age leaving the state of Hawaii must be vaccinated for rabies. The cost for the vaccination and a rabies certificate is $20.

Kauai Humane contact information:

Call:  (808) 632-0610, extension 100 or 110.
Email: support@kauaihumane.org