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Surrendering a Pet

We realize how difficult it can be to surrender an animal.  Because of the significance of your decision, we want to ensure that you understand our policies on surrendered animals.

It is important to know that the 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 5,000 domestic animals.  There are not enough homes for all of these animals.  The island of Kauai and our country as a whole are experiencing a tragic pet overpopulation problem, with approximately four million animals being euthanized annually nationwide.  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.

It is essential that you understand all of this, and that you understand that you are transferring ownership of your animal when you surrender him/her to the Kauai Humane Society.  After you surrender your animal, our staff will examine and evaluate him/her to decide whether he/she can be placed into our adoption program.  At the time you surrender your animal, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to make him/her available for adoption.  If he/she is made available for adoption, we cannot guarantee that he/she will be adopted.

Animals that will not be placed into our adoption program

The following is a list of conditions under which an animal may not be placed for adoption:

  • If they are under eight weeks of age or under two pounds
  • If their advanced age is causing extreme medical or physical problems
  • If they are in poor general health or physical condition
  • If their temperament or behavior is such that they would not adapt well to a new home
  • If they are showing extreme signs of stress due to being placed in a kennel environment
  • If they show signs of a communicable disease that could infect other animals
  • If there is no space available in our adoption kennels

Depending on the specifics of the animal’s condition and availability of space, some animals with these conditions may be placed in foster care, held for treatment and/or observation, or until they are old enough to be made available for adoption.

Animals that are placed into our adoption program

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.  They may also be euthanized if our adoption areas become overcrowded and we need to make room for new incoming animals.  Any animal who must be euthanized (humanely put to death) will be administered a painless injection of sodium pentobarbital.

If you wish to inquire about your animal, you may do so by calling the shelter (808) 632-0610 extension 101.  Please save your receipt to assist us in providing you with information.  

Surrender fees

$35 per pet
$25 additional fee if we transport. Call 808-632-0610 to make transportation arrangements.

Shelter hours and contact information

Monday and Saturday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Tuesday through Friday 11:00 am to 6:00 pm
Closed Sundays and major holidays

Contact: 3-825 Kaumualii Highway in Pihu (PO Box 3330, Lihue, HI 96766)
(808) 632-0610