Is your vacation incomplete without a canine companion?
Simply come by the shelter to “check out” one of our dogs for a day trip on one of many Kaua`i’s dog friendly beaches or hiking trails.
Upon arrival, you will be introduced to our most gracious dogs. After the match is made, we’ll dress your dog for the occasion in an ‘adopt me’ vest, and you do the rest.
The main goal of the program is for you to enjoy the natural beauty of our lovely Garden Island and to get your “dog fix” by taking along one of our shelter dogs on your adventure. The dogs stay happy, healthy, and well-adjusted with this valuable time spent outdoors and you have fun providing them socialization with a variety of people prior to adoption.
“The Kauai Humane Society doesn’t loan out all their dogs for field trips, just the ones who can handle themselves like Maria. Straight out of central casting, she’s a scrappy mix between an Australian cattle dog and a terrier with maybe a dash of dingo thrown in, but after a few months stay here, she knows the drill. These excursions are a win/win for everyone: The shelter’s residents get their exercise and a change of scenery while volunteers get to hang out with locals who know the terrain on Hawaii’s oldest island.” -Amanda Ross, the Globe and Mail
By the way, it’s okay to fall in love! On average, we adopt four dogs a month to visitors who meet the love of their life at our shelter. It’s affordable and we are happy to help with the process. Click here to see where some of our dogs are now living!
Kauai residents are welcome to participate in this program as well. We allow two field trips per resident. After the second field trip, residents will be asked to attend one of our volunteer orientations to become more familiar with KHS.
“The Kaua’i Humane Society has a fantastic program that allows socialized shelter dogs to go on day-long field trips with visitors on a first come, first served basis. Other visitors stay on site and play with a dog inside a fenced area. ” – Greg Nelson, The El Pueblo
Field trip hours hours are Monday & Saturday 10:00am-3:00pm, Tuesday-Friday 10:00am-6:00pm.
11 am – 1 pm Tuesday-Friday
10 am – 12 pm Monday & Saturday
5:00 pm Tuesday – Friday
3:00 pm Monday & Saturday
Dog-friendly places to visit include
Maha`ulepu Beach, Poipu
Kalapaki Beach, Lihue
Sleeping Giant, Wailua
Moalepe Trail, Wailua
Wailua Abroretum, 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.
- Do I need to pay to take a dog on a field trip?
No. Your credit card number will be recorded for a $200 deposit in the event the dog is not returned. We ask a suggested donation of $25+ if you are able to donate to help keep our programs going.
- Can I keep them overnight?
Please speak with kennel staff in regards to your accommodations, etc, as it is a case-by-case basis. Overnights are generally reserved for potential adopters, and we will accommodate you if you are interested in adoption if we are able.
- Can I let the dog off-leash?
Dogs must be on leash at all times. Dogs are not allowed off-leash.
- What should I do with my field trip dog?
Take them to the beach (see above), on a hike, out for shave ice (Wailua Shave Ice in Kapa’a is our favorite for dogs!). The bike path in Kapa’a is a nice stroll. Use the dog’s write-up or ask staff where might be best to take your particular dog, as not all dogs are created equal (and not all dogs love the ocean or to go hiking!)
- Can I bring my other dogs too?
We recommend brining your dog in for a meet-and-greet prior to taking them out together for the day. Speak to a staff member for more info on meet-and-greets.
- Can I take more than one dog out on a field trip?
We encourage kennel mates to go out together, as they have been tested to share space. We do not allow taking out multiples who are not housed together.
- What do I do if someone wants to adopt a dog I have on a field trip?
Great news! We love to hear that. Send them to KHS to complete the necessary steps like meeting family and other pets.
- Can I take my field trip dog swimming?
If they want to swim, they do still need to stay on leash, and can swim at any approved beaches (see above).
- What hours can I have my field trip dog away from the shelter?
Monday & Saturday, pick up is between 10am and 12pm, and all dogs MUST be back no later than 3pm
Tuesday-Friday, pick up is between 11am and 1pm, and all dogs MUSt be back to the shelter no later than 5pm
- Do I need to feed them dinner while we are out?
no need to worry! They will get dinner upon their return to the shelter. You can always offer treats and Wailua Shave Ice (we recommend Wailua for shave ice, as they serve a dog-friendly plain, no artificial flavors, no dye, no high fructose corn syrup shave ice!)
- How do I know if my field trip dog is good with kids or other dogs? Can my kids hold the dog? Can my dog meet other dogs we run into out walking?
All the information we know about your shelter dog can be found out b reading the notes yon their kennel, in the field trip binder on the front counter, or by asking a staff member. No one under 18 can hold the leash under any circumstances. We do not recommend introducing your dog to any other dogs you may meet out and about, for your safety and theirs.
- Can I bring them to a dog park? What do I do if my field trip dog gets away from me?
As the dogs cannot be off leash, they can also not venture out to any dog parks, including the one at KHS. If your field trip dog gets away from you, please call us at 808.632.0610 immediately so we can get someone out to assist you in recovering the dog.