Missing your 4-legged friend? Take a shelter dog on a field trip and get your doggie fix!

KHS is pleased to offer our Field Trip program to visitors and locals alike!  Enjoy the natural beauty of the Garden Island, get your “dog fix,” and give a shelter dog a break from the kennels all at the same time!

“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

How does it work?

Come to the shelter during our pick up hours, let our staff match you with an appropriate field trip buddy, and then off you go!  Be sure you bring your pup back by the designated return hours.



Pick up: 11-1pm

Return by 5pm


Saturday & Sunday

Pick up: 10-12 am

Return by 3pm

We’ll give you some advice depending on where to go on the day of your adventure, depending on the dog you choose and the weather outside. Suggestions often 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 charged a $200 deposit in the event the dog is not returned.
    • Dogs must be transported in an enclosed vehicle and must be tethered to the seats (no riding in an open convertible or in the open bed of a truck).
  • Dogs must be on leash at all times.  NO EXCEPTIONS.

  • Do I need to pay to take a dog on a field trip?

We ask a suggested donation of at least $25 to help care for our shelter animals.  Your donation makes it possible to not only keep our field trip program but also to ensure our animals have the very best care until they are adopted.

  • Can I keep them overnight?

Unfortunately, no.  We do not allow overnight field trips.

  • Can I let the dog off-leash?

Absolutely not. For your safety, our dog’s safety, and the safety of other people and pets, all dogs must be on leash at all times.

  • What should I do with my field trip dog?

We have plenty of hikes and beaches to suggest!  You can also take them for shave ice (Wailua Shave Ice in Kapa’a is our favorite for dogs!) or for a stroll on the bike path in Kapa’a.

  • Can I bring my other dogs too?

Unfortunately, no.  We ask that our field trip dogs be the only 4 legged friend enjoying your company for the day!

  • Can I take more than one dog out on a field trip?

Our policy is one dog per car.  If you have two cars in your group – and two adults to handle the dogs, then you’re welcome to take kennel mates out 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 or our website to get the adoption process rolling.  We also see a lot of our field trippers ask to adopt their dog for the day. We can help you make that happen!

  • Can I take my field trip dog swimming?

Sure! If they want to swim, that is fine but please keep them on leash at all times in the water.

  • What hours can I have my field trip dog away from the shelter?

Please refer to the webpage of times.

  • Do I need to feed them while we are out?

Nope They will get dinner upon their return to the shelter. Treats, however, are always welcome – and we provide them for you to give!

  • 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?

Ask us!  The shelter staff are a wealth of knowledge.  We also have a field trip diary where you can read about prior experiences with particular dogs.  A note for families: for insurance purposes, no one under 18 can hold the leash under any circumstances. In addition, 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 x105 immediately so we can get someone out to assist you in recovering the dog.