Is Your Pet Disaster Prepped?

Disasters can strike without warning, leaving both humans and pets in vulnerable situations. At the Kaua’i Humane Society, we understand the importance of being prepared for the unexpected. Just like our neighbors in Maui faced the devastating wildfires of 2023, resulting in around 800 animals entering the Maui Humane Society and more than 400 pet owners displaced due to the fires. In 1992, Kauai experienced the destructive force of Hurricane Iniki, leaving 1,400 homes destroyed.

We’re committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of our shelter and community animals during times of crisis. That’s why we’re launching a special Disaster Prep Fundraiser from April 15th to 28th. Join us in our mission to equip our shelter and island for natural disasters.

Keeping You and Your Pet Safe

“Disasters are hard enough, but not being prepared increases the distress to the situation. KHS wants to ensure that not only is the shelter prepared to accept an increase of displaced animals, but that we also have the resources to share with those housing at Red Cross shelters.” – Nicole Schafer Crane

Step 1: Make a Plan

Prepare for emergencies to ease stress for you and your pets. Remember, if you have to evacuate, your pets should too, as leaving them behind can lead to loss or harm. Here are some key steps to include in your plan:

Things to include in your plan:

  • Have an evacuation plan for your pet. Kaua’i public shelters allow pets inside. Know a safe place where you can take your pets before disasters and emergencies happen.
  • Develop a buddy system. Plan with neighbors, friends, or relatives to make sure that someone is available to care for or evacuate your pets if you are unable to do so.
  • Have your pet microchipped. Make sure to keep your address and phone number up-to-date and include contact information for an emergency contact outside of your immediate area. Learn more about microchipping here.
  • Contact your local emergency management office or animal shelter to get additional advice and information if you’re unsure how to care for your pet in case of an emergency.

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Step 2: Build a Kit for Your Pet

Prepare emergency kits for your pets just as you do for your family. Regularly review contents, especially food and medicines, to ensure freshness.

Items for the pet emergency kit:

  • Food and water supply
  • Medications
  • First aid kit (visit for How to Make a Pet First Aid Kit guide)
  • Collar with ID, leash, and registration documents
  • Traveling carrier
  • Grooming supplies
  • Sanitation items
  • Photo of you and your pet together
  • Familiar items like toys and bedding

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Watch our Full Breakdown of How to Make Your Pets’ Kit Below

Step 3: Stay Up To Date

With a plan in place and your kit ready and packed, now it’s best to stay on top of disaster prep by:

  1. Know Pet-Friendly Shelters: Familiarize yourself with emergency shelters on the island.
  2. Keep Microchip Address & Phone Number Up-To-Date: Ensure your pet’s microchip is registered and up-to-date.

Pet-Friendly Shelters List for Kauai
*Not every shelter on this list will be opened during an emergency.* Check news media and county website (
during emergencies for listings of open shelters.


Kauai High School

Kauai War Memorial

Philippine Cultural Center

Kapaa High School
Kapaa Middle School

Eleele Elementary School

Koloa Elementary
Kalaheo Elementary School

Waimea Canyon Middle School
Waimea High School

This is your pet’s ticket home to you! Make sure to keep your address and phone number up-to-date and include contact information for an emergency contact outside of your immediate area.

Register Pet Microchip: Book a microchip appointment with Kauai Humane Society here and after your pet is chipped, it’s a good precaution to register your pet’s microchip nationally too at

Update Your Pet’s Microchip: Send us your updated contact info by either emailing with your new email, hone number, and or address and on the national database at

Help Us Be A Beacon of Hope for Kaua’i Pets


The Kauai Humane Society is the only refuge for Kaua’is homeless and community pets and we need your help to equip for unprecedented emergencies. Your support ensures we have essential items like food, water bowls, and crates ready to go when disaster strikes, safeguarding the well-being of our furry friends during challenging times.

You can help us be ready in the following ways:

Make A Monetary Donation

Your funds will directly supports our efforts to provide essential resources for our shelter and community pets during disasters. Every contribution, no matter the size, makes a difference.

Sponsor A Kit

Prepare our shelter animals and community pets during emergencies. With over 200 cats and dogs in our care, your sponsorship directly provides essential supplies. Choose a Cat or Dog Kit to ensure they’re prepared.

Dog Kit – $125

Includes: spray bottle for cleaning, food and water bowl, leash, collar, pee pads, cage/crate

Cat Kit – $110

Includes: spray bottle for cleaning, food and water bowl, litter box and scoop, hammock, cage/crate

Box with Puppy
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These carefully selected items reflect our genuine needs to ensure effective disaster preparedness at Kaua’i Humane Society.