Lost and Found Pets
We know how distressing it can be to lose a pet, and we want to help you find your lost pet as quickly as possible. We recommend taking the following steps as soon as your pet is known to be lost.
- Report your pet lost by filling out this MISSING PET REPORT. This information goes straight to our staff so we can help keep an eye out on the streets, in the shelter and on social media.
- If your animal is not located currently in the shelter, we will post your pet’s information, picture, and your contact details to our Facebook page to facilitate community awareness.
- Because animals come in and out of the shelter throughout the day, we ask that you check back in with us every 2-3 days for an update on whether your pet may be at the shelter. If you happen to find your pet without our assistance, please be sure to notify us that you have been reunited.
- Monitor our website. You may also view our stray intakes HERE.
- Create a flyer. A flyer with a clear, large photo of your pet’s face and body, your phone number, last known location, and a short description to help identify the dog is best. Words should be legible from a passing car. Pawboost, PetFBI, and FindToto all have great free templates. Please bring your flyer to KHS and post around where you lost your pet.
- Advertise! One of the most successful ways to find a lost pet is with flyers placed around your neighborhood. There are also several great online posting options including:
- Facebook – community sites such as Kauai Buy and Sell & Kauai Lost and Found
- Instagram – community sites and outreach
- Contact local media for shout-outs or ads – Kong Radio, H. Hawaii Media
- Neighborhood apps like Nextdoor
- Use the Michelson Found Animals’ Missing Pet Flyer Generator to quickly create a missing pet flyer here.
PREVENTING A LOST PET FROM STAYING LOST
The best method of reuniting lost pets with owners is IDENTIFICATION.
All animals who enter the Humane Society are scanned for microchips. Owners will also be quickly called if a dog or cat has a collar with identification or a current county license. Keeping microchip and license information up to date at KHS is critical to helping us find you if your pet ends up at the shelter. Changes may be made via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or over the phone.
If KHS has your dog, what happens?
Stray animals who enter the shelter without identification are held for 48 hours before becoming available for adoption or transfer. Stray animals with identification such as a microchip or Kauai County License are held for nine days, and KHS staff will both phone the registered owner and send a notice of impound to the address on record. Owners must reclaim before the end of the ninth day at the shelter or the pet is presumed to be abandoned and will be made available for adoption or transfer if medically and behaviorally suitable. Please note that KHS cannot reclaim your dog once it has been legally adopted or transferred.
Due to COVID-19, if your pet is in custody at the Kauai Humane Society, an appointment must be made for you to come in and complete the process for reclaiming your pet. Should you come in without an appointment, the staff will be happy to help you once an opening becomes available. We will try to schedule you for the same day although same day service may not be guaranteed at this time. We appreciate your understanding and patience through the hurdles COVID-19 has presented.
If you have found a dog or cat that does not belong to you, we recommend taking the following steps:
- Check for visible forms of identification, such as an ID tag, license, or phone number on a collar. Please try to reach the owner via that contact information.
- If there is no way to reach the owner, please make an appointment to bring the animal to KHS so we can scan him or her for a microchip or look up the license number and contact information. Our goal is to reunite the pets with their owners ASAP.
- You can also check social media to see if anyone has reported the pet missing or lost.
If you have found kittens, please see the below flowchart.
- It is vital that small kittens stay with their mother. Removing them from their nesting place could cause them serious harm, including death.
- Please only bring kittens to KHS if you are absolutely sure they have been abandoned by the mother.