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 visiting the Kaua’i Humane Society. This can only be done in person as we will walk you through our kennels or cages to see if your pet may have been brought to the shelter. The shelter is located at: 3-825 Kaumualii Hwy Lihue, HI 96766. Plan to visit every 2-3 days to keep checking for your pet. Bring a photo and proof of ownership if your pet is not licensed or microchipped to assist with identification and reunification. KHS staff cannot identify animals over the phone and can only return an animal to the legal owner.
- 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
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 in person, via email (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 are held for 9 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 9th 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 on island.
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 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 reunited the pets with their owners ASAP.
- You can also check social media to see if anyone has reported the pet missing or lost.