Lost and Found Pets

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 emailing the Kaua’i Humane Society. Because your description of your pet may differ from ours, we ask that you send a photo to lostpets@kauaihumane.org along with the details listed below:
    • Owners first and last name 
    • Owners best contact Phone number 
    • Owners physical address
    • Your missing pets name
    • Color description and any “special markings” your pet might have (for example: white tip tail)
    • Breed of your pet 
    • Is your pet male or female?
    • Age of your pet 
    • Where your pet was last seen 
    • How long your pet has been missing 
    • If your pet is Licensed/Microchipped, please include their ID number
  • 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
    • Craigslist
    • Neighborhood apps like Nextdoor
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 customerservice@kauaihumane.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 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.

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 returning a pet to their owner.  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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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 email photos and details of the animal and where you found it to lostpets@kauaihumane.org then we can add the description to our lost & found pet page. 
  3. You can also check social media to see if anyone has reported the pet missing or lost.