Surrending a Pet

Surrending a Pet

We realize how difficult it can be to surrender an animal. Because of the significance of your decision, we want to ensure that you understand our policies on surrendered animals.

The Kaua’i Humane Society is an “open admission” shelter. This means that we accept any animal who comes to us in need of care.  We do our very best to make sure all animals surrendered to our care have their best chance at finding a loving home, but we cannot guarantee this. Animals that pose a significant safety hazard to people or other animals or animals that are medically suffering may not be put up for adoption.

When you surrender your pet, you are transferring ownership of that animal to the Kaua’i Humane Society. From that point forward, the staff at KHS will determine the best path forward for your pet.

If you are having trouble keeping your pet, but do not want to surrender him or her, we may be able to help. We offer limited emergency boarding spots as well as a pet food bank: Gomez Galley.

If you do need to surrender your pet, please bring any veterinary records you have to the shelter when you come to surrender.  This will expedite our intake process and ensure we don’t repeat any previous veterinary work.


  • $50 suggested donation per pet is requested to help KHS with the cost of caring your your animal in its first days at the shelter.
  • $25 transport fee applies to any animals picked up from their owners for surrender. Call 808-632-0610 to make transportation arrangements.