Hawaiian Humane Society

Honolulu, Hawaii

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About Hawaiian Humane Society

Since 1883, the Hawaiian Humane Society has been fighting for animal rights on the island of Oahu. Even then, education was key in raising public awareness around the humane care and treatment of animals. The early vision and passion of its founding members still guides the society’s efforts today.

As Oahu’s only open-admissions shelter, more than 20,000 homeless animals pass through their doors every year. The society accepts all animals into their care no matter their age, health, or behavioral problems. There's also no time limit on how long they can stay at the shelter. No healthy adoptable animal will ever be euthanized to free up more space for another.

As a non-profit organization, Hawaiian Humane Society relies entirely on donations and income from adoption and service fees. In addition to a comprehensive adoption program, they also offer the following services:

  • Abuse/neglect investigations, animal rescue, and law enforcement
  • Lost and found pet service
  • Low-cost microchipping
  • Volunteer programs
  • Owner surrendered intakes
  • Low-cost spay/neuter clinics
  • Foster care programs
  • Trap, Neuter, Return program
  • End-of-life care
  • Youth and community education

They house a large number of cats, dogs, small mammals, exotic species, and even farm animals at any one time. Could your new best friend be waiting for you at Hawaiian Humane Society? Contact them today to find out!

Contact Info

2700 Waialae Ave
(808) 946-2187
Not provided

Hours of Operation

Mon - Sun: 10:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Adoption Process

If you're interested in adopting from Hawaiian Humane Society, here’s how it works:

  1. Begin by viewing all the available pets online. The listings are updated daily and in real-time to avoid disappointment! Speak to an adoption representative over the phone while browsing pets on their website.
  2. Adoptions are by appointment only. Contact the shelter directly to arrange an appointment once you are ready to adopt. Appointments can either be on or off-campus.
  3. When you have found the perfect fit for you, a friendly team member will finalize the adoption with you.

A few things to note about the adoption process at Hawaiian Humane Society:

  • To be eligible to adopt, you must be 18+ years old with a valid photo ID.
  • Doggie meet-and-greets are encouraged if you already have another four-legged friend at home.
  • There's a retail store at the shelter should you need to pick up any pet essentials before skipping off home together!

Adoption Fees

Adoption fees at Hawaiian Humane Society are as follows:


  • Puppies (up to 6 months): $250
  • Adults (7+ months): $100
  • Seniors (6+ years): $50


  • Kittens (up to 6 months): $100
  • Adults (7+ months): $50
  • Seniors (6+ years): $25

Other Small Animals

  • Rabbits: $50
  • Guinea pigs: $25
  • Mice and rats: $25
  • Chinchillas: $100
  • Fish: $5
  • Turtles (Chinese and sliders): $25
  • Exotic turtles (Russian, Leopards, etc.): $50
  • Sulcata tortoises: $350
  • Ducks: $25
  • Common birds: $25
  • Medium sized parrot: $150
  • Large parrot: $350
  • Pigs: $250
  • Goats: $25

Adopters (55+) can enjoy a waived fee when adopting a cat or dog over 6 years old.

Please contact the shelter directly to find out what your adoption fee covers.

Adoption Process & Fees

Our writing team is hard at work researching this shelter's adoption process and fees, so this page will be updated soon!

In the meantime, below you'll find some nice-to-know info that applies to nearly every animal shelter, humane society, and rescue.

But first...

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Why Rescue A Shelter Dog?

Because shelter dogs are full of love!

Is it because they know you saved them and love you harder for it?

I can't say for certain, but yes.

Jokes aside, there are three things all shelter dogs need to thrive in their new home:

  1. Love
  2. Patient
  3. Training

Older shelter dogs, generally 1+ years old, may have experienced a lot of trauma, which often results in one of 8 common behavioral issues:

  1. Anxiety
  2. Aggression toward people & pets
  3. Resource guarding
  4. Destructive behavior
  5. Housetraining regression
  6. Poor social skills
  7. Leash reactivity & barrier-related aggression
  8. Constant whining

These issues are correctable! Your dog isn't broken, they're just damaged. You can fix them with enough love, patience, and a good training plan.

Animal Shelter vs Humane Society vs Rescue: What's the Difference?

You can learn a lot about an animal welfare organization just by looking at their name.

Animal Shelters

  • Most Animal Shelters are city or county-run organizations, often operated by the local Animal Control department, that manage strays and handle owner surrenders.
  • They usually have kennel facilities you can visit to adopt animals, and they usually have less stringent adoption requirements, lower adoption fees, and same-day adoptions (because their goal is to get animals out of the shelter).
  • Unfortunately, they usually know very little about each animal, including their true personalities and any behavioral problems.

Humane Societies

  • Most Humane Societies are non-profit organizations, many of which are no-kill shelters.
  • Some (but not all) are affiliated with The Humane Society of the United States.
  • They exist to improve animal welfare in the local community and often partner with city or county-run Animal Shelters that often euthanize animals due to capacity restraints.
  • They usually have kennel facilities, sometimes at multiple locations, and usually offer other services to the community such as low-cost spay/neuter clinics, community education programs, and more.
  • They may also have some animals in foster care.
  • There's a lot of variation in process and fees among Humane Societies, but they usually have really good websites that detail everything for you.


  • Most Rescues are foster-based organizations that don't have physical facilities.
  • They usually have websites and contact emails, but not all of them have phone numbers.
  • Because they don't have a physical facility, you need to view animals in their foster network online, usually on their website but sometimes on their member pages on either PetFinder or Adopt-a-Pet.
  • If you see an animal you'd like to meet, contact the rescue using the process listed on their website or via email. They'll help you through the application process and set up a time for you to meet the animal at the foster's home.
  • Adopting from a rescue generally is the most expensive option here and takes the longest, but you get an animal that's been cared for in a loving home environment and their foster can tell you a lot about their personality.

6 Tips to Improve Your Adoption Experience

Adoption processes vary drastically from organization to organization, but here are some general tips that apply in most instances. Note that we'll use the term "shelters" here for simplicity but it includes all types of rescue organizations.

  1. See an animal online that you'd like to meet? Call the shelter before your visit to make sure the animal is still available. This especially applies for puppies, which are adopted out quickly.
  2. Usually, you'll need to get some paperwork in order: a photo ID, vaccination/medical records for any pets you currently have, possibly your vet's contact info and a couple of personal references, and (for renters) proof you're allowed to have a pet (copy of your lease or your landlord's contact info).
  3. If you need to provide contact info for your vet, let your vet know ahead of time. Otherwise, they may not release your information.
  4. Many shelters require your current dogs to meet adoptive dogs. Your current dogs need to be up-to-date on vaccinations.
  5. Some shelters require you to schedule a home visit to ensure a suitable living environment for the new animal.
  6. Adoption fees may seem excessive, but they're actually amazing values. Truthfully, caring for a pet is expensive. Most adoption fees include required medical care to get the animal ready for their new home including (but not limited to) spay/neuter surgery, vaccinations, general vet exams, flea/tick treatment, deworming, heartworm testing/treatment for dogs, and feline leukemia and feline AIDS testing/treatment for cats. In general, your adoption fee is less than the cost of this care, so you're saving money in addition to your new animal's life!

If you have any questions about adopting an animal (what you'll need, what to expect, etc.) feel free to contact the PetLists team!

For more information about what's included in your adoption fee, or any other questions about the adoption process, reach out to
Hawaiian Humane Society
directly using the contact info above.

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