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Kauai Humane Society is an open-admission shelter that tirelessly serves residents of the island of Kauai. They strive to be the shelter that people turn to when they're looking for a pet and offer their community low-cost spay/neuter surgery, vaccinations, and microchipping. They're responsible for the island's public animal control services and transfer many animals to the mainland.
Their mission is to foster respect, responsibility, and compassion toward animals while nurturing healthy relationships between people and their pets. They're reliant on the support of local businesses and individuals who provide generous donations to keep them up and running.
Save Our Shearwaters is a program based out of Kauai Humane Society's shelter that has saved and released more than 35,000 endangered shearwaters and petrels since its inception in 1979.
They also offer the following community programs and services:
Considering adoption from Kauai Humane Society? Keep reading to learn more about their adoption process and fees.
The best way to adopt a pet from Kauai Humane Society is to visit the shelter and meet the furry friends waiting for their forever family. An adoption counselor will be able to assist you in determining which pet will best suit you, your family, and your home.
Plan to spend 1-2 hours at the shelter, and bring your family members with you. (That includes any current dogs if you're looking to adopt another.)
If you'd prefer to browse through photos and descriptions of pets online, you can do that, too. Applications are available on their website as well.
Once you've picked a potential pet, here's how the rest of the process works:
Kauai Humane Society also offers off-island adoptions for those who have fallen in love with a dog or cat while visiting. They can assist with the entire process, including making the necessary medical and travel arrangements.
Adoption fees at Kauai Humane Society are as follows:
Your adoption fee covers spay/neuter surgery, preventative health care, microchipping, and all puppies are tested for heartworm.
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.
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:
Older shelter dogs, generally 1+ years old, may have experienced a lot of trauma, which often results in one of 8 common behavioral issues:
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.
You can learn a lot about an animal welfare organization just by looking at their name.
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.
If you have any questions about adopting an animal (what you'll need, what to expect, etc.) feel free to contact the PetLists team!
If you're looking to adopt a new dog, our Dog Adoption Guide is a must-read. It has everything you need to know about bringing a shelter dog home:
And we're adding new guides all the time.