The Hawaii Island Humane Society allows visitors to "check out" a dog for the day from our shelters.
The process is quite simple. Arrive at the shelter and let them know you want to take out a dog. The staff will introduce you to the candidates that are allowed to go out (they must be spayed/neutered already). You choose a dog and the staff gets the dog ready. We provide "Adopt Me" harnesses and leashes, water and a bowl, towels for your car, toys, treats, poop bags, cleaning supplies and the dog is microchipped.
The main goal of this program is for you to enjoy Hawaii Island and to get your “dog fix” by taking along one of our shelter dogs on your adventure. The shelter will ask you to fill out an evaluation on your return so that potential adopters will know more about the dog. Pictures are encouraged!
Hawaii residents are welcome to participate in this program as well. Residents may take a dog out twice per year. After the second time, residents are asked to attend one of our volunteer orientations to become more familiar with us. To schedule your orientation, please contact Bebe Ackerman at 808-217-0154.
9:00 am – 1:00 pm Monday - Saturday (Kona & Kea'au)
8:00 am - 12:00 pm Monday - Saturday (Waimea)
5:00 pm (Kona)
3:30 pm (Kea'au)
3:00 pm (Waimea)
For a list of dog-friendly places on Hawaii Island, including restaurants and accommodations visit Lava Dogs 808.
The shelter will also provide you with some options.
The Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce announced its 2016 Pūalu Award winners on Friday, June 24, at its annual installation banquet at the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai. For our Field Trips for Shelter Dogs program, HIHS won the Business Innovation category.
Established in 1979 by the KKCC, the Pūalu Awards celebrate individuals, nonprofit organizations and businesses that bring people together for positive impacts on the community.
Business Innovation – Hawai‘i Island Humane Society
The Hawai‘i Island Humane Society was tapped for “Business Innovation,” an award that recognizes a business or organization committed to improving or enhancing employee’s lives, or exhibits creative product development, marketing or customer service.
HIHS’s mission is preventing cruelty to animals, eliminating pet overpopulation and enhancing the bond between humans and animals.
Serving the island for 51 years, HIHS is the only open admission shelter on the island, with over 14,000 animals arriving annually to shelters in Kona, Waimea and Kea‘au.
What is innovative about HIHS is that it recently started a field trip program for shelter dogs. Visitors and residents can check out a shelter dog for the day. This creative approach supports the health, well-being and adoption of shelter dogs and is a positive benefit for the people that get to take care of a furry friend for the day.
Rather than waiting for those seeking to adopt a dog to come through HIHS doors, HIHS is hoping the new program provides a chance encounter for dogs to find a potential home.