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How To Adopt

*Please note that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are unable to permit the public into our shelters to view our adoptable animals. All adoptions are by appointment only. Thank you for your understanding and patience.*

Adopting a shelter pet is a rewarding and life-changing experience, for you AND for your new best friend. At Hawaii Island Humane Society, our mission is to enhance the bond between humans and animals. Pets are a lifelong commitment. As living beings, pets have physical, social, and emotional needs. Our trained Lifesaving Programs team utilizes progressive, conversational adoption counseling to help make the best matches for not only our shelter pets, but also for you! In line with national best practices and animal welfare industry standards, our goals are to remove barriers to adoption while also helping our shelter pets live their best lives as companion animals.


1. Check out our available pets!

Click here to view our available DOGS

Click here to view our available CATS

2. Submit an application directly from the animal's profile, or submit an application below:

Click here to submit an application for a DOG

Click here to submit an application for a CAT

3. Wait to hear from an adoption counselor to schedule a meet and greet.* Our adoption counselors review adoption applications on Mondays and Tuesdays. Please do NOT contact our adoption counselors about the status of your application. Meet and Greets, and pet pick ups are scheduled on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

*Please note: Due to the high volume of applications we receive, we are unable to respond to every applicant individually. Our adoptions team will contact you if we think you may be the right match for one of our shelter pets. We strictly prohibit the use of foster/shelter dogs for any activity other than being a companion animal.

Further questions?
Please contact our Lifesaving Programs Team at

The Animal Community Center in Holualoa (Kona):
808-329-1175, press option 1

808-966-5458, press option1