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2 Feb 2016
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Did you know that you can take a shelter dog on an outing? Yep! Kauai Humane Society offers a program called Shelter Dogs on Field Trip – and it’s free! Available everyday except Sundays, it’s as simple as going into the Lihue shelter and ‘checking out’ the dog of your choice.

This is a win-win for both visitor and dog alike – vacationer gets their dog fix and the dog gets their outdoor adventure fix! Most of Kauai’s beaches and trailheads are dog-friendly except for county-maintained parks/beaches. A couple of rules that do apply though are that dogs must be on leash at all times and are not permitted in any dog park.

Recommended Dog-Friendly Places to Visit

  • Maha`ulepu Beach, Poipu
  • Kalapaki Beach, Lihue
  • Sleeping Giant, Wailua
  • Moalepe Trail, Wailua
  • Wailua Abroretum, Wailua
  • Koke`e State Park/Waimea Canyon

While the intention is really to keep the dogs healthy and well-socialized, visitors frequently fall in love with their ‘field trip’ dog and end up adopting! On average, the shelter adopts out four animals a month to visiting guests. They help with the relocation process and now have dogs all over the country! Pretty great program if you ask me.

Pick-Up Hours

  • Tuesday-Friday 11am-1pm
  • Saturday and Monday 10am-12pm

Return By

  • Tuesday-Friday 5:30pm
  • Saturday and Monday 3:30pm


For more information, you can contact the Kauai Humane Society at 808.632.0619, or check out their website for all the details.