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 every day 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.
- Tuesday-Friday 11am-1pm
- Saturday and Monday 10am-12pm
- 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.