Kauai, Hawaii, is in desperate need in finding homes for their shelter dogs. A small Island with too many dogs, not enough people… In Oct/Nov, 2012, while vacationing in Kauai, my mom & dad donated some time by taking as many shelter pups out on field trips. At the end of the second field trip, they found a home for the first dog named Kawai (means the water). He is a 3 year old Lab/Hound mix that was flown to his new home in Portland Oregon by his adopters. Kawai’s new family were also vacationers who immediately fell in love with him and could not leave him behind, luckily, the day before they were returning home. They all drove to the shelter in mom and dad’s small SUV (including Kawai and Grover), 30 minutes before the shelter was closing.
A month after mom & dad’s return home, dad contacted the shelter to check up on the other pups we spent time with and found out one of our field trip pups, Grover, was on the euthanasia list. Dad worked his magic and immediately made arrangements with a local dog rescue group, Copper’s Dream (where they adopted me from), and within 48 hours Copper’s Dream helped in saving Grover’s life by posting his picture and bio on their website, and happily he was adopted by a wonderful family. Dad made arrangements with the Kauai Humane Society to air transport Grover to his forever home in San Jose, CA.
The plus is that the pups are already neutered, micro chipped and vaccinated. In December 2012, 12 Kauai shelter dogs were accepted and flown to the Oakland shelter in California in the Kauai shelter’s newly developing “transfer program” (read “Head Line News” located at left side bar) where dogs and cats are air transported off Island no-kill shelters. Because shelters are highly populated with pit bulls and chihuahuas, the hound/mix breeds from Kauai are more readily adopted.
Staff at the Kauai Humane Society noted that the dogs get a 15 min exercise in the yard… once a day… that’s it. Volunteers at the shelter are pretty non existent.