Taking a shelter dog on a field trip from the Kauai Humane Society
If you are missing your pet on your visit to Kauai, here’s the best advice for curing that feeling, participate in the island’s program Shelter Dogs on Field Trips. This is a program where you stop by the shelter, check out one of the dogs, and take him/her out for a trip to the beach, a hike, or a walk. Really? Yes!
Everything is prepared and taken care of for you. Pick up times are 11 A.M – 1 P.M. Tuesday – Friday and 10 A.M. – 12 P.M., Saturday and Monday. The staff introduces you to your companion. They are “dressed up” for you with an adopt me vest and come with bottled water, doggie bags, blankets, and areas near the shelter that are dog friendly such as beaches, trails and parks. The only restrictions is that the dog be leashed at all times and be returned no later than 30 minutes prior to closing. That would be 5:30 P.M. Tue. – Fri. and 3:30 P.M. Sat. & Mon.)
As you can imagine, the animals LOVE getting out for a walk or to play on the beach with you. There really isn’t a way to measure the benefits for the dog both physically and emotionally. It is a great break from the kennel. YOU, however, will feel the benefits expressed in their loving and excited responses to the attention given to them on your trip.
Many who have taken one of the dogs out for a few hours have said it was one of the most memorable activities on their vacation. As a side benefit, there is the advantage that the pets are seen by a large community of people who may not ever visit the shelter.
What happens if you meet the “love of your life” at the shelter?
While this is not the purpose of the program, it does happen. No, we are not talking about meeting the man or woman of your life but the pet in your life! The shelter reports that an average of four dogs a month end up being adopted.
The Humane Society is happy to help with the process for adopting the pet and arranging an affordable return trip to the mainland for you.
We visited just a week ago, and there was a young couple taking a dog out on a field trip. They were heading to the beach for a mid-day walk. The dog was so excited. They were feeling good.
In a way, it’s a family feeling activity for both. Watch for our upcoming stories on our field trips.
Living here or visiting, we can’t think of a better way to share a walk or trip to the beach with one of our island canine companions.
For more information, please check out the Kauai Humane Society’s field trip program and web site here: Check out a Canine – easy and fun!
If you have done this or plan to do this on your next vacation, would you share that experience with us? Keep in touch by “Liking” our Facebook community here: Aloha Kauai Vacation on Facebook. We’d love to share your story here someday. Aloha!