For years, the small Hawaiian island of Kaua`i has struggled with over populations of stray dogs and cats. In 2014, our always-full Kaua`i Humane Society (KHS) euthanized approximately 600 dogs and 2000 cats. Kaua`i Animal Welfare Society (KAWS) is working to reduce these staggering numbers. Currently, we are an added resource to KHS’s adoption program by promoting the dogs and seeking out alternative rescues and homes, which are often found off island, especially on the mainland. Our commitment is to find homes for all animals, placing special attention to the dogs at KHS who are at risk, i.e. been at the shelter over three months and/or who are starting to show signs of kennel stress. While finding homes for the stray and surrendered pets is integral to our mission, it is equally important to address the causes for these over populations: too many unspayed/unneutered dogs and cats. KAWS aims to provide affordable and accessible spay and neutering programs as well as offering educational programs to promote proper care and treatment of animals. We do not have a facility, though it is our vision to open a sanctuary for both dogs and cats in the future.
Kaua`i Animal Welfare Society partners with the people of Kaua`i to help the dogs and cats who are the most in need. While we are not able to intake found animals or owned animals directly from the public due to legalities of animal ownership and space saved for animals at risk of euthanasia in the local shelter, we can, however, support residents who take in stray dogs or cats by offering help in the following areas:
• vet care (spay/neuter, worming, vaccinations)
• supplies (collars, leashes, crates, beds, etc.)
• promoting- sharing story on the KAWS website and social media