Enjoy Kauai with a four-legged companion

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Between picturesque beaches and tranquil canyons, Kauai is a destination that’s all too easy to enjoy.

But what if you could make your trip to Hawaii even more enjoyable with a rescued dog at your side as you explore lush hiking trails or splash in the local waters?

Enjoy Kauai with a four-legged companion
Enjoy the shores of Kauai with a four-legged friend, thanks to the Kauai Humane Society’s “Field Trip” program

The Kauai Humane Society offers just that through its field trip program, which matches volunteers with a shelter dog for a day of outdoor exploration. Launched in 2013, the program is a perfect fit for travelers who are missing a furry friend back home or want to experience dog ownership for a day.

Enjoy Kauai with a four-legged companion
By taking one of these shelter dogs on a field trip for a day, you’ll both get to experience the natural wonders of Kauai

The dogs benefit too, as they get to exercise outside their kennels and relax in the natural settings of Kauai. In addition to experiencing the outdoors, the program dogs also get to enjoy human companionship, helping ensure they’re ready for adoption. It’s a win-win all around.

Enjoy Kauai with a four-legged companion
You can explore the natural beauty and hiking trails of Kauai with your furry friend for the day

If you’re interested in spending one of your days on the island with a dog from the Kauai Humane Society, you’ll need to arrive at the shelter between 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesdays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to  12 p.m. on Saturdays and Mondays. With a $200 deposit, you’ll be given a leash, doggie bag, treats and a list of dog-friendly things to do in the area. Your canine companion will also be outfitted with a special “Adopt Me” vest that just might catch the eye of a future owner — that is, if you don’t end up adopting your new pal by the end of the day.

Enjoy Kauai with a four-legged companion
Shelter dogs are outfitted with an “Adopt Me” vest for their day out, letting everyone know they’re ready for a forever home

Equipped with all the supplies you’ll need to care for your dog, the two of you will have the afternoon to explore Kauai together, whether it’s by spending a few hours hiking through Waimea Canyon or opting for a laid-back day on the shores of Kalapaki Beach. The shelter will give you more details about the best places to spend the day with your field trip friend, but keep in mind that dogs aren’t allowed at county beaches and must be on their leashes at all times.

Still, there are plenty of places you and your dog for a day can enjoy. Mahaulepu Beach, the Sleeping Giant, Kapa’a Beach Path and Hanalei’s Okolehao Trail are just a few options that you and your furry friend can conquer during your field trip.

Enjoy Kauai with a four-legged companion
If you fall in love with your friend for a day, you can always adopt and make him or her your furry companion for life

After returning to the Kauai Humane Society, you’ll be asked to fill out a survey on the dog’s personality. This will help ensure the dog is placed in a home well-suited to his or her needs, but again, that’s if you don’t end up falling in love and returning home with a new pet. And after spending a day soaking up all the beauty that Kauai has to offer, you might find it hard to leave your field trip friend behind.

Want to learn more about the Kauai Humane Society’s field trip program or adopt a dog for a day during your next trip to Hawaii? Check out the website here.

(All images: Kauai Humane Society)

Enjoy Kauai with a four-legged companion was last modified: June 26th, 2019 by Marissa Willman
Author: Marissa Willman (786 posts)

Marissa Willman earned a bachelor's degree in journalism before downsizing her life into two suitcases for a teaching gig in South Korea. Seoul was her home base for two years of wanderlusting throughout six countries in Asia. In 2011, Marissa swapped teaching for travel writing and now calls Southern California home.