Lonely Planet Writer

Hawaii humane society offers travelers a chance to spend time with pups in need

One of the most difficult aspects of travel is leaving Fido at home. But an animal shelter on the Island of Kaua‘i has a program that gives travelers that much-needed canine fix while also helping shelter dogs get out and get some exercise.

Girl hugging a dog on a beach
Hawaii animal shelter offers travelers the chance to spend time with a puppy. Photograph by Oliver Rossi/Getty Images

The “Shelter Dogs on Field Trips” program allows travelers to “check out” one of the shelter’s dogs for a day trip on one of the island’s many dog-friendly hiking trails or beaches. The dogs are given little “Adopt Me” vests for their excursion. The animal shelter says the program gets the dogs some much-needed exercise and allows them to socialize with a variety of people before adoption.

The program is available to both visitors and Kaua‘i residents. And don’t worry about falling in love with your canine companion – the shelter helps with the adoption and travel process.

Where are the best dog-friendly places on Kaua‘i?

Most places on Kaua’i are dog-friendly, except those that are maintained by the county. Maha‘ulepu Beach in Poipu is dog-friendly, as well as trails like Sleeping Giant and Moalepe. With just a few exceptions, the trails maintained by Kaua‘i Path allow leashed dogs.