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Field Trips for Shelter Dogs

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*Due to COVID-19, our Field Trips for Shelter Dogs program is currently paused. Please continue to check our website and follow us on social media for updates.*

The Hawaii Island Humane Society allows visitors to "check out" a dog for the day from our shelters.

To take a dog on a field trip, make an appointment. The staff will introduce you to the candidates that are allowed to go out (they must be spayed/neutered already). You choose a dog and the staff gets the dog ready. We provide "Adopt Me" harnesses and leashes, water and a bowl, towels for your car, toys, treats, poop bags, cleaning supplies and the dog is microchipped.

The main goal of this program is for you to enjoy Hawaii Island and to get your “dog fix” by taking along one of our shelter dogs on your adventure. The shelter will ask you to fill out an evaluation on your return so that potential adopters will know more about the dog. Pictures are encouraged!

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Dog-friendly places

For a list of dog-friendly places on Hawaii Island, including restaurants and accommodations visit Lava Dogs 808.

The shelter will also provide you with some options.


  • Participant must be at least 18 years old. Children (anyone under 18 years old) are allowed to be accompained by an adult, but may NOT hold the dog's leash at any time.
  • Liability waiver must be signed.
  • Your credit card number will be recorded for a $200 deposit in the event the dog is not returned.
  • Dogs must be in an enclosed vehicle (no riding in an open convertible or in the open bed of a truck).
  • Dogs must be on leash at all times and never left unattended. Dogs are not allowed off-leash in any park or beach.
  • Dogs are not allowed "people" food, since it can cause stomach upset and diarrhea.
  • All participants must have FUN! 

For questions, email