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About Field Trips for Shelter Dogs

Hawaii Island Humane Society's Field Trips for Shelter Dogs is a fun and fulfilling way to help a dog in need. Sharing your day with a shelter dog makes a tremendous difference in that pup's life. From giving them a much needed shelter break to helping them meet potential adopters, your new shelter dog friend will be so lucky to spend time with you. Research from Maddie's Fund shows that even a few hours out of the shelter can have a positive impact on dogs living in a shelter. Plus, what's a better way to get your doggy ''fix'' by spending a day with them in paradise?


As a non-profit organization, Hawaii Island Humane Society relies on the generosity of compassionate animal lovers, like you! With your support, you will make our mission a reality and help our programs thrive. To support our lifesaving work, we kindly request a donation to participate in our Field Trips for Shelter Dogs program. The donation will be charged at the time of pickup.

$25 per family/group for non-Hawaii residents for each field trip

$10 per family/group with valid Hawaii ID for each field trip*

*Live on island and want to regularly take dogs on field trips? Ask about our Loyal Field Trippers program!


Field Trips are by appointment only. Appointments are available on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at our Animal Community Center in Holualoa and our Keaau shelter.

To book a Field Trip, please click the button below and be sure to select the correct location from where you will be picking up a Field Trip dog:

Schedule Appointment

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  • Field Trips are an opportunity for our shelter dogs to decompress and have some fun outside of the shelter. For that reason, Field Trips are not intended to be a play date with owned pets. Resident dogs are not permitted to join you on the field trip and please do not bring a shelter dog to your residence if you have pets at home.
  • Field Trip eligible dogs are ages 6 months and older, healthy, behavior tested, spayed/neutered, and microchipped.
  • Adult participants must be 18 years old or older. Children ages 8 years old or older are welcome to participate with an adult.
  • Dogs must ride in an enclosed vehicle - no convertibles, open bed trucks, or open Jeeps.
  • At the time of your appointment, you will go through a safety briefing and orientation with our Animal Enrichment Coordinator prior to departing for your field trip.
  • Due to COVID-19, please wear a mask at the shelter.
  • Dogs must be picked up at their scheduled time and returned to the shelter by no later than 4:30pm.
  •  If you are interested in adopting a dog, please note that Field Trips do not replace a scheduled meet and greet appointment with an adoption counselor. Taking a dog on a Field Trip does not guarantee adoption placement. All other adoption protocols apply. To view our adoptable dogs, please click here
  • Our team will select the dog for the field trip. To see eligible dogs, click here and filter by Attributes and “Take me on a Field Trip”.

For questions, email

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