The Hawaii Island Humane Society stands as the only open admittance shelter with no time limits on the island, and thus help nearly 13,000 animals every year! All of the animals they care for are then vaccinated, dewormed, spayed/neutered, microchipped, licensed, and health and behavior-tested. The ultimate goal is to get these once homeless animals adopted out into loving, responsible homes, so they try to make the process as easy and financially accessible as possible. The Hawaii Island Humane Society always has and always will accept any animal, regardless of species, breed, age, health condition, or behavioral status.
Another dedicated shelter serving the Waimea is Kohala Animal Relocation and Education Service, or KARES. KARES is a nonprofit organization devoted to caring for, housing, fostering, and adopting out the Kohala area animals in need. A truly compassionate network of people, KARES exists to try to eliminate needless deaths and euthanization of homeless animals. Their no-kill policy and dedicated adoption efforts ensure that there is a place for every animal on the island. KARES has a vision of developing a program of education, awareness, and networking in communities throughout the island promoting responsible pet ownership and preventing animal abuse.