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The Hawaii Island Humane Society, established in 1965, serves the entire island community with three shelters different shelters. Their mission is to prevent cruelty to animals, enhance the animal-human bond, and eliminate overpopulation. The shelters strive to strengthen the local community by taking in lost, abused, and stray dogs, cats, and other pets and lovingly caring for them until they are able to adopt them out to forever homes. Additionally, they provide humane education programs for children and a spay/neuter community assistance program. 

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.

Upcoming Dog Friendly Events in Waimea

  • Admission FREE!
    Month October
    Duration 8:00a.m.-11:00a.m.

    #1 Howl'ween Dog Walk

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    This fun annual event encourages dog owners to exercise their canines and themselves! Dogs and their humans gather together, many in costume, and walk to raise awareness and funds for the Hawaii Island Humane Society. There is no registration fee for the walk- instead, those who participate are encouraged to accept donations and pledges to benefit the efforts of the shelters. The event features costume contests, pet-related vendors, and food and drinks!
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  • Admission $50.00
    Duration 8a.m.-5p.m.

    #2 The Pooch Mobile Dog Wash

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    You can now have your furry friend washed, pampered, and freshened up without carting them into your car! The Pooch Mobile Dog Wash, founded in Austrailia is 1991 and established in the U.S. in 2005, is a convenient, superior dog washing service that comes to your home and bathes/grooms your dog in their vehicle's portable washing setup, keeping the mess out of your house! Your dog will receive brushing before and after the bath to loosen buildup and remove excess hair, a warm massaging hydrobath in their state of the art tub, a soothing aromatherapy rinse, careful nail clipping, ear/eye cleaning, and handheld warm air drying. Treat your pooch to some pampering!
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  • Admission FREE!
    Duration 7a.m.-5:30p.m.

    #3 Ulu La'au Waimea Nature Park

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    Ulu La'au, or Garden of  Trees, is a project of the Waimea Outdoor Circle and is extremely popular with the Waimea area dogs and their owners. The park is a 10-acre plot of land leased by the Waimea Outdoor Circle for environmental research, restoration, and education. The park is open to the public for dog walking, picnics, native plant identification, and nature enjoyment. The park is well-maintained and planted with native species as part of the efforts to restore the land. There is even access to a 1.05-mile shady stream trail for you and your canine companion to explore. All dogs should be leashed and cleaned up after while enjoying the park!
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  • Admission FREE!
    Duration Dawn to Dusk

    #4 Kawaihawae Harbor Beach Landing Shipping Docks

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    Does your doggo enjoy romping through the waves? Kawaihawae Harbor Beach Landing is one of the best places to get your pal some sand time. Keep in mind leash laws are still in place on the beach- your dog may only be off-leash while in the water. There are two great areas for dogs at this destination. The first is a long, wide stretch of beach with a gradual walk-in, perfect for your pal. The water here is protected by a breakwall and is quite calm. The other area is past the beach and along the breakwall, a grassy area with shade trees, picnic tables, and a two-head rain shower system. Here, there is a staircase leading to the water that dogs and their humans often utilize. Come take a tail-waggin' good dip in the sea!
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  • Admission FREE!

    #5 Pu'u Hinai Cinder Cone Trail

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    This nature trail just a short distance outside of Waimea is a favorite among island dog owners. The trail features plenty of sniffing, exploring, and bounding opportunities for your pup! Choose your own section to roam, as this lengthy trail continues for several miles. Enjoy unique views of the Waikaloa cinder cone, a steep, conical hill built from lava once ejected from a volcanic vent. This interesting geographical feature of the area, with its hidden caldera and mysterious cinder spot, is quite awe-inspiring. Locals often exercise their dogs on this trail. Be sure to clean up after your pet!
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