Friday, December 8, 2023
Home Resue & adoption resource Kaua`i Animal Welfare Society (KAWS)

Kaua`i Animal Welfare Society (KAWS)

P.O. Box 650

Kapaa, HI 96746

Our Mission

For years, the small Hawaiian island of Kaua`i has struggled with over populations of stray dogs and cats. In 2014, our always-full Kaua`i Humane Society (KHS) euthanized approximately 600 dogs and 2000 cats. Kaua`i Animal Welfare Society (KAWS) is working to reduce these staggering numbers. Currently, we are an added resource to KHS’s adoption program by promoting the dogs and seeking out alternative rescues and homes, which are often found off island, especially on the mainland. Our commitment is to find homes for all animals, placing special attention to the dogs and cats at KHS who are at risk, i.e. been at the shelter over three months and/or who are starting to show signs of kennel stress, have treatable health issues, or are deemed too shy for a kennel environment.

Adoption Policy

If you see an animal you are interested in on our Dogs Available For Adoption webpage or our Cats Available For Adoption webpage please fill out a Dog or Cat Adoption Application. If there isn’t a specific animal we have you want, fill out an application and specify the kind of dog or cat you are looking for. We will contact you within 48 hours of receiving your application.


Pets from Kaua`i Animal Welfare Society (KAWS)

Joe Paxton

Bull Terrier & Hound Mix Kapaa, HI


Domestic Short Hair Mix Kapaa, HI


Hound Mix Kapaa, HI

Judy Blue Eyes

Catahoula Leopard Dog & Redbone Coonhound Mix Kapaa, HI


Pit Bull Terrier & Hound Mix Kapaa, HI


Pit Bull Terrier Mix Kapaa, HI


Staffordshire Bull Terrier & Hound Mix Kapaa, HI