Hawaii Turns to Tourists to Ease Stray Dog Problem
By OUTTraveler Editors
The Kauai Humane Society has taken a creative approach to help ease the strain on is animal shelters: asking tourists from California and Oregon to transport the animals to shelters Portland and Oakland, where they’re usually snapped up by families within a couple weeks, the Associated Press reports.
Many of the dogs in the Hawaiian shelter are derived from hunting breeds used to stalk feral pigs on the island. While the mixed-breed animals are common on the island, the shelter holds 90 dogs on any given day, they’re unique stateside, usually making for a speedier adoption.
When a tourist agrees to help, the shelter pays a reduced rate of $100 to fly the dog over the Pacific.
Click here to find more information on the Shelter Transfer Program.