Hawaii Turns to Tourists to Ease Stray Dog Problem

4.22.2013

By OUTTraveler Editors

Kauai shelter asks visitors from California and Oregon to take dogs back to shelters in their home state.

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.

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