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New HIHS Program Allows Visitors to Take Dogs on Field Trips

April 8, 2016, 3:39 PM HST
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dog PIXABAYA new program at the Hawai’i Island Humane Society in Kona is allowing island visitors to take shelter dogs on day-long field trips.

The program, which connects visitors with shelter dogs, is a “win-win program,” according to Donna Whitaker, HIHS Executive Director.

HIHS provides visitors with day supplies, including an Adopt Me harness and leash, water and a bowl, towels for car transport, toys, treats, waste bags, and cleaning supplies.

Only dogs who are sterilized, microchipped, and well-behaved will be allowed on the day trips.

“Furry friends love field trips and visitors can get their ‘dog fix’ while on vacation,” said Whitaker. “Of course, if the match results in an adoption – all the better.”

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After returning with the dog, visitors will be asked to evaluate the dog so that adopters could learn more about the pet. Pictures are encouraged.

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Big Island residents are also encouraged to participate in the field trips, according to HIHS. Residents who take dogs more than twice a year should attend a volunteer orientation, which can be scheduled through the shelter.

The dogs are available from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Saturday and have to be returned no later than 5 p.m. the same day.

Participants are required to be over the age of 18 and sign a liability waiver. A $200 deposit will also be recorded in case the dog is not returned. Dogs must also travel in an enclosed vehicle, be on a leash at all times, and are not permitted to eat people food.

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To learn more about the program, contact the Kona shelter at 329-1175.

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