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Tourists on Kauai chipping in for dogs

Program helping shelter pooches head to the mainland affordably

By Greg Thilmont Apr 4, 2013 4:54PM

As reported by KITV Honolulu, the Hawaiian island of Kauai has an overflow of stray dogs, especially hunting breeds. Many of the faithful furry friends end up in shelters, and unfortunately face euthanasia.


Luckily, some visitors to Kauai head to the kennels, get attached to a pup and want to adopt. Transporting dogs in airplanes back to the continental U.S. can be pricey, however.


So the Kauai Humane Society teamed up with Alaska Airlines, which now offers a $100 ticket for transporting a dog with a human passenger. It’s a flat fee, from a small scruffy mutt to a big hound mix.


Watch the entire video story below. It’s filled with irresistible four-legged Hawaiians that want to say “mahalo” to a new family.

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Apr 6, 2013 12:27AM
spay, neuter and adopt.  Mahalo haoles!
Apr 5, 2013 10:25PM
Apr 5, 2013 9:47PM

Glad some of these wonderful guys are getting homes. Can't wait for the day when they all will have a family and be the cherished members they deserve to be.  Kudos to the shelter and Alaska Airlines for doing their part.

Apr 5, 2013 8:49PM
People cause all sorts of problems around the world... Bad treatment of disgarded pets is just a small part of what people do. I feel most people should not have pets. Stupid and sadistic for the most part they neglect and mistreat their own children yet alone a pet animal.
Apr 5, 2013 8:42PM
I lived on Kauai for almost 4 years. The locals have zero respect for animals. When they take the hunting dogs out, if they don't perform they leave them to fend for them selves or worse. And don't get me started on the Filipinos eating the black dogs. Nothing surprises me about that is pretty there though.
Apr 5, 2013 7:45PM
i own a rescue dog. He has all his shots..Why so long in quarantine?
Apr 5, 2013 7:05PM
When I lived in Hawaii on the Big Island for three months for work, I visited a shelter with a friend who was a big animal lover.  There was a beutiful cat in a cage who I couldn't take my eyes off of.  One month later when we went back to visit he was still there.  I could just let him stay in a cage, so I adopted him.  I took him back to the mainland with me and he lived with my family for 10 years before he passed.  We mourned him deeply. 
Apr 5, 2013 6:42PM
Seriously? Shelters in ALL states are FULL of dogs that need homes. Just go to your local shelter and adopt.... GEEEEEZZE>
Apr 5, 2013 8:15AM

Wow, an airline that is doing something right. Good job AA, thank you for doing this. We can significantly reduce the number of cats and dogs being euthanized if we simply get them spayed/neutered. Its not going to fix the problem but it cant help. Educate your fellow neighbors and take care of your furry companions.

Apr 5, 2013 8:03AM
To understand this, you have to know Hawaii (such as live there!). First, these dogs are not abused!! Hawaii always had their animals freely roam around the island from wee times. When you see these dogs you will notice that they are well fed and and by no means abused or ignored.  There is a strong community ties among people and locals regularly feed them.  Dogs come and go.  We had four of them behind our house and each one was very friendly and looked good.  They would wonder in and out and go mind their business.  There is no rabies in the islands. Many of them settle by their favored homes (families), and fed regularly. The only thing the local authorities should probably do is start neutering them since the islands are now much more populated with people than just Hawaiians themselves. 

Apr 5, 2013 8:02AM

I can only speak for the blood line born Hawaiians after living on the island of Kauai for over 4 year's....IT IS NOT THEM TO BLAME! There is so many different culture's coming to the island that could careless about their animals. One culture that I can point out with out worry of retaliation is the Philippines. If their animal is injured in the hunt for wild bore, they will never take it the Vet, they will try and fix the wound themselves and if they can't ......they have been known to eat their dog...It is so twisted from the way we have been raised here in the USA.  So please don't blame your island brother / sister.

Apr 5, 2013 7:37AM
Seriously what is wrong with Hawaiians to sit by and allow this?? Why are the hunters so careless with their dogs!! Geez people put tags and collars on your dogs, treat them with the love and caring they deserve- or DON'T HAVE DOGS!!  It's wonderful that many are being adopted by loving main landers, but the problem needs to be addressed in Hawaii too. The inconsiderate hunters should be fined for letting dogs run wild, they should have to register and spay/neuter their dogs. All dgos should require micor-chipping and if one is found, the owner should be fined for letting it run. Dogs should not be treated as throw away objects just to be used for an occasional hunt!! Geez Hawaii wake up and do something to get at the root of the problem- careless, heartless,jerks who have no business owning a sweet, loving animal in the firt place!!!!
Apr 5, 2013 7:37AM
Hey, if moronic, basically brain dead, humans would spay and neuter their pets problems like this would not exist. Man's best friend needs better best friends than man, because man has failed them.

Pets are a responsibility, not a toy for you Dorks to play with when the mood hits you. You should really try to learn something about an animal before you bring it into your house to live. The majority of you know nothing about dogs and should not be around them.

I'm a former pro K-9 trainer, 33 years. I trained schutzhund, police K-9s, military K-9s, S&R, personal assistance Mondio Ring and French Ring, as well as basic obedience. Never met a stupid dog in all those years, but I met hundreds of really stupid humans.

Apr 5, 2013 7:31AM
Alaska Airlines, you are my heroes. Arkansas has the same mentality as Kauai concerning animals. I have found homes for 23 cats and 5 dogs in a little over 2 years. I have fixed as many cats as I can,turned them loose again, and I feed them outside. I am so grateful that someone like Alaska Airlines would do something as wonderful as this. I applaud anyone who takes a shelter animal. this is a great way to encourage people to do so.  Thanks!  
Apr 5, 2013 7:12AM
Does anyone know....If you go as a tourist and offer to transport one back to your local shelter (small dogs are readily adopted) does the ticket holder pay the $100 or the HI humane society?  I know we had a program like this (maybe we still do?) in Portland, OR and it was a success but the humane society picked up the tab, you just supplied the name so they could associate the animal with your ticket.  
Apr 5, 2013 7:12AM
Why does the Hawaiian government, with all those tourist dollars, allow their "third world" citizenry to get away with abusing animals in the first place?  I truly applaud Alaskian Airlines, but then, I know they have always been first rate.
Apr 5, 2013 7:03AM
Kudos to Alaska Airlines and the tourists who kindly adopt a Hawaiian "Poi" dog. I lived on Kauai for 23 years and was appalled at the living conditions of many dogs there. They hunt wild pig and for some reason feel the need to have 10-15 dogs to do so. Other than the once a month they hunt, the poor dogs are kept in cages and treated rather inhumanely with no real contact other than feeding time, and no real interaction with their pack. The owners don't spay or neuter them and once they outlive their hunting abilities they're either abandoned in a cane field or dropped off at the Humane Society which does a wonderful job. The other issue is many of the locals themselves. It's a third world mentality when it comes to animals there and the Humane Society has it's work cut out for it trying to educate them. Thanks again to those wonderful people who give these animals a second chance at life.

Alaskan Airlines have always charged a $100 per dog -good to see they have held up their bargain rate


My little English Cocker Spaniel came from Anchorage, Alaska - 3,200 miles and a competing airline met their price  $100


Her name is Callie - after the Greek name Kaylos - meaning - Beautiful


P.S. Sunny loves her after is girl Misty died 3 years ago - P.S. She's a vamp

Apr 5, 2013 5:28AM
CUDOS to Alaskan Airline, it is about time corporates step up to the plate and help out with such a worthwhile cause!!! I just might have to book my next flight with Alaskan!! HIPHIPHOORAY!!!!!
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