Hi! My name is Joe.

I'm spunky, curious, very friendly, active on hikes and a little bit lazy in the house.

I need a home with older children, no cats, and a medium activity level.

I'm probably pitbull and lab/hound, about seven years old, am large (60 lbs), and all white with a heart on my nose!

I'm the resident sweetheart.


Hi! My name is Hina.

I'm extremely friendly, give lots of kisses, and love to play! I require someone who understands me and can establish healthy boundaries so I can thrive with reciprocate love.  I love cuddles but sometimes I can get too excited!

I need a home with older children (I am a too excitable, I may jump!), no cats, and a medium activity level. 

I'd probably be best as the only pet--I require lots of attention!

I'm a blue nosed pitbull mix, am medium, about 4 years old, and am gray with a white chest.

I'm the resident social butterfly!


Hi! My name is Hannah!


I'm timid, love to be active, and like to keep to myselfI have a very shy exterior but when I am out and about, it's like I'm becoming a whole new dog! I like male dogs, although a lot of times I prefer to sit away from too much stimulation.

I need a home with older children and a medium activity level.  Cats are an unknown.

I'm a vizsla mix, am about 40 lbs, about 3.5 years old.

I'm the resident wallflower!


Hello world, my name is Liv.  I was found in a field with my brother starving and thirsty at just 5 weeks old. As we get older, the vets will know more about our breed; our vet said we are hound mixes.

My brother, Leroy and I are now in a loving foster home and are getting all ready for adoption.  We are almost ready for our first round of vaccinations and we are being treated for some yucky parasites.


I was named Liv because I am a lively gal.  I'm brave and not afraid to meet new people and explore the yard solo.  




My name is Ladybug and I am a new addition to the KAWS pack.  I'm an airedale mix and quite timid yet.  I am about 1.5 years old and 52 lbs. 


I am waiting for the all clear from my doctor as I have tested positive for the tick-borne disease, ehrlichia.  Once my round of antibiotics has done its job, I should be good to go for my spay surgery and then ready for adoption.  


I am good with other dogs, and am getting used to people. I can still be pretty skittish, so that's why I'm wearing a GPS.  Not sure yet how I feel about cats. I am available for foster to adopt. 


Pending Adoption

Aloha everyone!  My name is Mollie and I am a one year old female airedale mix.  My start in life was rough and I was lucky to be rescued by some kind community members who let KAWS know I needed help.  I was extremely anemic and weak when I was found and was quickly taken to the vet.  Turns out I have ehrlichia, a common tick -borne sickness in Hawaii.  I finished my treatment for ehrlichia and everyone is optimistic that it will remain dormant since it was caught so soon.  I am looking and feeling fabulous.  I am a great little running buddy, have fun with other dogs, and absolutely LOVE to cuddle on the couch.  I am available for foster to adopt now.  Once I am spayed, I will be ready for adoption.  


My name is Reggie and I am another new kid to KAWS.  My life was pretty rough up until now and and I am just now getting used to being a house dog and learning that the humans can be really nice.  


My caregivers at KAWS are getting to know me more and have learned that I love the the other dogs.  I'm getting used to walking on a leash and receiving pets from the humans.

I am about 2 years old, 50 lbs, and a handsome black and brown hound mix.  

Sanctuary & Forever Foster Dogs

We have some special dogs in our program who need specific care or handling that make them best suited as either permanent residents at our sanctuary or in forever foster homes.  


My name is Chance and I am one of the permanent sanctuary dogs. I came to KAWS when I was under a year old after I was involved in a pretty bad dog fight at the local shelter. I spent several months working with trainers and my people felt that I could be successful in a home with the proper structure. I was adopted only to be returned after getting in more dog fights. I once again worked with a trainer who was guiding another potential adopter. In this home, I bit a person. The folks at KAWS knew that I needed more structure than I could find in a home setting, so they brought him to live on the sanctuary. I have my own cabin where I have canine friends from a safe distance. I am provided a setting where I get mental and physical exercise every day, multiple times a day, and am handled with consistency and structure to ensure safety for everyone involved. With this handling, I am the best Chance I can be. My caretakers are committed to giving all the animals on the sanctuary their best lives; some are adopted and others like me stay at the sanctuary permanently. My people are happy to care for me and provide me with an environment that sets me up for success and brings me happiness everyday.


Aloha, my name is Ronnie.  I am also a full time resident at the KAWS Sanctuary where I keep an eye on what's going on.  I am happy living on the sanctuary where I receive the structure I need to be successful.  Outside the sanctuary, I am very easily stressed and can be reactive when this happens. I have a bite history, so in order for people, dogs, and other animals to be safe, I receive one-on-one attention multiple times a day. I love my own cabin where I have cozy places to sleep and my own yard. I am happy to have a home where the humans have designed a plan for me where I am safe and in a peaceful setting.  Check out my blog as I am the sanctuary's Editor in Chief.  

​Hi Everyone!  My name is Kai and I have a terrific life with my forever foster mom and all the other special needs pups in her pack.  I am able to get around really well in my wheelchair...I'm really very fast!  Try and catch me if you can!


Aloha! My name is Frankie.  I came to KAWS several years ago covered with tumors that mystified all the vets I saw.  The humans were told that the tumors were very bad, but I continue to thrive in my forever foster home, so that is where I will stay.  I am happy and take great pride in my policing skills.


Greetings!  My name is Jake and I have been with the KAWS family for quite a while.  I was literally bouncing off the walls at the local shelter and was glad when I became part of the KAWS family. I can be highly reactive in the average home environment and easily stressed which makes me want to bite.  In order to keep people, other animals safe my caregivers create an environment that is calm and structured.  I have many opportunities for agility training, walks and jogs through the property, and snuggles from the humans. I take my job as sanctuary patrol very seriously and am happy and content to have a live-in work position at the KAWS sanctuary.