Hawaii travelers give island dogs second chance

Associated Press
Martin Sprouse with 'Grady', an Airedale Terrier-Irish Wolfhound mix, Thursday, April 18, 2013, in Oakland, Calif. After his owner brought the dog to the Kauai Humane Society because he was moving, the dog with the big brown eyes languished for four months, said shelter operations manager Brandy Varvel. But now Grady is living in a spacious California loft with a new owner who is admittedly smitten thanks to an arrangement the Kauai Humane Society has with the East Bay SPCA in Oakland. The Kauai Humane Society has been reaching out since December to Hawaii tourists willing to bring a little extra baggage, one of the island’s many strays and abandoned dogs, when returning to the Bay Area. The dogs are mostly mixed breeds derived from Airedales, whippets and hounds; breeds which are used in the Hawaii Islands to hunt feral pigs.  (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
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Martin Sprouse with 'Grady', an Airedale Terrier-Irish Wolfhound mix, Thursday, April 18, 2013, in Oakland, …

The crowded animal shelter on the Hawaii island of Kauai has come up with a novel way of getting some of its dogs adopted.

The Kauai Humane Society since December has been reaching out to tourists and other travelers willing to bring a dog with them as extra luggage when they fly to California and Oregon.

The shelter gets a lot of stray and abandoned dogs derived from hunting breeds that are used for hunting feral pigs on Kauai. So far, 24 dogs have been adopted through the program, which also is working with the Oregon Humane Society in Portland.

Shelter officials say the Hawaii dogs get snatched up quickly after languishing in Kauai's shelter for months because they are different from what is normally offered for adoption.

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