To the world you are just another person...

to a rescued animal, you are the world.

Our Story

Learn more about KARES.

Ways to Help

Find out how you and your family can help save lives.


I​f you and your family love animals consider volunteering to be a foster parent.

We are dedicated to rescuing animals on the Island of Hawaii

Our Accomplishments

KARES finds homes for approximately 400 dogs and cats every year.

KARES has provided free spay and neuter surgeries to almost 4,400 companion animals over the past 7 years, primarily to pet owners who cannot afford this service.

KARES provides access to affordable pet health and wellness services.

KARES continues to remain “Essential” during the COVID-19 crisis!

  • A total of 355 dogs have been spayed or neutered (Jan 10 –Sept 30), including 260 dogs since the original March 25 stay-in-place orders, all at no cost to pet owners.
  • A total of 320 homeless pets, both dogs and cats were placed in adoption homes.
  • A big thanks to KARES dedicated volunteers, foster care providers, the families that opened their hearts and homes to adopt a pet and for your donations that have made this work possible.

While most free meal services during the pandemic are helping hungry families, since February KARES has been distributing over 300 baggies of cat and dog food at 3 weekly locations in Waimea (Grab & GO, Monday & Friday and Annunciation Church on Tuesday).


KARES Needs Your Assistance – the COVID crisis is not over. Monetary donations of any size helps us continue to feed hungry pets.

Please donate either through  We truly appreciate every donation. Mahalo for your generosity. 

Saving Sheba

Remember Sheba? Sheba is an 11 year old German Shepard that KARES became involved with last year when she was taken from her owner and placed on death row in the Devore Shelter located in San Bernardino. KARES stepped in and worked diligently with our animal rights attorney to help us secure a stay of execution. Generous donations from caring and concerned animal lovers helped to pay for the legal costs. However, much more work needs to be done.

As the battle for Sheba's life continues, Debbie Cravatta, Founder & President of KARES reached out to her good friend, Priscilla Presley. Priscilla was kind enough to take the time and become an advocate for Sheba's release.

Sheba's story continues and was featured on KTLA5. Bruce Krider, CEO of the Puppy Coalition Foundation has also taken up Sheba's cause. Please keep Sheba in your thoughts and prayers for her safe release.

You can read more about Sheba's plight at:

News Coverage:

Save Sheba' - activists fighting execution order for Running Springs German shepherd

Priscilla Presley Is on a Mission to Save This Dog

Sheba on Nancy Grace

Pet of the Week Max

This is Max! Max is an energetic male retriever mix with big brown eyes and a sweet doggie smile.

Max is under 2 years old and loves to play tug. We're not sure of his past, he can be a bit nervous when you pet him on the head.

Max knows how to sit and has good manners. He is housebroken, fixed, and microchipped.

If you would like more information on Max, please call KARES at 333-6299.

Meet our other Furry Friends

All pets available for adoption have been spayed or neutered and vaccinated.

Support KARES through Amazon Smiles!

Do you know that you can support KARES through Amazon Smile? It's an easy way to help KARES continue to provide care to our island animals while you shop!  Mahalo for supporting No Kill Animal Rescue.
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