Frequently Asked Questions

Below are answers to common questions we receive from people who want to adopt a pet. If your question is not answered feel free to contact us.

What is a NO KILL shelter?

A NO KILL shelter is a shelter which does not euthanize their animals in their care. The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) estimates about 3-4 million pets are euthanized yearly. NO KILL shelters are trying to end the euthanizing by increasing the demand for shelter dogs and cats and reducing the supply by reducing the number of animals born, and thus the number of animals which end up in shelters. We are doing this through increased spay/neuter clinics.

What does spay/neuter mean? Why should I do this?

Neutering refers to the removal of the reproductive organs on both male and female companion animals. Spaying refers specifically to that of a female animal and neutering refers to a male.

Many people believe that their pet's puppies or kittens would never become homeless shelter animals. But the reality is that every time the dog finds his way under the fence to visit the neighbor's female dog, or the indoor/outdoor cat comes back home pregnant, the result is a litter of dogs or cats. Even if they are placed into homes, there is a large possibility for them to end up in shelters once they become "hard to handle" or lost, or even abused because they don't look cute anymore.


Lots of people are surprised to learn that nationwide more than 3 million cats and dogs are euthanized in shelters. Spay/neuter is the only permanent, easy, 100-percent effective method of birth control for dogs and cats.

How can I support KARES?

You can adopt an animal, donate, foster, volunteer or even sponsor. Please go to the "donate" page for more details or contact KARES. Mahalo for your support!!!

What is fostering?

When you foster an animal, you take care of an animal until it can find a forever home. It's a great way to help and give love to an animal without giving a permanent commitment to keep it. Whether you are looking for a mellow kitten that sleeps all day to a ball-chasing dog that loves going for long walks, our goal is to place an animal that fits your needs and is compatible with your lifestyle.

What is an animal sponsorship?

If you would like to help, but cannot bring a pet into your home, please consider supporting the pet of your choice with a donation to KARES.  Call KARES for more information. (808-333-6299)