HONOLULU (KHON2) – The Hawaii Police Department’s animal shelters are open to the public by appointment only for those looking for their lost animal.

If you are a verified pet owner or authorized representative who is looking to redeem an animal, you’ll need to provide valid proof of ownership to an Animal Control Officer. 

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Members of the public are also encouraged to drop off a stray animal they might have found to be scanned for a microchip. 

Once an animal is dropped off at one of their shelters, they are then categorized as follows:

  • Animals being held as part of a police investigation, including confiscated animals under Hawai‘i County Code (HCC 4-4)
  • Stray animals held for the mandatory 48-hour hold under HCC 4-3-1
  • An animal whose owner(s) have been arrested, is deceased or surrendered their animals

Hawaii Police Department’s animal shelters prioritize sick, injured or dangerous animals that pose a risk to public safety based on their public fact sheet.

For more information on their fact sheet head to their website and click Animal Control Services. 

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To make an appointment to visit an Animal Control shelter you are asked to call (808) 327-3558 and leave a message.