Pet transfer program setting records on Kauai

Published: Oct. 19, 2015 at 9:57 AM HST
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LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) - Alaska Airlines and the Kauai Human Society are setting records this year in dogs and cats flown for free to the mainland for adoption.

The Garden Island reports about 350 dogs and cats have been transported so far in 2015, well above the 227 during roughly the same period last year. The program was implemented years ago to reduce homeless pets on an island with limited shelter space and a set number of homes.

Kauai Humane Society executive director Penny Cistaro says the program has doubled capacity for getting pets out.

An agreement with Alaska Airlines allows certain passengers to sign for animals, avoiding a cargo fee of about $300 per pet. Once on the mainland, Cistaro said the transferred animals are usually adopted within the first week.

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