Beach Buddies Program
The Maui Humane Society Beach Buddies program allows visitors and residents to take a shelter dog out for a day of fun every Wednesday & Friday from 11 am – 4 pm. Adventure to the cooler temperatures of Upcountry and explore forested hikes, splash around on the beach or grab lunch at a dog-friendly restaurant. *You must be 18 years or older to sign up.*
How does Beach Buddies work?
Sign up by clicking ‘Sign Up’ above and selecting your preferred Beach Buddies date on the calendar. We release the calendar dates only one month in advance, on the first of every month. There are five spots available on each Beach Buddies date plus five wait list spots. We will confirm your attendance a day or two before your outing by email and/or phone. We must get the confirmation from you before 9:00 am on the morning of your outing or we will contact our wait listed participants to take your spot.
The day of your outing…
Please arrive promptly at the shelter at 11:00 am. You’ll be given an overview of the day and we’ll run through a few procedural items. Our staff will be pairing you up with a dog based on your dog handling experience and desired activity level. You can drop the dog off any time before 4:00 pm.
What to Expect
Your beach buddy will be bathed and ready to head out for their adventure after the 11:00 am briefing. We’ll have a backpack full of supplies to accompany your pup; including a water bottle, bowl, towel, treats, poop bags and a seatbelt.
There is no charge to participate in Beach Buddies, however a suggested minimum donation of $20 is greatly appreciated and helps to offset the costs associated with operating this program. You can support beach Buddies by using the button below, or donate in person at the time of your excursion. We also offer a 10% discount on all our retail items including Beach Buddies tees, tanks and stickers.
Can I bring my own dog on Beach Buddies?
Although our Beach Buddies dogs are generally dog-friendly, we ask that your Beach Buddies dog be the only dog on your excursion. Our shelter dogs often share kennels so they benefit greatly from the one-on-one attention that Beach Buddies provides. Plus, being the only dog gives your Beach Buddy a chance to shine to potential adopters!
Can I request a specific size or breed of dog?
The majority of our Beach Buddies dogs are medium to large sized and may be strong. Due to the constant flux of dogs in and out of the shelter, we cannot fulfill requests to be paired with a dog that excludes specific breeds or sizes.
Is this program just for visitors?
All are welcome to participate in Beach Buddies, both visitors, locals and MHS volunteers.
Where can we go with our dog?
The brochure we provide will give you a general idea of where you can take your dog. It’s best if you stay on the South Side (Kihei/Wailea) rather than the West Side (Lahaina/Ka’anapali) due to potential traffic issues. In addition to the beach, we encourage you to venture Upcountry for beautiful forested hiking on the easy Waihou Spring Forest Reserve trail or the moderate Kahakapao Loop Trail in the Makawao Forest Reserve.
Who do I call if I have any questions when I am out with my dog?
For non-emergencies (you are running late to return your dog, etc.), please call (808) 877-3680 ext. 3. For any emergencies, please call (808) 877-3680 ext. 211 which is our Humane Enforcement dispatch and they will help you.
For more information about Beach Buddies, email us or call (808) 877-3680 ext. 224.