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Kaaawa K9 Rescue is a charitable 501(c)3 non-profit rescue organization founded in 2015 in Kaaawa, Oahu. We specialize in rescuing dogs who are severely abused, neglected, and abandoned, focusing our efforts on the Windward side of the island. We work tirelessly every day, to rehabilitate and find loving homes for the animals we take under our care.
Kaaawa K9 responds to the abuse and neglect distress calls daily and assist in all phases of the rescue regardless of breed. As the only NO KILL shelter on the Windward side, we are convinced that every dog deserves a chance to live a full, happy life, no matter how neglected, abused, or hurt it is - no animal in dire need of rescue is turned away by our organization.
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Overbreeding and unaffordable vet care on the island has been the underlying cause of rising numbers of abandoned animals on the island.
Kaaawa K9 Rescue pioneered as a leader in creating multiple low-income community and hunter community programs that advocate responsible animal ownership and spay/neutering of animals. We partnered with numerous Veterinary clinics in the effort to provide affordable vet care to a large number of communities from Kailua to the North Shore.
We believe that with proper mentoring, education, and affordable medical care, the acute problem of thousands of abused and abandoned animals on the island can be solved.
Kaaawa K9 Rescue 
Founder and President 
Michelle Cooley
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