Facility update for East Side Services

Hawaii Rainbow Rangers is excited to announce the next step in our services for the east side of Hawaii County.

Effective immediately the Hawaii Rainbow Rangers is migrating all services to a new location in Keaau, HI. This collaboration with Bar-King Dog Kennels, located at 16-1900 35th Avenue, Keaau, HI 96749, will drastically increase the accessibility of services to the community.

Adoptable animals are now front and center with over 5 play/interaction yards to help new adopters interact in a safe and fun manner with dogs and our wonderful cats can now easily be viewed in large condo housing!

This new location also will allow other vital services like dog licensing, microchipping, and stray intake to be even more accessible.

The new interim location will be open to the public between the hours of 11am – 4pm, closed Tuesdays. Tuesdays only stray intakes are accepted to allow us time to focus on giving our shelter population a clean and sanitized environment.

We are also excited to announce great new volunteer and foster opportunities at this location. We are now actively seeking volunteers for dog walkers & cat cuddlers, creative volunteers to help photograph all our population, adoption counselors, and much more! (Check out the volunteer page to signup)

This location will maintain as our primary services location as we continue to develop our brand new and final shelter location for the east side located in Keaau (more details will be provided soon).

If you’re interested in being a part of the evolution of Animal Services in Hawaii County and want to help get us to our goal of making Hawaii County a lifesaving community, consider becoming an HRR Champion and become a direct influence on the advancement of HRR’s mission.


Facility update for waimea shelter

Hawaii Rainbow Rangers (HRR) is taking over operations of the previous Hawaii Island Humane Society Building located 67-1611 Mamalahoa Highway in Waimea.  

The location will function as the non-profit animal welfare organizations’ operational facility for Field Services and Sheltering including adoptions, fostering, return to field programs, and community programs. 

HRR took over the facility on Feb. 1 and is in the process of renovating and updating the location. Plans are to fully open to the public in early spring for all services. 

"This marks the next big step for HRR to move out of interim services with the county and begin providing full animal services to the island of Hawaii,” said Nick Lippincott, director of operations/embed program for Best Friends Animal Society and Hawaii Rainbow Rangers. “This facility will provide adoptions, sheltering, resources, and field services staff ensuring citizens and animals needing assistance will receive it in a faster and more efficient manner.” 

Expanded capacity and accessibility of services including dog licensing, microchipping, and community services (like fostering/community service/RTF &TNR) are additional benefits of the new location. 


HRR is hiring for a multitude of positions across the island. Volunteers and fosters are also welcome to join the organization’s efforts.

New updates for reporting a lost pet online

Microchip your pet for only $25 at hrR!

HRR wants to help whenever possible in reuniting you with your lost pet. That includes tools you can use from home to help let the community know your lost friend is out there and needs help. We've made updates to our lost pet page to now report a lost pet more simply than ever before. Lost Pet Flyers have now been simplified and are available even if you do not want to report a pet officially to HRR.

Here are some of the volunteer opportunities available:

  • dog & cat enrichment (walking, baths, playtime, etc.)

  • Kona facility maintenance & grounds-keeping

  • weekly blogger/writer

  • lost & found pet report assistance

  • general administrative tasks

  • social media assistance (photos!!)

  • supply shoppers

  • diversion & resource counselors

  • fundraisers


HRR is happy to announce the ability for Hawaii County Dog Owners to now register online for dog licenses. This service can be used to both order a new license or renew your existing license