Lava Dogs 808 - For Dog Lovers in Hawaii
The purpose of this website is to not only share knowledge of what resources are available for our dogs, but to promote responsible dog ownership and bond together to make our island more dog-friendly. It is up to us to set a good example: Pick up after your dog, keep your dog on leash when they're supposed to, register your dog with Humane Society and update it when required, spay/neuter your dog (free coupons available at Humane Society), ask before entering if it's okay to bring in your friendly dog, and use good judgment on bringing your dog to a public place where adults and children congregate and possibly other dogs or maybe chickens and cats. We set the examples, and ONE BAD INSTANCE can change any of our dog-friendly listings in an instant, which has happened to THREE places since we started this website. If you want to see more dog-friendly places on Hawai'i Island, our voices need to be heard by our County representatives. Complaining gets us nowhere, but showing aloha and sending your thoughts and suggestions (this is important!) will make a difference. If you'd like to be part of making a difference, please send me an email to me: Rhonda@lavadogshawaii.com. In May 2017, I had conversations with State Representative Cindy Evans regarding a State Bill allowing dogs in restaurants. Also in May, I met with a group that included County District 9 Council Member Tim Richards, previous Councilwoman Margaret Wille, and County Parks and Recreation Director Charmaine Kamaka as well as two other dog-loving residents. We are working together to change the wording in our current County Code to allow County dog parks, starting with Waikoloa Village. The newly-formed "Friends of Waikoloa Village Dog Park" meet monthly, typically the first Monday at 5:00 pm, at the Waikoloa Village Association Community Room located at 68-1792 Melia Street. Meeting announcements are posted on our Facebook page. I am only one person, but could greatly use your help and support to make this a reality. Contact me to learn more as well as contact your County and State representatives in the links above.
This website includes resources such as parks, trails, beaches, overnight boarding, doggie daycare, dog-sitting, training, shelters, vacation rentals, restaurants, stores, traveling with your dog, moving a dog overseas, local and online dog product vendors, dog-related events, where to buy raw meaty bones and other healthy dog food, poisonous plants and food (to dogs), safe landscaping choices for dogs, laws that regulate dogs in Hawaii, and more! I am in constant contact with property owners, managers, and local government officials to get the straight scoop! We also coordinate group dog hikes, so make sure to follow us on Facebook for upcoming hike announcements! Please feel free to contact me with any suggestions for the website. Mahalo for your interest!
PLEASE NOTE: We try our sincere best to keep listings fair and up-to-date and apologize in advance for any unintentional oversight. Please contact us with any corrections or additional information (including photos), or if you'd like us to visit your business to learn more and take photos. We put a considerable amount of time and money into this "community service" out of love for the island and our dogs and receive no compensation except for any ads shown here. We are happy to promote any legitimate dog-related business.
ADVERTISE WITH US: I will place your ad on our Lava Dogs page and promote your business through Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter! $20 per month. Discounted rates for 6 month or 1 year contract agreements. Please send your business ads as a .jpg file to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Ad size should be 300 pixels wide X 100 pixels tall (or no more than 300 pixels tall). Mahalo for your support!
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