For instance, in recent months we have offered adult cats free to qualified, loving homes. Often, wonderful mature cats are overlooked by potential adopters when there are adorable kittens available.
On the other hand, when there is great interest in a particular animal (cat or dog), they become a "kokua" pet, and their adoption fee is increased slightly by $25-$100 on average. In keeping with the meaning of kokua, this increased fee helps other animals. For example, we might use this revenue to cover shipping costs to send an animal off-island for adoption. Or we might decrease or eliminate adoption fees for another pet that has not found a
home--like the adult cats we mentioned above.
A kokua pet is not necessarily a purebred, and every purebred that comes to MHS is not necessarily a kokua pet. In fact, the most recent purebred we received (a weimeraner named Odie) was not a kokua pet, but an extraordinarily cute litter of pug mix puppies were.
Adoption fees have nothing to do with the “value” of an animal. We believe all pets have equal value and all deserve to be placed in loving homes. Flexible adoption fees to ensure that they get these homes is what the kokua program is all about.