Would you let a dog crash on your couch?

HONOLULU (KHON2) — Don’t have time to be in a host family for long periods of time? You can now host your host family for as little as three days!

The Hawaiian Humane Society has introduced a new program called couch breakers.

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This new program was created to promote the short-term fostering of adult dogs and to lighten the space on the Moiliili campus.

Letting a dog crash on your couch for a while can provide the dog with a sense of rest and relaxation in a home, giving him a break from the busy environment of the shelter.

According to the HHS, the public can house dogs over six months old for at least 72 hours and up to two weeks.

HHS listed a few benefits of the Couch Crashers program:
● With the shelter population at an all-time high, the movement of dogs off our campus to
temporary homes help our team provide optimal care for additional animals that arrive
each day.
● Studies on dog behavior and health have shown that short-term foster programs like Couch
Crashers are especially beneficial for dogs, helping to reduce stress and increase
common cortisol levels in a shelter environment. While Hawaiian Humane is dedicated
animal care specialists and volunteers provide care and attention to shelter dogs, move
these dogs in a loving home environment, even temporarily, has a profound impact on their
welfare.
● The program also allows potential adopters to learn more about the dogs they might be
interested before committing for life.

If you would like to participate in the program, you can visit HHS Wednesday through Monday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and check in at the Couch Crashers consultation table.

After you are matched with a dog, HHS will provide you with the necessary supplies and care for the dog during its stay.

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HHS is asking foster families to complete a virtual newsletter for their foster dog. This report will help HHS match the dog with a permanent home that will best meet their needs.