Couch Crashers Foster Program

Couch Crashers

Couch Crashers is Hawaiian Humane’s short-term foster program to promote adult dog adoption and provide shelter dogs with a brief respite. This time in a loving home helps them relax, gain more socialization and sometimes even learn some new skills. This time also helps potential adopters get to know dogs they are interested in adopting before they make the lifelong commitment!

Studies regarding dog behavior and health have shown that short term foster programs are especially beneficial for dogs in a shelter setting, helping to reduce stress and cortisol levels. Taking a break to “couch crash” enables these dogs to receive lots of love and attention with their foster or potential fur-ever home.  The information gathered through this program about the dogs helps us match them with a home that will best meet their needs. 

Couch Crashers FAQ

  • How do I participate?

    1. Visit our Adoptions center, daily from 11 am – 6 pm. No appointment is necessary.

    2. Visit the dedicated Couch Crashers help desk on Hawaiian Humane’s Mō’ili’ili campus.

    3. The adoption representative will ask you to complete our Couch Crasher application, present a photo ID (we will confirm your physical address), and share more information with you about the dog. We will match you with a dog based on your lifestyle, existing pets in your household and the accommodations you can provide.

    4. If the dog will be a good fit for your household, we will provide you with needed supplies, and …off you go with your new short-term roommate.

  • How long should I expect my Couch Crasher to stay with me?

    We typically request a Couch Crasher to be with you for a period of one to two weeks. In some situations, we may ask you to care for the dog for a shorter or longer period of time depending on our housing capacity for all the dogs in our care. Right now, we are asking that you keep your “couch crasher” for a minimum of 72 hours.

  • What happens when my Couch Crasher is ready to come back to Hawaiian Humane?

    Once the fostering period is over, bring the dog back to our Admissions Center located at the rear of our property, on Kehena Place and near the upper parking lot. No appointment is necessary.

    Please bring back the provided supplies and ensure to complete your virtual Couch Crasher Report Card.

  • What if I'm interested in adopting a dog that is located off-site with a Couch Crasher foster family?

    Complete and submit the Couch Crasher Interest Form for the specific dog you would like to meet! Note: Completing this form does not reserve or hold any animal for adoption and is only to indicate interest. Adoptions are facilitated on a first come, first serve basis.

  • What if I’ve fallen in love my Couch Crasher foster dog and I’d like to adopt?

    Please contact our Adoptions team at with the name and AID# of your Couch Crasher. We will reach out to facilitate the adoption over the phone, or you may also come into the Adoption Center in person to adopt.

  • What if the Couch Crasher experiences medical issues while in my care?

    If a medical issue arises, bring the dog to our Shelter Clinic (through our Admissions Center) Monday through Sunday, 12 – 6 pm. No appointment is necessary; walk-in only. Please wait with your Couch Crasher while it is being treated by our veterinary team.

    Please do not delay in bringing your foster dog to our clinic if you suspect an illness or injury.

    If your Couch Crasher is experiencing an after-hours medical emergency (before 8 am and after 6 pm) please call us immediately at 808-356-2250.