A big MAHALO to all the wonderful people who attended our FIT 4 THE DOGS fundraising event at Queen Ka’ahumanu Center on January 18. It was a huge success and a lot of fun for the humans and dogs. WE’LL BE BACK NEXT YEAR!

Come join us at BARNES & NOBLE store every THURSDAY 3-5pm. Kids can read aloud to a dog while parents shop!


We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization of volunteers dedicated to enriching the quality of lives through the magic of pet therapy. Our work includes pet therapy visits to nursing homes and adult day care centers, comfort visits with hospice patients, as well as various educational and therapy programs at schools, children’s camps and Boys & Girls Clubs.


10th year of comfort visits to Hale Makua Kahului and Roselani Place
5th year of read-aloud visits at Haiku Boys & Girls Club
4th year of read-aloud visits at Makawao Boys & Girls Club
3rd year of animal care education visits at Kihei Elementary School
2nd year of new students club and read-aloud visits at Kihei Elementary School
2nd year of counselor session visits at Haiku Elementary School
2nd year of comfort and read-aloud visits at Ka Hale A Ke Ola Homeless Shelter
2nd year of comfort visits at Kula Hospital
February Events:
Every Thursday 3-5pm, read-aloud sessions at Barnes and Noble, Maui Martketplac
February 12 & 27 11:30am-1pm Univ of Hawaii Maui Campus Library stress-relief visits

View CARING K9s Intro Video!


Watch the Full Video!

Many thanks to Troy Daniels – Maui Akai Productions for this video and photography, and all the people, kids, handlers and dogs that supported this wonderful video story of what we do and made it possible! Stay tuned for more!

Click here to see the November 2016 article “Unleashing joy” about Caring K9s Maui in The Maui News

Click here to see the Fall 2017 article about the R.E.A.D. teams of Caring K9s Maui in The Maui Family Magazine
Click here to see the Sept/Oct 2019 Just Labs article “Reading with Confidence”, featuring our Executive Director, Melodie Ulman. Although this article is about kids reading with Labs, our read-aloud teams include dogs of many breeds, including mixed breeds and rescues.

Caring K9s Teams

Our therapy dogs are pets, and at the end of a day’s visiting, they go home with their owner-handlers. We do not train our dogs to be service animals, but we do love to share them. Click below to see all our therapy dog teams.

See Our Teams!

Serving the Community

Therapy dog visits help to put a smile on people’s faces, brighten their day, or bring back cherished pet memories. Our teams visit many facilities and populations on Maui. Click below to read about the communities we serve.

Communities We Serve

Looking to Volunteer?

We are always looking for new volunteers to expand our services. The training and evaluation can take from a few weeks to three months depending on the handler and the dog. Click below to explore volunteer opportunities with us.

Volunteer Opportunities