We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization of volunteers dedicated to improving 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.


4th year of read-aloud visits at Haiku Boys & Girls Club
3rd year of read-aloud visits at Makawao Boys & Girls Club
3rd year of animal care education visits at Kihei Elementary School
2nd year of read-aloud visits at Central & Kahekili Boys & Girls Clubs
2nd year of new students club and read-aloud visits at Kihei Elementary School
2nd year of counselor session visits Haiku Elementary School
November Events:
Nov 4 & 21, Univ of Hawaii Maui Campus Library
Nov 28 & 29, Thanksgiving visits to Roselani, Hale Makua & Ka Hale A Ke Ola Homeless Shelter
Future Events:
December 10 11:15am-12pm Presentation at Kaunoa Senior Center, Paia
December 12 3-5pm, start of regular Thursday read-aloud sessions at Barnes and Noble store
December 20 5-9pm, Re-Tail Therapy at Queen Ka'ahumanu Center
January 18 9:30am-1:00pm, our annual Fit 4 the Dogs Fundraiser at Queen Ka'ahumanu Center

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