We accept strays and owner turn-ins!
OAARS does not discriminate against any breed. We will accept requests of restricted breeds, as long as off-base foster homes are available.
**Strays found** -- If you pick up a lost/stray animal on base, please take it to the vet on Kadena or Karing Kennels to be scanned for a microchip. If you pick up a lost/stray animal off base and there are signs of ownership, you must take this animal and report him/her as “Found” to the local police station/city hall in the area you found the animal. Okinawa requires residents off base (SOFA included) to register all animals. In most situations, an animal that you find will have already been reported “Lost”. If this is not the case, there is a 90 day hold period required before this animal can be adopted to a new family. We can still do an intake and hold in foster care for those 90 days.
Note: this form is fillable; click link, download, open to fill.
Required in addition to the Intake form:
A current photo of the cat or dog.
If the animal is an owner turn-in:
A copy of your cat/dog's current medical record showing the vaccine history and spay/neuter. Records can be acquired from the Kadena VTF and all off-base vet clinics without an appointment. A new FeLV/FIV test is needed for cats and a heart worm test dated within 6 months for dogs.
If a stray animal is found:
Cats - Mandatory FeLV/FIV test with result certificate shown.
Dogs - Mandatory heart worm test with results shown.
A fee of $100 will be required to cover the necessary costs of each animal; exceptions are considered for litters. If the dog is heart worm positive, we will require 3 months of heart worm medicine/antibiotics to be donated as well. If you prefer not to purchase these, the cost can be added in. Due to our financial/resource limitations, approval for intake cannot be guaranteed for a cat/dog with no vaccine history and/or is not fixed at the time of intake request. If you have concerns with this fee, please advise in your email to the Intake Coordinator.
Please keep in mind that OAARS operates completely on foster homes and that we do have a limit on the number of animals that we’re allowed to take into our on-base housing. We cannot take your animal or rescue in at a moment’s notice. Our fosters' homes are usually at capacity and throughout most of the year we do have a wait list depending on our space availabilities. Please be patient and considerate when turning in an animal to OAARS.