KHON2: Humane societies across the islands need help now


June 6, 2022

HONOLULU (KHON2) — Puppies, kittens, and bunnies are all in need of a good home as humane societies across the island are filling up.

The Kauai Humane Society said they not only reached full capacity but are over capacity. The executive director said “we are over capacity and that means we have more than one animal in a cage. It means were using our isolation and sick rooms for holding animals as well.”

The Kauai Humane Society is offering to adopt and transfer an animal to the west coast for $150 to help free up some space — it normally costs $500 to $700. They also have a two-for-one cat and kitten special.

Abandonment and surrendering of pets are a big reason why the humane societies are full, and this is due to people downsizing and moving houses.

Katie Shannon from the Maui Humane Society said finding animal approved housing is “so so difficult and the housing that is allowed to have an animal at is so expensive that it’s really not obtainable for a large part of the population.”

The Hawaii Island Humane Society said a problem they’re facing is not having enough volunteers to give the animals enough attention and care saying “we have the smallest staff of all the humane societies in the state. So, we have just about 20 full time staff operating Hawaii Island Humane Society divided between our two shelters.”

Fostering helps open up space and June happens to be foster month! They said kittens are a good foster pet especially because it is the beginning of kitten season, and they will even give you a free kitten kit.

The Hawaiian Humane Society said “if the kittens you find are too young to be, you know, if they’re not two pounds or two months old, they cannot yet be spayed or neutered. So, they can’t go out for adoption just yet.” Also, they’re an animal among others that don’t need a lot of space to live.

The Kauai Humane Society said if you are living in a place where your landlord does not except pets, they will write a letter to them stating how long the animal will be fostered and what supplies you will be given to foster the pet.

It is also encouraged to let the humane societies know if there is a house open that allows for pets so they can help people who are trying to find a pet friendly home.

Humane societies are holding a foster open house for all animals at the end of the month.



You may also like…

SomeBunny to Love: Protect Your Rabbit against RHDV2

SomeBunny to Love: Protect Your Rabbit against RHDV2

Maui Humane Society is offering a FREE vaccination clinic to the public for rabbits on July 23rd from 9am-12pm at Maui Humane Society to protect against the fatal RHDV2. Maui Humane Society highly advises all rabbit owners to take advantage of the free clinic by booking an appointment. You can also reserve a free transfer carrier to pick up on July 15 or 16. Protect your rabbit against RHDV2!

Maui Humane Society awarded Community-Focused Programs Grant from the Dave & Cheryl Duffield Foundation

Maui Humane Society awarded Community-Focused Programs Grant from the Dave & Cheryl Duffield Foundation

Maui Humane Society has been awarded new funding to implement community-focused programs and services made possible by the generosity of the Dave & Cheryl Duffield Foundation, a private charitable foundation based in Incline Village, Nevada. The grant will be distributed over a three year term with the intent to increase life saving efforts and expand resources beyond the shelter to reach at-risk pets throughout the island. Funding highlights include the purchase of a specialized truck and trailer to provide veterinary community outreach, hiring an additional veterinarian and support team, an expanded Foster department, an educational Humane Enforcement Resource Officer, expanded Wings of Aloha program to support inter-island transfers and further development of pet owner resources to help keep animals in their homes.

Maui News: Maui Humane Society holding open houses about fostering dogs, cats and critters

Maui News: Maui Humane Society holding open houses about fostering dogs, cats and critters

Maui Humane Society is teaming up with national nonprofit Petco Love and Skechers to focus on the fun in fostering pets, which is lifesaving and especially critical during the busy summer months. Fostering is free, and it can begin on the same day. Maui Humane Society is participating in the nationwide Foster Open House:
June 25, 11:30 a.m.: For those interested in fostering dogs, puppies or Wings of Aloha fosters. Wings of Aloha is a donation-funded program that takes shelter animals and flies them to the mainland United States for adoption.
June 26, 11:30 a.m.: For those interested in fostering cats, kittens or critters (bunnies and guinea pigs)

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This