Looking Out for Man’s Best Friend

By Jacque LeBlanc
Wednesday - May 25, 2011 Share

By Jacque LeBlanc
Community Relations Director / Hawaiian Humane Society

For more than 100 years, Hawaiian Humane Society has served as a focal point of Oahu’s animal community and plays an ever-evolving role as mediator on the changing relationship between people and animals.

In its early days, the Society protected primarily working animals, unwed mothers, adopted out children, and cared for those with mental illness. The Society’s mission of creating a “humane society” has always been about people as much as animals.

Today, we welcome all animals - not just cats and dogs - in need of our care. As Oahu’s only open-door animal shelter, we do not turn any animal away for any reason. We ensure that thousands of homeless animals are not roaming the streets trying to survive on their own.

In 2010, we celebrated more than 6,100 adoptions, 2,732 reunions of lost pets with owners and responded to more than 17,000 calls for help from the community.

Dedicated volunteer Caroline Viola walks shelter dogs weekly. Photo courtesy Hawaiian Humane Society

Like so many nonprofit organizations, we are finding creative solutions to do more with less. Through our partnerships with volunteers, business and welfare groups, we are helping more animals than ever before. We are your island humane society serving every community on Oahu from Kapolei to Kailua and Waimanalo to Waianae.

We are committed to reducing pet overpopulation with spaying and neutering. More than 7,000 pets were sterilized at the Humane Society last year. Preventing unplanned litters reduces euthanasia and homeless animals in our neighborhoods. If every pet owner sterilized their pets and those feeding feral cats utilized our free spay and neuter services, together, we could save more lives.

When it comes to animal welfare on Oahu, Hawaiian Humane Society is just one part of the solution to making Hawaii more pet-friendly, and supporting the human-animal bond and the humane treatment of all animals. We hope that everyone plays a role in our work and joins our cause.

For more information, visit HawaiianHumane.org.


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