This past month, the Hawaiian Humane Society was part of a unique case and helped facilitate the most joyous of reunions!
In early April, Glenda Tucker was hospitalized due to COVID-19 on Oahu. Hawaiian Humane Society's field services team was notified that Glenda had a pet, a Maltese/Chihuahua mix named Mana who was also a Hawaiian Humane alum. As Glenda was unable to care for Mana while being treated at Tripler Army Medical Center, our Field Services team quickly set out to pick up Mana from Glenda's home and brought him back to our Moiliili campus to a special COVID-19 pet quarantine space. This space was designated at the onset of the COVID-19 crisis specifically for pets whose owners are affected by the virus, and has allowed us to isolate pets of COVID-19 patients for 14 days and provide them care by an appointed team in a safe environment.
While hospitalized, Glenda was incredibly concerned about her beloved pet. Upon learning that Mana was being cared for by Hawaiian Humane, Glenda's ER doctor connected her with our Chief Veterinarian, Dr. Kasey Carter, who he just so happened to know personally! With these dots connected, Dr. Carter was able to call Glenda directly at the hospital and provide her updates on Mana's wellbeing and much-needed peace of mind, which allowed her to focus on her own health and road to recovery.
Last week Saturday, April 25, Glenda was discharged from the ICU and finally reunited with her beloved Mana. In a joyful reunion, Mana was just as excited to see Glenda and she was to see him!
Our mission at Hawaiian Humane is to keep people and their pets together and we were so thrilled to do our part and help this family reunite after such a harrowing battle.
Glenda and Mana's story was featured on KHON2's evening broadcast this past Tuesday! If you missed it, you can watch the reunion yourself by clicking the button below!
We can't wait for the day that we can welcome the community and our helpful volunteers back to campus! While we wait for the OK to return to the hustle and bustle of normal life at Hawaiian Humane, we have some seriously amazing volunteers who continue to show their love and commitment to our animals–even from home! While following the city and state's Stay-at-Home orders, Hawaiian Humane volunteers Mika and Alan are currently caring for Princess, a 10-year-old Chihuahua, through our emergency foster care program. During their time at home with Princess, Mika has also put her crafting skills to work and sewn and donated more than 20 washable cloth face coverings for our staff who are still working on campus!
A big mahalo to Mika and Alan for their support and for helping our staff stay safe!
HOW TO HELP
There are a variety of ways to help people and their pets during the current COVID-19 crisis. Here are a few ways to help people and pets in temporary need:
Donate via Hawaiian Humane's Amazon Smile Wish List
A number of programs such as adoptions, foster care and animal admissions remain open at Hawaiian Humane Society as they are deemed essential services by the City & County of Honolulu. Your donation of food, treats or items goes directly to animals utilizing these essential programs or our Pet Food Bank that provides temporary aid to pet owners in need of assistance during these difficult times.
You can set the shipping for any Amazon Smile Wish List items directly to our campus at:
Hawaiian Humane Society - Donations 2700 Waialae Ave. Honolulu, HI 96826
Did you know that the majority of the shelter's operations are made possible by the contributions of individual donors? If you're able to support in any way, your donation will go toward helping our animals, staff and community stay safe and healthy at this time.
Saying goodbye to a beloved pet is never easy. Find comfort and compassion in the Hawaiian Humane Society's Pet Loss Support Group, facilitated by counselor Rosemarie Grigg.
Our next meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 5, at 6:30 pm, via video conference. Spaces are limited and open to the public as well as current attendees. To RSVP and receive the link to join the private virtual meeting, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Learn more about the stages of grief, what to tell kids and pet loss support hotlines and books in our pet loss brochure.
Pet Loss Support Group Tuesday, May, 5 at 6:30 pm Private Virtual Meeting via Zoom
When Tio first came to the Hawaiian Humane Society, he won over the hearts of a lot of staff and volunteers—and now we’re happy to share that he has a new family! In mid-March, Tio went to an emergency foster home because of the COVID-19 crisis but, after showing off his goofy, lovable personality and the same love and affection we knew him to have, his foster family decided to make their home a permanent one for Tio. His new family, the Barron ohana, shared that Tio (now named Butter) has been doing well in his new home so far and loves walks, tummy rubs and sleeping on the couch with Musubi (one of their other current dogs and another Hawaiian Humane alum) as well as their kids. They said, “he’s hilarious, occasionally stubborn and 100% adorable. Even though he’s an ‘old-timer’, he’s young at heart and a wonderful addition to our family.”
At this time, the Hawaiian Humane Society still has more than 300 animals off-site with emergency foster families and is now in the process of finding them all permanent homes.
Check our Emergency Foster Adoptions page to see all of our available animals that are with foster families and email email@example.com to schedule an appointment to learn more about an animal you’re interested in. If an animal has already been adopted, more animals continue to be available on Hawaiian Humane’s Emergency Foster Adoptions webpage. Keep checking to see if there’s another animal that may be a good match for you!
IN THE NEWS
An in-depth look at President and CEO Anna Neubauer's background, her goals for Hawaiian Humane's role in the animal welfare landscape and how we're still supporting Oahu's animals during the COVID-19 pandemic.