Education and advocacy for Oahu's pet animals is a large part of the Hawaiian Humane Society's everyday work. As part of a continued effort to improve animal welfare practices on Oahu, Hawaiian Humane, in partnership with Councilmember Ann Kobayashi, the area representative for the Society's Moiliili campus, has recently introduced Bill 59, overhauling Oahu's pet identification and stray animal ordinances.
The changes in this bill are designed to improve animal protection and care, and include the following provisions:
Replaces the underutilized dog license tag system with mandatory microchipping for cats and dogs
Decreases the minimum mandatory hold time for stray dogs and cats to five days to reduce the amount of time (and stress) animals have to undergo in a shelter environment
Increases the hold fee for stray dogs and cats to $10 per day, which is closer to the true cost of care
Mandates spay/neuter for any dog brought in as a stray three times within a 12-month period to protect animals and the public
Impose a $30 fine on owners of sterilized dogs brought in as stray three times or more within a 12-month period to encourage dog owners to keep their pets safe
This comprehensive bill will allow more animals to be reunited with their families and will mean that animals who are not reclaimed can find new families more quickly.
Bill 59 is up for first reading tomorrow, Wednesday, November 6, at 10 am, in front of the full City Council. To show your support, please submit testimony at Honolulu.gov/ccl-testimony-form.html before tomorrow morning. For more information about this effort or other Hawaiian Humane initiatives, email email@example.com.
Thankful for Second Chances Hawaiian Humane Society, Hawai'i Cat Cafe and partnering Petco locations islandwide
The Hawaiian Humane Society is thankful to those who opt to adopt, and so are the animals who get those second chances at a new family. To help all of our animals find the homes they deserve this holiday season, the Society has a new adoption special:
Dogs, ages 6 months and older - "Pick your price"
All cats and small animals of all ages - Waived adoption fees
Some exclusions may apply
Learn more about Hawaiian Humane's adoption process at HawaiianHumane.org and spread the word to those thinking about adding a new furry family member to their household.
Foster Care Orientation Saturday, November 16 Hawaiian Humane Society
The Hawaiian Humane Society's foster care program helps to save hundreds of lives each year. Consider becoming a foster care volunteer to help animals who are too small for sterilization, require medical care, are in need of socialization or more. Foster care orientations are held at the Society and cover official program protocols.
Hawaiian Humane's next orientation will be held on Saturday, November 16, from 8 to 9 am, in the Hawaiian Humane Society's classroom at our Moiliili campus. Reserve your spot today at HawaiianHumane.org.
Two "long-time" Hawaiian Humane Society residents recently found new homes!
Maui 10 years old
Seeing 10-year-old Maui come in and go out from the Hawaiian Humane Society multiple times over the last eight months had been hard for staff and volunteers but we all remained hopeful that this boy would eventually find the right home.
Then, last month, after seeing Maui make an appearance on the Society's inaugural segment of "Hawaii Pets Now," the Kojima family stopped by the shelter last Sunday to meet him. It was a paw-fect match! They were looking for a big, mellow dog and this sweetheart fit the bill.
Maui is now settling in at home with the Kojimas as happy as can be.
Potato Bug 2 years old
Two-year-old Potato Bug initially came to the Society with ringworm and after being treated by our veterinary staff went out for adoption. Available for the last seven months (since this past March), he had been patiently waiting at the Hawai'i Cat Cafe for a family who would be a match for his unique personality up until last Monday night!
Mahalo to the Hawai'i Cat Cafe for their help in Potato Bug's journey toward a new home and warm wishes to the new family!