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Puna Pet Update - 5-11-18


KEAAU, HAWAII (05.11.18) – Along with many government and other nonprofit agencies that serve the Puna District, Hawaii Island Humane Society has been working diligently to assist people with their pet needs during the eruption emergency evacuation. We know that residents in and near the evacuation zone are under severe pressure and want to provide an update on the Hawaii Island Humane Society’s initiatives and activities to help people with their pet needs.

Pets that have been displaced by the eruption and dropped off at the Hawaii Island Humane Society’s Keaau Shelter will be cared for and housed during the immediate crisis. Hawaii Island Humane Society has deployed up to eight animal control officers each day when allowed access into Leilani Estates to search for animals. We have gone door-to-door but much of the subdivision remains off limits due to safety concerns. Hawaii Island Humane Society continues to leave food and water for those animals in Leilani Estates that we have not yet found and rescued. To date, Hawaii Island Humane Society has rescued 16 dogs, 3 rabbits, 4 tortoises and 4 cats. Only two of these animals remain with all others picked up by their owners. In addition, 2 cats, 2 dogs and a rabbit have been surrendered to us by their owners. Spearheaded by local ranchers. 1,400 livestock and 32 horses have been relocated.

Pet Friendly Shelters

Puna Community Center and Keaau Senior Center are pet friendly centers where dogs and cats are sheltered with their owners. There are currently 100 dogs and 30 cats in residence with their owners. The Red Cross Shelters are all pet friendly and still have space if you are displaced with your pets. Hawaii Island Humane Society has provided supplies at each of the shelters for your pets’ care and comfort.

Found Pets

Call the Hawaii Island Humane Society’s Keaau Shelter at 966-5458, file a found report and we will do our best to reunite animals and their people. If you see strays, pick them up and drop them off to us at the Keaau Shelter.

Lost Pets

Call the Hawaii Island Humane Society’s Keaau Shelter at 966-5458 and file a lost report. Remember that microchipping is the best way for us to track down an owner of a lost pet.

More Puna Pet Information

If you know of animals in Leilani Estates, call us with the address and we will pick them up. If your dogs are tied up to protect your property, please remove them due to the poor air quality in the area. If you have cats on your property, contact the Keaau Shelter to borrow traps. If you are staying with relatives or friends and can’t keep your pets, call us at 966-5458 as we have available fosters. If you have room on your property to keep extra pets, call us at 966-5458.

Call for Volunteers:

If you are able to man the registration desk at the Red Cross Shelters or if you’re available to pick up and deliver donated supplies, call the Keaau Shelter at 966-5458 to add your name to the volunteer call list.

Need to contact the Hawaii Island Humane Society during off hours? Call 1-855-899-5761 and we will do our best to return your call in a timely manner.

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