New beginnings happen every day at the Hawaiian Humane Society. Every time a child takes home her first pet, a family chooses to foster a litter of kittens or a veterinarian tends to an injured dog or cat, it creates a new opportunity for animals to thrive and find happiness.
It’s amazing to think of how many fresh starts have occurred right here, thanks to the employees and volunteers who have dedicated themselves to advancing Hawaiian Humane’s mission. Over the past 136 years, countless animals have been rescued from homelessness or abuse; sheltered, fed and cared for. From these new beginnings, thousands go on to find happy endings in permanent homes with loving families.
Now, it’s time for the Society to undergo a rebirth of its own. Any longstanding organization, especially one with an eye toward the future, should always be looking to improve and evolve its practices. As interim CEO, I’m proud to be a part of the change as the Society writes the next chapter in its story.
Earlier this year, I was asked to come to the Hawaiian Humane Society, joining a team of experts to take a close look at the organization’s operations. We made several recommendations for expanding or updating the Society’s policies and procedures for euthanasia, assessing animals and working with those who need a little extra care or training prior to adoption.
We worked closely with Hawaiian Humane’s board of directors to lay the foundation for these changes. Some improvements have already been made to enhance the safety and well-being of our employees and the welfare of the animals in our care. Other changes will occur as part of a long-term approach to animal care to ensure the Hawaiian Humane Society can continue to serve the community for years to come.
I welcome the opportunity to be a part of this organization’s evolution. I have had the great privilege of working in animal welfare and shelter management for 40 years. During that time, I’ve worked with many passionate and caring individuals, including many at the Society, to help improve the lives of animals. I look forward to working with the dedicated employees and volunteers during this exciting time of growth and transformation.
As always, we are grateful to have the continued support of our donors, volunteers and the greater community. Mahalo to each and every one of you for standing by our cause and supporting our vision to create a brighter future for Hawaii’s animals.
Martha C. Armstrong