The City & County of Honolulu provides certain animal-related services as part of its municipal responsibility to the community. On Oahu, this includes care and services largely related to management and care of stray animals and enforcement of certain animal-related laws. Oahu, like many counties nationwide, contract out these services to nonprofit animal welfare organizations, like the Hawaiian Humane Society, instead of providing the services directly by a county department. It is often more cost efficient and allows the county to benefit from animal welfare experts who specialize in shelter medicine and operations, and animal law enforcement.
What county services does the Humane Society provide?
• Stray dog pick up
• 24-hour animal emergencies and rescues
• 24-hour admission of all animals
• Animal sheltering and medical care
• Pet adoptions seven days a week at the shelter in Moiliili and six locations islandwide
• Daily pet lost and found services
In addition, the Humane Society also enforces these animal-related laws:
• Animal cruelty
• Barking dog complaints
• Cat identification
• Dangerous dog & dog bites
• Leash and license violations
• Animal abandonment
Last year, the contract enabled Hawaiian Humane to perform the following services for stray animals: welcome 16,183 animal arrivals, reunite 2,396 animals that were lost, find new families for 3,548 animals through adoption of which 985 required foster care services, perform 1,041 rescues, as well as sterilize 3,042 animals.
If I find a stray animal on Oahu where do I need to take him?
Animals may be taken to the Hawaiian Humane Society at 2700 Waialae Avenue in Honolulu 24-7.
Is the Hawaiian Humane Society a government agency?
No, it is not. Hawaiian Humane Society is an independent, local nonprofit largely supported by private donations. It is not affiliated with any national group nor other island humane societies.
What does the Humane Society see as Oahu’s most important animal-related issues?
Affordable and accessible spay/neuter services, overpopulation of Free-Roaming cats, developing a more progressive pet-friendly community and unregulated puppy sales are some of these key issues.
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