The Hawaiian Humane Society brings the joy of pets to hospitals, hospices and other senior and health care partners islandwide. The proven benefits from these visits include reduced anxiety, relief from loneliness and enhanced well-being. Learn more about how animals and people help each other.
The Society accepts service, therapy and visitation animals into the program. Animals are assessed only for visitation purposes. Animal training is not provided.
Service animal: The ADA defines a service animal as dogs that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities. Tasks may include guiding people who are blind, alerting those who are deaf, pulling a wheelchair, alerting and protecting someone who is having a seizure, or other duties. They are working animals, not pets. The task(s) they are trained for must be directly related to the person’s disability. Dogs whose sole function is to provide comfort or emotional support DO NOT qualify as service animals under the ADA.
Therapy animal: An animal who is specially trained to provide emotional assistance to people to achieve specific physical, social, cognitive or emotional goals.
Visitation animal: An animal who visits facilities to help reduce anxiety, loneliness and enhance well-being.