Pantries Opened to Provide Pet Food for Families Impacted by COVID-19

As part of the mission to enhance the bond between humans and animals and the commitment to keep families together, Hawaii Island Humane Society is opening Community Pet Pantries to provide pet food for those families impacted by COVID-19.

The Community Pet Pantry program is targeted at those who have been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis including community members who have lost their jobs, frontline healthcare workers, kupuna and those at high risk or immuno-compromised.   

“All of us at the Hawaii Island Humane Society want to make sure that the economic circumstances facing everyone in our community is not a crisis for your pets,” said HIHS Community Program Director Lauren Nickerson.

As supplies allow, Hawaii Island Humane Society will provide a 2-week supply of pet food to those in need. The amount of pet food received is based on the weight of your pet. Community members can request pet food by logging on to hihs.org/item/pet-pantry or by calling any of the shelter locations in Keaau, Waimea or Kona. After an application is received, a member of the HIHS team will call to schedule a pick up. Pet food pick up is by appointment only at the three shelter locations.  Bring your government issued ID when picking up your pet food. 

Donations

“The Hawaii Island Humane Society Community Pet Pantries rely solely on donations and we anticipate a greater need in the community, ” said HIHS Community Program Director Lauren Nickerson. “We continue to need donations of new, unopened bags and cans of adult dog food, adult cat food, puppy food and kitten food. Donations can be dropped off at any of our three shelter locations.” 

For those who want to help from the safety of their own home, donations can be made by purchasing pet food from our Amazon wishlist. Log on at http://www.hihs.org/donations/wish-list

Need more information? Call any one of the shelters locations and select option 0. Keaau Shelter 808-966-5458, Waimea Shelter 808-885-4558 and Kona Shelter 808-329-1175.

Fostering & Adopting Continues at HIHS

The community response to Hawaii Island Humane Society’s call for additional fosters has been incredible. Last week alone, 83 pets went to a foster home with an additional 41 pets adopted. Fostering is critical to Hawaii Island Humane Society’s lifesaving efforts by allowing more space in the shelters and additional room to hold incoming animals. 

HIHS Animal Care Technician Brendan Souza carries Brax to meet his new foster mom in the parking lot. HIHS is doing drive-up pick-ups for fosters and adopters to promote social distancing. PC: Lauren Nickerson.

Fostering is a rewarding experience that gives pets the chance to enjoy life in a home environment. Research by Maddie’s Fund has shown that even a short time in a foster home can decrease stress, improve behaviors and increase adoptability. Foster caregivers provide the Hawaii Island Humane Society (HIHS) with important information about their foster pet allowing to better promote them for adoption and match them with forever families. 

“Our shelters are fully staffed and we continue to care for the animals during this community crisis. While the community response has been wonderful so far, we continue to need more fosters. Hawaii Island Humane Society will provide the supplies as donations allow, medical care, support and education for foster caregivers. You supply the love,” said HIHS Community Program Director Lauren Nickerson.

Foster to Adopt Program

The greatest need today is for fosters who can care for medium and large adult dogs but with kitten season coming, HIHS will have an increasing need for kitten fosters.  

Unfortunately, with today’s shelter in place guidelines, Hawaii Island Humane Society is not able to permit the public into its shelters and browse the selection of adoptable pets. All adoptable pets are now available online at www.hihs.org

To enhance the bond between human and animals and to connect adoptable pets with loving, forever homes, community members will have up to 2 weeks to foster a pet and get to know them in the comfort of their homes. 

To sign up on the Foster to Adopt program go to http://hihs.org/adoption/item/adoption-during-covid-19

If you would like to help but cannot foster or adopt, the Hawaii Island Humane Society is accepting donations of new, unopened bags of dry dog, cat, kitten and puppy food to support our community in this time of need. Donations can be dropped off at any one of 3 shelter locations in Keaau, Waimea and Kona. Community members can contribute by also shopping on HIHS’s Amazon Wishlist found at hihs.org

Hawaii Island Humane Society’s Shelters Close

Hawaii Island Humane Society’s top priority is keeping people safe while continuing to provide the utmost care for shelter animals during this COVID-19 crisis. There is no evidence that companion animals have been infected or could spread the coronavirus (COVID-19) according to the World Health Organization.

COVID-19 Action Plan Update

Beginning on Wednesday, March 25, Hawaii Island Humane Society’s three shelters in Keaau, Waimea and Kona will close to the public and volunteers. Hawaii Island Humane Society (HIHS) shelter staff will continue to ensure that pets are fed and kennels are clean. 

HIHS will provide the following essential services during this time:          

• Intakes: If you find a lost or stray animal, please call one of the Hawaii Island Humane Society shelters to schedule an appointment to bring the pet in. While the shelters will remain open for intakes, please be prepared to wait as staff is reducing public interactions. 

• Animal Control: Animal control officers will continue to answer high priority and emergency calls. Those calls include injured or sick stray animals, cruelty and neglect complaints, bite complaints, and dangerous and aggressive dog complaints. Officers will respond to other calls as time and safety allow. HIHS’s capacity to respond to calls may be diminished during this time. 

• Lost Pets: Call to make an appointment at your nearest shelter. You will need to file a lost pet report and provide proof of ownership (photo, veterinary records). 

• Owner Surrendered Pets: Pet owners who are not facing an immediate crisis are encouraged to hold their pets for up to four weeks and surrender at a later day. Pet owners who need to immediately surrender pets can do so by appointment only. 

• Owner Requested Euthanasia: Owners requesting euthanasia services are encouraged to contact and schedule an appointment with the shelter in your area. 

• Adoptions and Fostering Programs: Adoptions and fostering are on hold at this time while we develop a plan to promote positive outcomes for our animals. Please check hihs.org or follow us on social media for updates.

All dog parks are closed.

Hawaii Island Humane Society will not be issuing spay and neuter coupons this month. Community spay and neuter programs including the Angel Day 2020 Spay & Neuter for Pit Bull Mixes at the Keaau Shelter slated for April 1 and 2 is also cancelled. All programs including microchipping, humane education classes, group visits, events, field trips for shelter dogs and new volunteer introductions are postponed until further notice. 

Dog license renewals by mail only. Renewal cards and payment should be made to Hawaii Island Humane Society, 78-6767 Mamalahoa Highway, Holualoa, HI 96725. Checks should be made payable to the Hawaii Island Humane Society. 

Please do not come to the shelters unless you require one of our essential services. The individual shelters can be contacted for appointments by calling the Keaau Shelter 808-966-5458, Kona Shelter 808-329-1175 and Waimea Shelter 808-885-4558. 

Follow us on social media or check out hihs.org for more information. 

Humane Society’s Plan for COVID-19

Amid community concerns regarding COVID-19, Hawaii Island Humane Society’s top priority is keeping people safe while continuing to provide the utmost care for shelter animals. According to the World Health Organization, there is no evidence that companion animals have been infected or could spread the coronavirus (COVID-19).

COVID-19 Action Plan

Hawaii Island Humane Society is following the guidelines provided by the National Animal Care & Control Association regarding animal control and sheltering services during the COVID-19 crisis. Beginning on Wednesday, March 18, Hawaii Island Humane Society’s three shelters in Keaau, Waimea and Kona will continue to open to the public during normal operating hours, with limited capacity. Hawaii Island Humane Society (HIHS) shelter staff will continue to ensure that pets are fed and kennels are clean. Field trips for shelter dogs are temporarily suspended.

HIHS will provide the following essential services during this time:          

• Animal Control: Animal control officers will continue to answer high priority and emergency calls. Those calls include injured or sick stray animals, cruelty and neglect complaints, bite complaints, and dangerous and aggressive dog complaints. Officers will respond to other calls as time and safety allow. HIHS’s capacity to respond to calls may be diminished during this time. 

• Adoptions: Adoptions will be by appointment only. To view animals available for adoption, visit hihs.org/adoptions, and follow HIHS on Instagram (@hawaiiislandhumanesociety) and Facebook. To schedule an adoption appointment at the Keaau shelter, contact Meagan at east.programs@hihs.org. Contact Alyssa at west.programs@hihs.org for adoption appointments at the Kona and Waimea shelters. 

Fostering: HIHS is currently faced with increased intakes, reduced adoptions and is in urgent need of fosters. While you are spending more time at home, please consider inviting a shelter pet to join you. HIHS currently has over 40 medium and large dogs available to go to a foster home today. For more information log on to hihs.org/foster or email Lauren@hihs.org.

• Intakes: If you find a lost or stray animal, please call one of the Hawaii Island Humane Society shelters to schedule an appointment to bring the pet in. While the shelters will remain open for intakes, please be prepared to wait as staff is reducing public interactions. 

• Owner Surrendered Pets: Pet owners who are not facing an immediate crisis are encouraged to hold their pets for up to four weeks and surrender at a later day. Pet owners who need to immediately surrender pets can do so at their scheduled intake time. 

• Lost Pets: Call or come to your nearest shelter. You will need to file a lost pet report and provide proof of ownership (photo, veterinary records). 

• Other Services: Renew your pet’s license at the shelters during normal business hours. Owners requesting euthanasia services are encouraged to contact and schedule with the shelter in your area. 

Hawaii Island Humane Society’s programs and services will be facilitated by staff only during this time. Microchipping, community spay and neuter, humane education classes, group visits, events and new volunteer introductions are postponed until further notice. 

Hawaii Island Humane Society encourages all pet owners to be safe and prepared. Make your plans and reach out to family and friends now to discuss arrangements in case someone in your family becomes ill. 

Our pets are our family, bringing comfort and emotional support. Please consider fostering and adopting as pets can bring more love into your home during these stressful times. 

Check out hihs.org for more information. 

Hawaii Island Humane Society Awarded Grant by Windermere Foundation

The Windermere Foundation has awarded Hawaii Island Humane Society a $2,000 grant to be used toward its New Leash on Life program. Each time a home is purchased or sold using a Windermere agent, a portion of the commission goes into the Windermere Foundation fund to benefit low-income and homeless families in their local communities.

“Our New Leash on Life program helps teens develop compassion and increased self-esteem through their bonding with a canine friend,” said Donna Whitaker, Hawaii Island Humane Society Executive Director. “We are so grateful that the Windermere Foundation and its local agents support programs in our community.”

Hawaii Island Humane Society’s New Leash on Life program affords teens who are in foster care or temporary housing a safe and fun outlet to spend time with shelter animals. Teens have the opportunity to socialize with the animals and learn basic dog obedience training. Teens gain a skill and the pets become more adoptable having learned basic commands such as sit, stay and walking on a leash.

“The funds for the grant award were donated and raised by our local Windermere agents who care deeply about their community,” said local Foundation Representative John Kennedy. “Helping the next generation develop their skills is a really great feeling.”

Howl’ween Dog Walks Slated for Hilo and Kona

Costumed Furry Friends Take to the Street to Raise Pledges at the Big Island’s Largest Dog Friendly Events

The Hawaii Island Humane Society is readying plans for its annual Howl’ween Dog Walk slated for Saturday morning, October 22 in Hilo and a week later on Saturday morning, October 29 in Kona. All walkers with – or without – dogs are invited to participate and are encouraged to raise pledges to support shelter animals. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. and the walks get underway at 8:00 a.m.

dog-costume“Our Howl’ween Dog Walks bring buckets of smiles to participants, pooches and passersby. What a great way to enjoy this seasonal holiday and encourage camaraderie between pets and their owners,” said HIHS Executive Director Donna Whitaker. “Everyone always enjoys seeing the dogs – and their owners – in fantastic costumes that really add to the holiday spirit.”

The Hilo Howl’ween Dog Walk, produced in partnership with Aloha Ilio Rescue, takes place at Queen Liliuokalani Park. The Kona Howl’ween Dog Walk gathers the following Saturday on the bayfront Honu Lawn at Courtyard Marriott King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel.

dog-contestThe HIHS Howl’ween Dog Walks include fun contests, costumes, prizes and team challenges. Registration is free and walkers are encouraged to join the pack and help raise funds. Event proceeds help offset costs of shelter supplies and low-cost spay and neuter services to help eliminate pet overpopulation on Hawaii Island. Secure pledges can be made at www.FirstGiving.com/HIHS/howlween-dogwalk-2016.

Walkers who earn a minimum of $25 in pledges will receive a surprise gift. Those who earn $50 in pledges will receive a free Howl’ween Dog Walk t-shirt. Download pledge forms at HIHS.org.

Humane Society Adds Microchip Clinic in HOVE on First Saturday of Each Month

Hawaii Island Humane Society announces a new monthly Microchip Clinic that is convenient for Kau District residents. The HIHS Microchip Clinic will be available the first Saturday morning of the month in conjunction with the Ocean View Saturday Market.

chippedMicrochipping is permanent pet identification using a safe, simple injection of a microchip beneath the surface of the pet’s skin and between the shoulder blades. Microchipping is similar to a routine shot and no anesthetic is required. The microchip is about the size of a grain of rice and is encoded with a unique identification number.

“Microchip identification can quickly identify lost pets and reunite them with their owners,” said HIHS Executive Director Donna Whitaker. “We are pleased to be able to bring this technology to the residents of Ocean View and the more remote southern areas of our island on a regular monthly schedule.”

The Hawaii Island Humane Society Microchip Clinic will be held on Saturday, August 6 from 9 a.m. until noon at the Ocean View Saturday Market. Cost for the microchipping is $10 per pet. Registration for future free spay neuter appointments will also be available.

Hawaii Island Humane Society Community Town Hall Meeting

On the advice of the County Council members, we the tax paying community invite Hawai’i Island Humane Society, the Hawai’i County Council and the Hawaii County Chief of Police, to a Town Hall meeting.Dog town meetingThis forum is a sincere attempt to create a working relationship with the administration of HIHS to foster a foundation of cooperation and assist rescue groups on the island to eliminate euthanasia of animals when there are viable alternatives. The format will be a town hall style.  HIHS and the Animal Advocates Hui will each have fifteen minutes to give a presentation, and or proposal.

A mediator from the media or Hawai’i County Council will be appointed to facilitate. There will be a twenty five minute open round table discussion with a Q & A segment followed by a twenty-five minute open Q & A for the community.

Topics of discussion:

  • Our annual $2.1 million tax dollars appropriated by the County Council of Hawai’i.
  • Restructure of Hawai’i animal control contract to incentivize adoptions rather than setting a 14,000 euthanasia performance measure.
  • Reform of the Hawaii Island Humane Society programs and policies
  • Working with organizations attempting to help our animals
  • Discuss plans to eliminate euthanizing adoptable and treatable animals
  • Plan an oversight committee for HIHS

Date: Friday February 19th, 2016, Time: 5pm-7pm, Place:West Hawaii Civic Center ~ 74-5044 Ane Keohokalole Hwy, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740, Community Meeting Hale (Bldg G, Makai building below gazebo)

We hope to see you at the forum. It is important to our community that we work together for the betterment of our Island companion pet population.

Hawaii Island Humane Society’s 18th Annual Tropical Paws Benefit

Hawaii Island Humane Society’s 18th annual Tropical Paws benefit event will take place Friday, March 28, 2014. The gala affair is held annually at Four Seasons Hualalai Resort and will begin at 6:00 p.m.

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Tropical Paws has an established reputation for abundant silent and live auctions, cocktail reception with furry friends meet and greet, Four Seasons-style buffet dinner, and entertainment and dancing. Proceeds from the festive evening help support Hawaii Island Humane Society’s Second Chance Fund and Spay/Neuter Community Assistance Program. The Second Chance Fund provides medical care and treatment for abused animals while they recuperate and become ready for adoption. The goal of the Spay/Neuter Community Assistance Program is to end pet overpopulation on the Big Island through increased spays and neuters and community education.

“Tropical Paws is by far our largest and most important fundraiser of the year,” said HIHS Executive Director Donna Whitaker. “We are in need of and appreciate the early support of individuals and businesses that, through their donations of cash and auction items, recognize the important work of Hawaii Island Humane Society.”

Tickets, which are $125 per person or $2,000 for a reserved table of ten, will be available beginning early February at HIHS’s Keaau, Waimea and Kona shelters and online at www.HIHS.org. A portion of each table sale is tax deductible as allowed by law.

Visit HIHS.org or call 808-329-8002 for information regarding donation and sponsorship opportunities.

Hawaii Island Humane Society Pet Walks

Just over two weeks remain until the Hawaii Island Humane Society Hilo Pet Walk at Queen Liliuokalani Park on Saturday, October 26 and the Kona Pet Walk at Kona Commons on Sunday, October 27.
petwalkThere is still plenty of time to do advanced fundraising. It’s easy with FirstGiving.com/HIHSPetWalk. Just click, create your own personal fundraising page then email family and friends far & wide to donate.

You may also download and print a registration form and solicit donations in person. Visit the News and Special Events page at HIHS.org.

As if helping shelter pets through donations to Pet Walk weren’t incentive enough, all walkers who raise $50 or more in donations receive a FREE Pet Walk tee shirt!

Hilo and Kona Pet Walk registration begins at 8am, walks begin at 9am followed by fun contests and prizes.

MAHALO to these Pet Walk 2013 sponsors:

TINGUELY DEVELOPMENT, PETCO FOUNDATION, KEAUHOU VETERINARY HOSPITAL, ALII VETERINARY HOSPITAL, THE PET HOSPITAL HILO AND PAWS UNIVERSITY.

The mission of the Hawaii Island Humane Society is to promote respect for all animals, prevent cruelty to animals, eliminate pet overpopulation, and enhance the bond between humans and animals. HIHS holds a contract with the County of Hawaii to enforce certain animal-related laws and it offers 24-hour service for injured animals and other animal emergencies, humane education classes, low-cost spay and neuter services, lost and found assistance, microchipping and more.

Hawaii Horse Expo Results Announced

The 6th annual Hawaii Island Humane Society’s Hawaii Horse Expo concluded on August 11. Through the generosity of sponsors, attendees and Expo Producer Nancy Jones, Hawaii Horse Expo netted a donation of more than $15,000 to the HIHS Horse Rescue Fund. The event also benefited Paniolo Preservation Society which saw continued improvements made to Pukalani Stables, carried out by Horse Expo organizers.

2013 Hawaii Horse Expo Presenter Lester Buckley.

2013 Hawaii Horse Expo Presenter Lester Buckley.

“Even with a few weather challenges and these difficult economic times we are so impressed with the continued support of Hawaii Horse Expo,” said event producer Nancy Jones. “New sponsors, returning sponsors and record attendance helped drive results to our bottom line.”

Hawaii Horse Expo is a unique opportunity for horse owners and enthusiasts to learn from world-renowned experts, most of whom would otherwise only be seen at Expos on the mainland.

“We know that education promotes understanding and so our goal is to reach as many individuals as we can to help them realize the importance of responsible horse care and ownership,” Jones says.

Hawaii Island Humane Society has already rescued fourteen unwanted horses this year. Each animal requires extensive evaluation, veterinary care, nourishing feed and perhaps most of all, care and attention. The Horse Rescue Fund helps offset some of the costs associated with these rescues.

Over the past six years funds raised during Hawaii Horse Expo for the HIHS Horse Rescue Fund has totaled more than $70,000. The money has literally meant the difference between life and death for 125 horses.

Horse Rescue Funds have also been used to build a first class equine holding facility at Hawaii Island Humane Society’s Waimea Shelter. Staff has developed a well-devised protocol for equine evaluation and post rescue care resulting in one of the best equine rescue programs in the nation. A proclamation read and presented at this year’s Expo from Governor Neil Abercrombie attested to the good work that results from Hawaii Horse Expo proceeds.

Mana Award Winners Wallie Kimura-Nobriga and Edwin Nobriga.

Mana Award Winners Wallie Kimura-Nobriga and Edwin Nobriga.

Hawaii Horse Expo also included the presentation of the 4th annual Mana Award by HIHS and Veterinary Associates to Edwin Nobriga and Wallie Kimura-Nobriga in recognition of their dedication to the Hawaii High School Rodeo Association.

Hawaii Horse Expo clinicians and presenters included Dr. Brady Bergin, David Bodin, Lester Buckley, Sharon Camarillo, Dr. Kelleyerin Clabaugh, Rick Lamb, Elizabeth Mason, Dr. Robert Miller, Dale Myler, Charles Wilhelm, Solomon Singer, and Dr. Lisa Wood.

Sponsors of the 6th Annual Hawaii Horse Expo included AK Ranch and Hawaii Lowline Cattle Co., Aloha Auto Group, Dr. Harm De Blij, Henry Dallal Photography, Malama Lio-The Hawaii Horse Journal, Pony Express Mail Services, Kapaau Veterinary Center, and Dr. Jan Ellison.

2014 plans will be announced soon.

 

6th Annual Hawaii Island Humane Society Hawaii Horse Expo Coming Up

The 6th annual Hawaii Island Humane Society Hawaii Horse Expo is coming up August 10 and 11 at the Paniolo Heritage Center at Pukalani Stables in Waimea on Hawaii, the Big Island. Proceeds from the annual event benefit the HIHS Horse Rescue Fund and the Paniolo Preservation Society.

Hawaii Horse Expo 2013A dozen experts from Hawaii and across the U.S. mainland representing a wide array of equine health and training disciplines will be hosting demonstrations over the two day Expo. The venue at Pukalani Stables allows for multiple Expo programs to occur simultaneously in three different settings for ongoing action.

On Saturday, August 10 clinics, demonstrations and presentations topics include Common Horse Diseases in Hawaii, Horse Trailer Boot Camp, The Art of Barrel Racing, Six Tricks Great Horseman Use Every day, Greatest Revelations about Horse Behavior, The Equine Mouth—Why Horses Evade, and Resistance Free Riding.

Sunday, August 11 begins with an opening ceremony with Pudding Lassiter and the Puu Moi Riders followed by a traditional blessing of the horses. Clinician demonstrations throughout the day will include Horse Trailer Repairs & Preventive Maintenance, Creative Exercises for Limited Riding, My Heroes Have Always Been Cowgirls, Best Friends Forever—Seven Strategies for Maintaining Harmony, The Unwanted Horse Problem, Ask The Doctor—Answers to Your Questions, Connecting the Dots—How to Have Fun with Your Horse and Be Safe, Building the Rider’s Confidence, Full Body Riding, and The “C” Word—Colic.

Hawaii Horse Expo clinicians and presenters are Charles Wilhelm, Dr. Brady Bergin, Lester Buckley, David Bodin, Sharon Camarillo, Leigh Godison-Grieve, Rick Lamb, Elizabeth Mason, Dr. Robert Miller, Dale Myler, Solomon Singer, and Dr. Lisa Wood.

Sunday concludes with the annual presentation of Hawaii Horse Expo’s Annual Mana Award to recognize an individual devoted to horse education and health. The 2013 award is being presented to Hawaii High School Rodeo supporters Wally and Edwin Nobriga.

Gates open both days at 9am with demonstrations concluding at 5:30pm on Saturday and 5:00pm on Sunday. The Paniolo Preservation Society Museum will be open to Expo attendees and vendors offering services, medical and nutritional information and crafts will be set up in the stable’s dining hall. Hawaii Island Humane Society will host a benefit silent auction and food vendors will help make certain everyone is well fed. Tickets, which are $30 per day, will be available at the gate. Visit www.HawaiiHorseExpo.com for more information.

The mission of the Hawaii Island Humane Society is to promote respect for all animals, prevent cruelty to animals, eliminate pet overpopulation, and enhance the bond between humans and animals. HIHS holds a contract with the County of Hawaii to enforce certain animal-related laws and it offers 24-hour service for injured animals and other animal emergencies, humane education classes, low-cost spay and neuter services, lost and found assistance, microchipping and more. Learn more at HIHS.org or call 808-329-1175.

“Did You Know?” – Spay or Neuter Campaign Announced by Hawaii Island Humane Society

Did you know that kittens can go into heat and get pregnant as early as 4 months old and puppies around 5 months old?  If not sterilized, puppies and kittens can get pregnant and have a litter of their own just two months later. And it’s these accidental litters that end up in animal shelters with no place to call home.
Hawaii Island Humane SocietyTo reduce these accidental births, Hawaii Island Humane Society (HIHS), with funding provided by PetSmart Charities, is introducing the Did You Know? Campaign, featuring a special $20 spay or neuter surgery for puppies and kittens under six months of age during the month of June.

While some pet parents may worry that their pet is too young for this procedure, spaying and neutering is safe and easy for kittens and puppies as young as eight to 10 weeks old, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association. In fact, Hawaii Island Humane Society has performed more than 5,000 pediatric spay/neuter surgeries since 2008.

“Many owners put off the procedure and wait until the puppy or kitten is six to eight months old,” says Donna Whitaker, HIHS Executive Director. “But by then, it can be too late. By then, a litter of puppies or kittens can be born.”

This special rate is even less than the organization’s normal low-cost priced and is available to all residents of Hawaii Island.

Pet parents who wish to take advantage of this offer must mention the “Did You Know?” promotion when they call to schedule their appointment.

Thanks to the PetSmart Charities grant, HIHS will provide 100 puppy and kitten sterilizations for $20 during June. Please visit HIHS.org, call the HIHS Spay Neuter Hotline at 987-7208 or call 329-1175 for more information or to schedule an appointment. Appointments will be taken on a first-come first-served basis beginning Monday, May 6.

 

Hawaii Island Humane Society – “Tropical Paws” Benefit

Hawaii Island Humane Society’s 17th annual Tropical Paws benefit event is scheduled for Friday, April 5, 2013. The gala affair is held annually at the elegant Four Seasons Hualalai Resort and will begin at 6:00 p.m.
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A silent and live auction, Four Seasons-style buffet dinner, live entertainment and dancing are all part of the festive evening. Tickets, $100 per person or $1500 for a reserved table of ten, will be available beginning mid-February at HIHS’s Keaau, Waimea and Kona shelters, select island retail locations, and online at www.HIHS.org.

“Tropical Paws has always been our biggest and most festive event of the year,” said HIHS Executive Director Donna Whitaker. “The support of businesses by way of their sponsorships and auction item donations, together with the support of those who purchase event tickets, helps us keep important animal-assistance programs operating throughout the year.”

Programs supported by Tropical Paws include The Second Chance Fund which provides medical care and treatment for abused animals while they recuperate and become ready for adoption. The Spay/Neuter Community Assistance Program is also supported by Tropical Paws funds. The program’s goal is to end pet overpopulation on the Big Island.
The Petco Foundation has become a Tropical Paws sponsor at the “Platinum Collar” level but many more sponsors and donations are needed to ensure the event’s success.

Visit HIHS.org or call 808-329-1175 for more information or to learn about donation and sponsorship opportunities.

 

Art Sale to Benefit Hawaii Island Humane Society

On Saturday, November 24, 2012, High Fire Hawaii, the art gallery & studio at 114 Kamehameha Avenue on Hilo’s Bayfront, is having a one-day sale on its gallery prints, paintings, jewelry and ceramics, and all sales will benefit the Hawaii Island Humane Society. Representatives from the HIHS will be conducting on-site pet adoptions.

Deals include everything from ceramic studio seconds, some student ceramics – both functional and sculptural items – to gallery prints, paintings and jewelry. There will also be specially created animal- and Christmas-themed items. “We’ll have things like pet bowls for food and water, ceramic Christmas ornaments that are animal-related, like bones, and also Hawaiian-themed ones, like palm trees and pineapples, to hang on the tree,” said gallery co-owner Shannon Hickey.

“We’re hoping we have something to appeal to everybody, so everyone will buy something and the money will go to the Humane Society,” she said. “You’ll be able to get handmade ceramic coffee cups for $3 and up. We want people to come and buy stuff!”

The gallery, which is located at 114 Kamehameha Avenue near Cronies Bar & Grill, will have extended hours that day from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m.

Hickey says she was motivated to do this benefit because of her love for animals. “We adopt most of our animals from the Humane Society, and I’ve always wanted to do something for them,” she said. “Also, my pottery students are really excited about making some of the items and selling them for a good cause.”

Everything for sale in the gallery has been created by a Big Island artist. “We have fine art, cards, hand-made bags, jewelry, prints and ceramics.  “Every artist in the gallery is giving a percentage of their sales that day toward the Humane Society’s cause, and High Fire Hawaii will also match the percentage,” she said.

For class and workshop details, or other information about the November 24 benefit sale, see www.highfirehawaii.com, email info@highfirehawaii.com, find them on Facebook or call the gallery at 935-8380.

 

Subaru Hawaii Donates $2,300 to Hawaii Island Humane Society

Subaru Hawaii today announced that its “Share the Love” sales event has raised $2,300 for Hawaii Island Humane Society. A check presentation was held at Kona Subaru this morning.

Hawaii Island Humane Society Executive Director Donna Whitaker accepts Subaru Hawaii's "Share the Love" donation presented by Sean Charlston, Sales Manager, Kona Subaru.

Subaru Hawaii ’s Share the Love event donated $250 for every new vehicle sold by Subaru Hawaii dealers from November 1 to December 31, 2011. In total, the Share the Love event raised $25,300 for a group of great causes. In addition to Hawaii Island Humane Society, the other four non-profits were Hawaii Wildlife Fund, SPCA Maui, Hawaii Literacy and Oahu SPCA.

The public also had an opportunity to vote for their favorite participating non-profit organization on Subaru Hawaii ’s Facebook page. At the end of the sales event period on December 31, Hawaii Wildlife Fund received 45 percent of all votes and earned an additional $5,000. In total, Subaru Hawaii will be donating $11,700 to Hawaii Wildlife Fund.

“We are delighted to give back to the community by supporting our local non-profit partners,” said Glenn Inouye, Senior Vice President, Servco representing the Subaru Hawaii Dealers.  “The Facebook contest, in particular, was very well received by the public. It was a very close and exciting race right up to the very end.

“We were so happy to be one of Subaru Hawaii ’s designated non-profit beneficiaries and we are always thankful for opportunities that help raise awareness of our organization,” said Donna Whitaker, Executive Director, Hawaii Island Humane Society. “This donation from Subaru’s Share the Love campaign will go a long way in helping us help the animals of Hawaii Island .”

Humane Society Offering a “Beat the Heat” Promotion for Cats

It may not yet be summer, but now is the time to “beat the heat” by spaying your cat in advance of her heat cycle and preventing unwanted litters before kitten season arrives this spring – a time when shelters traditionally see large numbers of unwanted litters being born. To help reduce the number of homeless cats, Hawaii Island Humane Society (HIHS) is offering a “Beat the Heat” promotion sponsored by PetSmart Charities.  In celebration of Spay Day USA in February, HIHS will spay 50 female cats for a special rate of $20.

Spaying and neutering is one of the most effective ways to reduce the homeless pet population. While some worry that their pet may be too young for this procedure, spaying and neutering is safe for kittens as young as eight to 10 weeks old. And, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association, spaying a female cat before the first heat cycle is actually beneficial, rather than waiting until after one heat cycle has occurred. The procedure is known to improve the health of the pet, including a reduced risk of certain reproductive cancers and infections.

“Many people don’t know that female cats can have as many as three litters a year, and kittens can breed as young as four months old,” says Donna Whitaker, HIHS Executive Director. “It’s our goal to bring female cats in before they go into heat and become pregnant. Our ‘Beat the Heat’ promotion is a fun way to educate the community and prevent unwanted litters.”
This special rate of $20 is available to the first 50 domestic cat owners who sign up between January 16 and 31 at the Keaau or Kona shelters. Twenty surgeries will be allotted to cat owners in Keaau and in Ocean View and 10 surgeries allotted to cat owners in Kona during the month of February. Cat parents who wish to take advantage of this offer must mention the “Beat the Heat” promotion when they sign up. The promotion is based on availability.  HIHS also sells specially priced spay/neuter coupons that are accepted by many island veterinarians. Male cat neuter coupons are $30 and female cat spay coupons are $60, which is nearly half what you’d otherwise pay.Please visit HIHS.org or call 329-1175 or the Spay/Neuter Hotline at 987-7208 for more information.

Pet Adoption and Collection Drive to Benefit Hawaii Island Humane Society

WHAT:  Subaru Hawaii invites the public to a pet adoption and collection drive on behalf of Hawaii Island Humane Society on Saturday, December 10 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Hilo Subaru.

Hawaii Island Humane Society will have dogs cats, and kittens looking for loving homes. The public is encouraged to stop by and donate pet care supplies such as food, leashes, collars or puppy pads.

WHEN: Saturday, December 10, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

WHERE: Hilo Subaru, 1 Keaa St., Hilo

PHOTO/INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES:

  • Cute dogs and kittens looking for loving homes
  • Public donating pet care supplies and checking out dogs and kittens for adoption
  • Bebe Ackerman, Humane Educator & Volunteer Coordinator, Hawaii Island Humane Society
  • Chuck Furtado, General Manager, Hilo-Kona Mazda/Subaru/Hyundai

DETAILS: As part of Subaru Hawaii ’s “Share the Love” event, Subaru Hawaii will host a pet adoption and collection drive to benefit Hawaii Island Humane Society on Saturday, December 10 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Hilo Subaru. Hawaii Island Humane Society will be on-site with cute dogs, cats, and kittens that are in need of loving homes. The public is encouraged to stop by and donate pet care supplies such as food, leashes, collars or puppy pads.

In celebration of the holidays, Subaru Hawaii announced that it will donate $250 for every new vehicle sold by Subaru Hawaii dealers from November 1 to December 31, 2011, up to $20,000 to a group of great causes – Oahu SPCA, Hawaii Literacy, SPCA Maui, Hawaii Wildlife Fund and Hawaii Island Humane Society.

The public also has an opportunity to vote for their favorite participating non-profit organization through Subaru Hawaii ’s Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/SubaruHI. At the end of the sales event period on December 31, Subaru Hawaii will award the organization with the most votes an additional $5,000.

Pet Adoption and Collection Drive to Benefit Hawaii Island Humane Society

WHAT:  Subaru Hawaii invites the public to a pet adoption and collection drive on behalf of Hawaii Island Humane Society on Saturday, November 19 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Kona Subaru in Kailua Kona. Hawaii Island Humane Society will have dogs cats, and kittens looking for loving homes. The public is encouraged to stop by and donate pet care supplies such as food, leashes, collars or puppy pads.

WHEN: Saturday, November 19, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

WHERE: Kona Subaru, 75-5793 Kuakini Hwy., Kailua Kona

PHOTO/INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES:

  • Cute dogs and kittens looking for loving homes.
  • Public donating pet care supplies and checking out dogs and kittens for adoption.
  • Bebe Ackerman, Humane Educator & Volunteer Coordinator, Hawaii Island Humane Society
  • Chuck Furtado, General Manager, Hilo-Kona Mazda/Subaru/Hyundai

DETAILS:  As part of Subaru Hawaii ’s “Share the Love” event, Subaru Hawaii will host a pet adoption and collection drive to benefit Hawaii Island Humane Society on Saturday, November 19 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Kona Subaru in Kailua Kona. Hawaii Island Humane Society will be on-site with cute dogs, cats, and kittens that are in need of loving homes. The public is encouraged to stop by and donate pet care supplies such as food, leashes, collars or puppy pads.

In celebration of the holidays, Subaru Hawaii announced that it will donate $250 for every new vehicle sold by Subaru Hawaii dealers from November 1 to December 31, 2011, up to $20,000 to a group of great causes – Oahu SPCA, Hawaii Literacy, SPCA Maui, Hawaii Wildlife Fund and Hawaii Island Humane Society.

The public also has an opportunity to vote for their favorite participating non-profit organization through Subaru Hawaii’s Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/SubaruHI. At the end of the sales event period on December 31, Subaru Hawaii will award the organization with the most votes an additional $5,000.

Calendar Models Sought by HIHS

Media Release:

While it may be difficult to think about 2011 already, the Hawaii Island Humane Society has begun accepting entries for their 2011 Pets in Paradise Calendar and the June 1 deadline is not all that far away.

The calendar will feature two cover models plus twelve monthly pin-up pets. Every entry image is included somewhere in the professionally-produced calendar.
2010 Calendar
To enter, log on to HIHS.org, click on “Calendar Entries” and download the entry form which includes complete instructions and helpful photo tips. You may also call 329-1175 to request a form or stop by any Humane Society shelter in Kona, Waimea or Keaau to pick-up an application.

Entries are $15 each and there is no limit to the number of entries an individual may submit. Entry deadline is 4:00 p.m. June 1, 2010.

Images that feature the pet as the center of attention and images that showcase our Big Island paradise are encouraged. Any pet image may be submitted and could include, for example, dogs, cats, horses, birds, goats or fish.

Visit HIHS.org for more information and complete entry instructions and guidelines.