The Issue: Rescued Animals in Need of Shelter
The Hawaiian Humane Society provides shelter for more than 30,000 animals every year—about 80 each day. The shelter works to rescue abused and neglected animals across Oahu and to decrease the overpopulation of stray animals and the rate of euthanasia. To that end, it conducts a sterilization program for animals and educates the public about animal care and pet ownership.
The Campaign: Sheltering Rescued Animals Overnight
If 25 people donate $10 or $25, then the Hawaiian Humane Society can fund a night of shelter for at least 10 rescued animals. Each additional $25 raised funds one night of shelter for a rescued animal. Following leads from callers, the shelter rescues animals from abuse or neglect. Additional funds also supplement the Hawaiian Humane Society’s other programs, including neglect investigations, sterilization services, and outreach.
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Hawaiian Humane Society
In 1897, the first Hawaiian Humane Society officers ventured out on horseback, investigating claims of animal cruelty across Oahu with a newfound legal authority. Apart from acting as physical advocates, they raised public awareness about the proper care of work animals and demonstrated how to conduct humane treatment and feeding.
Today, the Hawaiian Humane Society’s overarching principle remains much the same: to promote the human-animal bond and the humane treatment of all animals. The organization’s staff and volunteers care for cats, dogs, and all animals that have been abandoned or neglected, advocating for animal welfare in the law and among the public. The organization's 30 programs and services include sterilization treatments and educational services, and its animal-cruelty officers have been deputized by the Honolulu Police Department to investigate cases of cruelty and neglect. Though they do not have the power to arrest people, they can mandate veterinarian services and issue citations and court summonses for complaints against pet owners.