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Hawaiian Humane Society Newsletter Oct.-Dec. 2013


  • NewsletterNewsletterOctober-December 2013

    Put on your walking shoes for PetWalkGrab the leash and put on your walking shoes. Hawaiian Humane Societys PetWalk on October 6 at Magic Island is an opportunity to

    make a difference in the lives of animals by collecting donations for the Societys 30 programs and services. Registration starts at 7 am

    and the walk begins at 8 am.

    Get involved as a team or individual by visiting FirstGiving.

    com/HawaiianHumane/PetWalk2013. Create a personal fundraising page and share why you are supporting Oahus animals.

    Thanks to the City & County of Honolulu and Mayor Kirk Caldwell, it will be the one morning of the year when leashed pets are allowed at Magic Island.

    For more information on how to get involved, contact or 356-2225.

    Hawaiian Humane Society

    People for animals. Animals for people.

    Presidents Message

    Building a better future for animalsIn July, we celebrated our 130th birthday. What most impresses me about the Hawaiian Humane Society is its ability to continually re-evaluate and reinvent itself in order to be a dynamic agent for change.

    When we were organized in 1883, we had no enforcement powers. Instead we worked collaboratively with a police officer designated to fight cruelty with us. It was at this time that we also pledged our

    commitment to child protection. We once had branches on the neighbor islands. Today,

    all island humane societies are completely independent. Sheltering did not become a part of the Humane Societys work until well in the 1900s when Victoria Ward donated a small parcel of land in Kakaako.

    Due to the recent changes to county-contracted animal services, we have

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    Pamela Burns President and CEO

  • 2Building a better future for animals

    created an informational page at

    Our goal is to ensure that we can continue to serve as Hawaiis most comprehensive and progressive animal

    welfare organization to the fullest extent of our resources. While services and offerings will change over time, one thing has remained constant since 1883; education and advocacy continue to be the cornerstone of our mission. They drive our ambitions for next generations of people and animals to come.

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    Online revolution ignites activism for animalsWhen you mention social media, you probably get a variety of reactions. Some love it. Some hate it. If the animals could vote, theyd tell you they love it and heres why: The online revolution has been the single most valuable development in organizing Hawaiis animal lovers. Case in point: This past 4th of July weekend, we found new families for more than 200 homeless animals. Thats an unprecedented victory for a single weekend. Our massive outreach was all driven through the Internet.

    In the heat of the courtroom drama of the Waimanalo puppy mill case, we kept nearly 14,000 people up-to-date with breaking news via Facebook. And nearly 3,500 people are talking about and sharing our posts at any given time of day.When we loaded our footage of the rescue of more than 40 Pomeranians in June to our YouTube channel, more than 4,000 tuned in and viewers got to see what we saw, unedited, within hours of the rescue.

    Community advertising sites such as Ebay classifieds and Craigslist are giving us an opportunity to advocate for adoption right next to sellers of puppies, as well as offering us a forum to educate the public on how to find purebred puppies responsibly.

    The Humane Society relaunched its website last year and since then more than 40,000 visitors a month stop by to check out our upcoming news and events, view animals for adoption and look for missing pets.

    It used to be if our stories didnt make the nightly news, the dailies or the radio, the animals had no voice. Today, social media is changing the landscape of opportunity for

    animals. News from our Moiliili campus broadcasts daily.

    From Twitter to Instagram to Yelp, social media is changing the way we educate and reach out to the community. It is our most powerful podium and its making a huge impact. We hope youll join our social media revolution for the animals.

  • 3Owner convicted for failing to provide veterinary care

    Society launches Planned Pethood campaign

    Its a story that almost seems too terrible to be true. e Humane Society received a call from Kahala Pet Clinic and our investigation revealed that the owner had taken medical care into his own hands.

    e situation started when the dogs leg had been badly broken and the owner attempted to splint the leg with popsicles sticks and ended with

    the owner amputating the dogs leg himself. Humane Societys Director of Operations Keoni Vaughn and Chief Veterinarian Aleisha Swartz served as key witnesses in the case and the pet owner was sentenced to a year of probation and 60 days in jail.

    O en it takes great e ort that happen under just the right

    circumstances to ensure justice for animals. In this case, the intervention by a caring neighbor who brought the dog to an animal clinic launched a cruelty case that ended in a jury convicting the pet owner.

    e Humane Society investigates all cruelty concerns and takes tips at 356-2250.

    e Humane Society has launched a campaign to support prospective pet owners who are considering getting their next pet.

    e Societys education team works closely with youth, adults and families from all walks of life. Many are unaware of whats needed to make a thoughtful decision about adding a pet to the family.

    e campaign includes an online Planned Pethood 101 Quiz on the Societys website, posters island-wide and outreach through schools and organizations to increase awareness about all the hallmarks of great decision making when seeking your next furry family member. e quiz encompasses a wide variety of concerns from the cost of care, health and psychological needs, how to

    nd a responsible breeder, pets as gi s and more.

    Visit to take the quiz and share it with your friends and family.

    Pampered PoochesYou and your pup will receive a package full of treats and toys every month when you subscribe to BarkBox. Subscriptions start at $19 per month.The best part? Ten percent of sales can go to the Hawaiian Humane Society. Select us as a benefi ciary and order at to sign up. Hawaiian Humane Society. Select us as a benefi ciary

    The Cats MeowKeep your cat happy and active with the Cats Meow toy. Your cat will enjoy

    hours of fun chasing the mouse that zooms around and

    changes direction unpredictably. Available at for $19.99.

  • 4Pinup pets wanted until Oct. 1

    Neuter Now offers reduced rate sterilizationsVeterinarians island-wide are o ering reduced-rate sterilizationsurgeries through the City & County of Honolulus Neuter Now program. Last year more than 4,125 certi cates were purchased, an increase of 70 percent. Give your pet the gi of a healthier life by purchasing a Neuter Now certi cate today.

    Dogs and cats who are spayed or neutered live longer, healthier lives. Certi cates can be purchased at any Satellite City Hall or at the Humane Society. Learn more about the program at

    ink your pooch has the perfect pout? Or maybe the camera fancies your frisky feline. e 2014 Pets in Paradise calendar is looking for your best shot of your pet in paradise.

    Enter your pet in our 2014 calendar contest for just $25 per photo. Friends and family can vote for your pet photo with a donation of $1 per entry and the three with the most votes will be featured in our print edition calendar. Best of all, every entry will be featured in a year

    round ash screen presentation on our website homepage.

    e contest ends on October 1.For more info, contact Communications & Events Coordinator Christina Kam at 356-2247 or visit to enter today. Photos must be horizontal, in crisp focus and available at a size of at least 1 megabyte and 300 dpi for calendar consideration.

    Animal Clinic of Honolulu Animal House Veterinary CenterBlue Cross Animal HospitaCat-Bird Vet Mobile HospitalThe Cat Clinic Kailua Animal ClinicKakaako Pet Hospital

    Kalihi Pet ClinicKapalama Pet Hospital Mililani Mauka Veterinary Clinic Mililiani Town Center Pet ClinicOhana Veterinary Hospital The Pet ClinicThe Pet Doctor

    Makai Animal ClinicWaipahu-Waikele Pet Hospital Waianae Vet Clinic

    Mahalo to participating animal clinics

  • 5PetWalk Magic Island October 6 7am RegistrationMark your calendar for Hawaiis zaniest charity walk to benefit the Humane Society. Visit to create your personal fundraising page.

    Pictures with Santa Paws Mike McKennas Windward FordNovember 17

    Humane SocietyNovember 23 & 24 9am - 4pm

    Pets, naughty or nice, can have their holiday photos taken with Santa and Mrs. Paws to benefit the Hawaiian Humane Society. $25 donation per sitting with a professional photographer and includes a CD of images.

    Its A DateFor more on these and other events, visit Join us at nearly 200 events every year.

    Nov. 9 conference to address Hawaiis outdoor catsHawaiian Humane Society partners with Petco Foundation to present The Cat Trap Depot, a conference to address Hawaiis free-roaming, outdoor cat population. The event is Saturday, November 9 from 9 am to 5 pm at Ward Warehouses conference center and includes breakfast and lunch. Those not active within the feral cat caregiving community are encouraged to attend to learn more about groups making a difference