Animal supporters burdened by Humane Society cuts

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Cuts in services by the Hawaiian Humane Society are placing a big burden on others.

The group no longer picks up all stray animals, leaving some feeling helpless.

Rowena Ednilao remembers the two guests that stopped by her Pearl City house Tuesday morning.

“My son brought our dog in, but he left the gate open, and when I looked up there were two large dogs in our yard,” Ednilao said.

She says only one dog had a collar, and this isn’t the first time she took in stray dogs.

“We live near a trailhead and we get stray dogs once a month and if there’s no hunters nearby, or no one looking for the dog, we call the Humane Society,” Ednilao said.

But when she called the Humane Society, they told her:

“That I needed to call HPD or bring the dogs in myself, which I’m not willing to bring strange dogs that are dirty into my car.”

The Honolulu Police Department does not transport stray animals.

The Hawaiian Humane Society released this statement:

“the city’s contract with the Humane Society no longer provides for stray animal pick up unless animals or people are in imminent danger during daytime hours. It is imperative that the public do what it can to help and bring animals to us as we are accepting animals 24-7.”

A city spokesperson wants to point out that “the city did not cut the HHS budget, but rather that the HHS determined they could not continue the same level of service at the existing level of funding.”

“Sometimes we find them tied to our fences and even thrown over our fence,” said Stephanie Ryan with Oahu SPCA.

Ryan says since the Humane Society made changes last month, they’ve seen tremendous overcrowding at their shelter in Kapolei.

“We’ve had to develop makeshift shelter spaces and kennel spaces for the additional animals that are being relinquished,” Ryan said.

Funded by private donations, the group is doing whatever it can. But it is asking animal owners to put ID tags on pets or get them microchipped, so they can help reunite them with families. That would help to ease the overcrowding here and elsewhere, so more animals can be helped.

We told the Oahu SPCA about the stray dogs in Pearl City and they picked up the dogs and placed them with a foster family.


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