The Hawaiian Humane Society needs more foster families for more than 300 dogs and rabbits rescued from a Makaha shelter in October.
The humane society secured a warrant and took all the animals from the Friends for Life shelter. They were allegedly living in inhumane conditions. Police arrested the shelter’s owner, David “Lanny” Moore, on suspicion of animal cruelty, but he was later released pending investigation.
Some of the dogs rescued suffered debilitating skin disorders and had open wounds and sores. Others were malnourished and starving. Since then, the dogs have been treated for ticks and fleas, vaccinated, and de-wormed.
With the help of volunteers, the Hawaiian Humane Society has been taking care of the dogs, but space is extremely limited. The organization has already reached out to its pool of foster families, but spokeswoman Suzy Tam says more foster homes are needed.
“I think we’ve fostered out about 25 percent so far,” she said, “but, as you can imagine, we still have a lot of dogs and we still need the community to step up.
“There are some tents in the back where we have them. We got some big fans blowing to keep them cool, and we have people watching them all the time, so they are being well taken care of. A crate is a good place for a dog, but I think being in a home is a best case scenario.”
The humane society is looking for foster families who could give the dogs rest, socialization and, of course, tender, loving care.
“We have a lot of larger dogs and medium size dogs,” Tam said, “and sometimes those are a little harder for people to take, so we are really looking for those who can take on the bigger dogs and are comfortable with them.”
Because there’s an ongoing criminal investigation surrounding this case, Tam says foster families should “be a little quieter about their animals — just not to go around and post them all over social media. Just because it is an open investigation, we wanted to be sensitive about that.”
The humane society tells us they don’t know long the investigation will take or when they can give the dogs up for adoption. New foster families should prepare to have the dogs for a few weeks to even a few months.
“If you ever wanted to know if you wanted a dog, this is a good time to do it. Just have a temporary home for them and see what it’s like to have a dog. It’s a good way to know,” Tam said.
Several orientation sessions will be held at the Hawaiian Humane Society to allow guests to look through photos, visit with select dogs, and possibly take one home:
- Wednesday, Nov. 2, 6-7 p.m.
- Thursday, Nov. 3, 6-7 p.m.
- Friday, Nov. 4, 6-7 p.m.
A larger session will be held on Sunday, Nov. 6, from 4-5 p.m., when at least 20 dogs will be out in the open for guests to look at.