HAWAIIAN HUMANE SOCIETY
Many calls to the Humane Society refer to barking dogs. To inquire about a citronella anti-bark collar for your own dog, call 946-2187, ext. 218; to report a barking dog, ext. 1.
Humane society tackles common queries
The phone never stops ringing, and our e-mail in-box is always full at the Hawaiian Humane Society. Some questions are best answered by a visit to a veterinarian, but we can help with others, especially those regarding lost pets or animal abuse. Here are some of frequently asked questions.
Where can I get my pet neutered or spayed?
Call for help
Dial 946-2187, then an extension:
» Cruelty complaint or animal emergency: Ext. 1
Report lost or found animals: Ext. 2
» Request an animal trap: Ext. 4
» To volunteer: Ext. 5
» Feral cat sterilization: Ext. 6
» Hours and directions: Ext. 7
» Neuter Now certificates: Ext. 227
» To donate a vehicle: Ext. 221
» Online: www.hawaiianhumane.org
Most veterinarians will sterilize dogs and cats; a few also neuter rabbits. The city offers an affordable program for pet dogs and cats. Neuter Now certificate may be purchased from satellite city halls or the Humane Society, then redeemed through a participating veterinarian. Cost is $40 to $75; $20 for pets of EBT cardholders -- all a substantial savings. The humane society also offers free sterilization to cat colony caregivers.
What can I do about a stray cat (or loose dog)?
A stray may actually be a lost pet -- bring him or her to the humane society or a veterinarian to be scanned for a microchip ID. There is no charge to drop off a stray at the Humane Society. If the animal has identification, we will contact the owner. Those without identification will be held for at least two days before being put up for adoption.
For animals too wild to be captured safely, the society loans humane animal traps at no charge. Once you have captured the animal, an investigator will pick it up within 24 hours of your call.
Where are Oahu's dog parks and beaches?
The island has four off-leash dog parks and more than 100 city parks that welcome dogs on leashes. Many beaches allow dogs on leashes. For a list, visit the humane society or order one through www.hawaiianhumane.org.
Who should I call if I find a dead animal in the road?
For a city or county road, call dead animal pick-up, 832-7840. For a state road or highway, call 831-6714. Be sure to describe the location accurately.
What should I do if I see someone abusing an animal?
Call the humane society immediately; we are open 24 hours for emergencies and animal rescues. Note time of day, address, details of the incident and who was involved, and take a photograph if possible. Investigators will respond, take your statement, talk to the owner and, if necessary, serve citations or remove the animal. You will be asked to identify yourself when reporting the abuse, but the complaint will not name you (unless a trial is ordered).
My pet is extremely lethargic and not eating. What should I do?
Take your sick or ailing pet to a veterinarian. When you adopt a pet, establish a relationship with a veterinarian in your area so you have someone to call should the need arise. Annual or semi-annual visits are a good idea.