Adoption stems euthanization
Question: How does the Hawaiian Humane Society determine which animals are euthanized?
A loving family for every animal would be ideal, but the reality is there are too many animals and not enough homes.
Each animal that comes into the Humane Society is evaluated individually. Animals that will be compatible as pets and healthy enough to have a good start are made available for adoption. We do not make dangerous animals, feral cats or animals with serious illnesses or injuries available.
The good news is that about 95 percent of all animals are placed with families. The society hopes that everyone in the community, both individuals and families, makes a conscious decision to choose adoption.
Q: How are animals euthanized?
A: We use the most humane method available -- an injected anesthetic. The animal just falls asleep.
Q: What's done with feral cats turned in to the society?
A: Unsocialized (wild) cats are not suitable for home placement.
But people in the community can care for and reduce feral cat populations by trapping, sterilizing and returning cats to their original environment and continuing to care for them.
Free, humane traps are available for loan and free sterilization services are made possible by donations. One unsterilized female cat and her offspring can generate 120,000 cats in seven years.
The Hawaiian Humane Society welcomes questions by e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org
. Indicate "Pet Ohana" in the subject line. Or, write "Pet Ohana," Hawaiian Humane Society, 2700 Waialae Ave., Honolulu 96826.