HIHS Offers More Puna Pet Information

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Along with many government and other nonprofit agencies that serve the Puna District, Hawaii Island Humane Society has been working diligently to assist people with their pet needs during the eruption emergency evacuation.

“We know that residents in and near the evacuation zone are under severe pressure and want to provide an update on the Hawaii Island Humane Society’s initiatives and activities to help people with their pet needs,” said the HIHS press release.

Pets that have been displaced by the eruption and dropped off at the HIHS’ Kea‘au Shelter will be cared for and housed during the immediate crisis.

HIHS has deployed up to eight animal control officers each day when allowed access into Leilani Estates to search for animals. HIHS has gone door-to-door, but much of the subdivision remains off limits due to safety concerns. HIHS continues to leave food and water for those animals in Leilani Estates that have not yet been found and rescued.

To date, HIHS has rescued 16 dogs, three rabbits, four tortoises and four cats. Only two of these animals remain with all others picked up by their owners. In addition, two cats, two dogs and a rabbit have been surrendered to us by their owners. Spearheaded by local ranchers. 1,400 livestock and 32 horses have been relocated.

Pet-Friendly Shelters


Puna Community Center and Kea‘au Senior Center are pet-friendly centers where dogs and cats are sheltered with their owners. There are currently 100 dogs and 30 cats in residence with their owners. The Red Cross Shelters are all pet friendly and still have space if you are displaced with your pets. HIHS has provided supplies at each of the shelters for your pets’ care and comfort.

Found Pets

Call HIHS’s Kea‘au Shelter at 966-5458, file a found report and we will do our best to reunite animals and their people. If you see strays, pick them up and drop them off to us at the Kea‘au Shelter.

Lost Pets

Call the HIHS’ Kea‘au Shelter at 966-5458 and file a lost report. Remember that microchipping is the best way for us to track down an owner of a lost pet.


More Puna Pet Information

If you know of animals in Leilani Estates, call HIHS with the address and the pet will be picked up.

If your dogs are tied up to protect your property, remove them due to the poor air quality in the area.

If you have cats on your property, contact the Kea‘au Shelter to borrow traps.

If you are staying with relatives or friends and can’t keep your pets, call us at 966-5458 as we have available fosters.


If you have room on your property to keep extra pets, call at 966-5458.

Call for Volunteers

If you are able to man the registration desk at the Red Cross Shelters or if you’re available to pick up and deliver donated supplies, call the Kea‘au Shelter at 966-5458 to add your name to the volunteer call list.

Need to contact the HIHS during off hours? Call 1-855-899-5761 and they will do their best to return your call in a timely manner.

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