The Hawaiian Humane Society says that there were 43 calls for animals in distress on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day, an increase of 139 percent.
Fifty-five dogs were brought into the shelter this year, four more than last year. Thirty-five cats were brought into the shelter this year, eight fewer than last year.
The Humane Society also received 14 lost reports for dogs this year, 10 fewer than last year. There were only three lost reports for cats this year, compared with two last year.
The Hawaiian Humane Society stresses the importance of proper pet identification. By simply complying with the laws that require cats to have ID and dogs to wear a county-issued license, you can help missing pets get home.
The City & County of Honolulu requires that all dogs four months and older have a wear a county-issued license tag. This identifies you as the legal owner. A tag can be purchased at any Satellite City Hall or at the Hawaiian Humane Society.
Cats and dogs can also be microchipped at the Hawaiian Humane Society for $15, which includes registration in Oahu's microchip database. No appointment is required. Walk-ins are welcomed any day of the week between noon at 4 p.m.
It's also important to keep these records up-to-date in the event you move or change your phone number.