HONOLULU - Meet Poo Bear, a seven-year-old mixed breed pooch with three legs.

Poo Bear was admitted to the Hawaiian Humane Society back in January with a life-threatening leg injury. 

Chief veterinarian, Dr. Kelly Dowdall Garberson and the clinic staff performed surgery on Poo Bear, who is now fully recovered, grinning from ear to ear and ready to find his forever home.

"Even the hard cases can have a rewarding side. Knowing that once the animals are here, we do have the ability to treat them, to make them more comfortable, to do what's best for that animal and often times to save their lives," Garberson said. 

Poo Bear represents just one of the thousands of animals that come through the doors at the Hawaiian Humane Society annually. Some need a little more love and care than others, but all are looking for a second chance to brighten up someone's day.

"Walking though here at our adoption center, where everyday you can walk through and see new families being made," Garberson said. 

The Hawaiian Humane Society has been rescuing animals on Oahu since 1883.

It's Oahu's only open-admission shelter that welcomes all animals.

In addition to their facility in Moiliili, the independent local non-profit works with the community, supporting 30 different programs, services and events.

The Hawaiian Humane Society says its built on community support.

"All donations to the Hawaiian Humane Society stay here on Oahu to help local people and local animals... We are so fortunate to have so much community support as well. We really couldn't do what we do without the support of our amazing volunteers," Mandi deSouza, humane education manager said.

Long-time volunteer Karen Scharff spends her time at the Cat House. She's has been volunteering at the Humane Society for the last 15 years.

"You feel good when you come here. It's hard not to feel good when you're around animals, they are so loving and you meet a lot of great people that come in here and it just feels wonderful to find a home for these guys," Scharff said. 

Steve Prieto has been a volunteer at the Hawaiian Humane Society since 2009, he says educating the next generation is most the rewarding.

"We aren't born kind, we learn to be kind by being kind. I think that's a wonderful for children, especially for young people. They come here, they learn to work with animals. They learn about cooperation, compassion. They learn about empathy. It's really a great training ground," Prieto said. 

To show an appreciation for the staff and volunteers at the Hawaiian Humane Society, Island News is providing lunch.

"At Bite Squad and Jack in the Box, we try to make busy lives easier.  So this is just another way of giving back to charities that work so hard for the community," Tristin Vincent, Jack in the Box said. 

Giving back to those who give so much, Mahalo Hawaiian Humane Society.