Hawaiian Humane Society restores services
Less Dog Duty for HPD after an increase in staffing at the Hawaiian Humane Society.
Less Dog Duty for HPD after an increase in staffing at the Hawaiian Humane Society. The Hawaiian Humane Society has expanded its services thanks to some much needed funding from the city.
For the past 2 years the Honolulu Police Department responded to calls regarding dangerous dogs, barking dog complaints and animal rescues. That changes today as the Hawaiian Humane Society restores services under a city contract.
"We're going to be responding to barking dogs again," says Pamela Burns, Hawaiian Humane Society, President /CEO
Additional funds will allow the Hawaiian Humane Society to restore services that were suspended in 2013. The plans are to increase the yearly funds 5 percent until 2018.
"This year we are happy that we have found additional funding with the help of city council and we are restoring services to 2013 levels with an addition 800 thousand dollars," says Sheri Kajiwara, Customer Services Department, Director.
Services will include stray animal rescue and pick-up, dangerous dog and bite investigations and barking dog complaints.
"Really for the people and animals in our community it means expanded services so it's really great the city has been able to increase our funding," says Burns.
HPD will continue to responding to animal related law enforcement services but some dog owners believe that the humane society is more qualified to handle rescues.
"I just think it's a better situation for our animals. i'm not necessarily sure the police are properly trained to handle those animals in those instances," says Evan Collier, Dog Owner.
Part of the funding goes to increased staffing at the Hawaiian Humane Society. With New Year's Eve just a few days away, the timing couldn't have been better.
"What we've done is added 6 new humane investigators and also three dispatchers so we will be able to respond to the increased demand from the community that we anticipate," says Burns.
Former Hawaiian Humane Society volunteer Terah Richardson says it's a win-win for everyone.
"Anything we can do to help the animals out and not involve police would be amazing," says Terah Richardson, Dog Owner.
It's become a team effort that could help reunite the these missing dogs with their owners.
"The city and the Hawaiian Humane Society share the same goal of keeping the community for animals and people safe. we believe with this increase in funding we'll be able to do a better job of that together," says Burns.
The Hawaiian Humane Society field services team now includes 12 staff with 5 on duty everyday on Oahu. The contract also provides for the care and sheltering of stray animals. That includes 24-hour admission of all animals and pet adoptions 7 days a week.