Neutering your pet benefits you, the fuzzball, community
Hawaiian Humane Society
Hawaiian Humane Society
One of the Hawaiian Humane Society's goals is to see that every companion animal has a home.
Thousands of cats and dogs in Hawai'i find themselves homeless each year. A contributing factor to this problem is animal reproduction that can quickly create a pet population explosion.
In seven years, one cat and her young can produce 420,000 kittens. In six years, one dog and her offspring can be the source of 67,000 puppies.
As guardians of our animal companions, we can work together to curb pet overpopulation.
Show your respect for life by sterilizing your animals. Some people shy away from sterilization because of myths, many of them untrue. Trust in your veterinarian and know that you are helping your pets live healthier lives while not adding to the homeless pet population.
IT PAYS TO SPAY
Six good reasons to spay and neuter your pets:
NEUTER NOW PROGRAM
The City and County of Hono-lulu, the Hawaiian Humane Society and many O'ahu veterinarians cooperate on the Neuter Now program, which provides low-cost sterilizations. While this surgery can cost several hundred dollars, Neuter Now makes it affordable.
The Neuter Now certificate costs $40 for a male cat, $50 for a female cat or male dog, and $75 for a female dog. Those who have an EBT card may purchase a certificate for $20. This small fee typically covers everything from the pre-surgery exam, anesthesia, the surgery, and subsequent removal of stitches, if needed.
Purchase a Neuter Now certificate in person at the Hawaiian Humane Society or any satellite city hall. Or go to www.hawaiian humane.org for more information and an application. Click on "Spay & Neuter Services."
ON NEIGHBOR ISLANDS
Neighbor Island residents can check with their local Humane Society about sterilization programs. On Kaua'i, call (808) 632-0610. On Maui, call (808) 877-3680. On the Big Island, call (808) 331-2724.
Tag No. 860426 This handsome male Siamese mix has gorgeous blue eyes — and the unlikely name of Fifi. He is 3 years old and just a bit shy, but he warms up once he feels comfortable with you. Already neutered, Fifi is ready for a new home today.
Tag No. 86061 Our adorable poi dog from Kennel 21 is as sweet as her name! She wears a short coat of brown and reddish-brown with black accents. Girlie would enjoy a family with plenty of playmates ready to throw the ball — and she'll catch it.
These animals already may have found homes. The Hawaiian Humane Society and McInerny Dog Park, at 2700 Wai'alae Ave., are open daily. For hours, directions, special events and to see more pets available for adoption, visit www.hawaiianhumane.org or call 946-2187. Call immediately to report lost or found animals.