Include pets in resolutions for new year
Hawaiian Humane Society
Hawaiian Humane Society
Got New Year's resolutions? Why not include your animal companions on that list. Start by resolving to devote more time to your pets and to give them better care.
Clark Hatch, known for creating O'ahu's first off-leash dog park in 1998, said his resolution this year goes beyond his regular vow to spend more time with his beagle, Buster.
"We owe it to our pets to provide them with the best love and care, especially when they're ill," Hatch said. "My resolution for Buster is to do whatever it takes to make him feel better, from visiting a veterinary specialist to preparing special meals, trying new medications or natural cures. We're a team and I'll be there for Buster. We still get plenty of exercise, too; dogs love a routine."
Another resolve: Give your pets the gift of ID. County-issued license tags for dogs assert proof of ownership. And by micro-chipping your cats, dogs, rabbits and even some birds, you will help the humane society get them home should they get lost.
This year, Marianne and Scott Schultz of Kane'ohe adopted Manele and Koele, two shelter dogs who are now microchipped. The couple said they have a great relationship with a veterinarian, keep up with exams and vaccinations and feed the dogs wonderful food and healthy treats.
"Our resolution is to strengthen our commitment to exercise the dogs, walking them about two miles a day, rain or shine," said Marianne Schultz. "It is a routine that they really enjoy. Sure, there are days when I don't really want to walk, but it is a resolution we made during 2005 when we adopted the pair, and one we intend to keep for 2006 as well."
Another resolution on the New Year's table: Have your pets spayed or neutered, a plus for your pets' health. For females, it greatly reduces the risk for mammary cancer and eliminates the possibility of uterine infections. Male pets will be less likely to develop prostate diseases and are less likely to stray from home.
Unsterilized pets add to Hawai'i's pet overpopulation. The City and County's Neuter Now program provides low-cost sterilization surgery at 24 O'ahu veterinary clinics. Purchase a Neuter Now certificate at any satellite city hall or the Humane Society.
A related resolution comes from Jennifer Kishimori, president of Cat Friends, who works in partnership with the Humane Society to control abandoned and feral cats through Trap-Neuter-Release-Manage efforts.
"If you are feeding but not sterilizing stray cats, please call us at 686-CATS (686-2287)," said Kishimori. "We will ensure the cats are returned to the colony to live out their lives without producing unwanted litters."
Pet owner or not, resolve to make life better for Hawai'i's animals. Report any acts of cruelty or neglect. When adding a pet to your household, consider a shelter animal first. Help to strengthen Hawai'i's laws against animal cruelty. Work to instill respect for all living creatures in your community.
Show you care about animals by getting involved with an organization that protects or benefits animals. Your local humane society and other animal advocates need your help. Donate time or money to a worthy organization this year.
Happy New Year from the staff and animals at the Hawaiian Humane Society.
Tag No. 82570. Who can resist the spunky antics of Felix the cat? He's just 9 months old and loaded with kitten playfulness. He is black with yellow eyes, already neutered, vaccinated and microchipped. He's wishing for a new family.
Tag No. 81361. This handsome beagle/hound mix named Kolohe is the male half of a pair of wonderful, active 4-year-olds. Kolohe and his sister Pua enjoy each other's company. Come and meet both of them.
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, see www.hawaiianhumane.org or call 946-2187. Call immediately to report lost or found animals.