Honolulu (KHON2) — As animal shelters in Hawaii rapidly fill up and reach capacity, PETA announced on Monday It is posting the following message on hundreds of buses in the capital: “Your yoga buddy is waiting in an animal shelter.”
According to PETA, about 70 million dogs and cats are homeless in the U.S. at any given time, and despite the animal crisis, only 23 percent of dogs and 31 percent of cats are adopted from shelters or other facilities.
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“Oahu families are very supportive of adoption when they seek pets,” said Jessica Tronoski, communications manager for the Hawaiian Humane Society (HHS). “Our community’s compassion for homeless animals makes [HHS] Animals available for adoption can be cared for as long as they need to find a home. “
She added that, like shelters across the country, they see higher than normal number of animals Care is needed, so now is an excellent time for anyone looking to add a pet to their family.
As the 4th of July approaches, Tronoski emphasizes the importance of microchipping, making sure your pet’s information is updated, and keeping your pet safe indoors during fireworks.
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HHS’ capacity has grown significantly due to special temporary adjustments to the admissions operation and summer adoptions, which both end on June 30. Their team of foster care volunteers and new members who joined last weekend also help with operations.