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Oahu Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Charity Profile
The 2011 ASPCA $100K Challenge is a nationwide competition for animal shelters (and their communities) aiming to get more animals adopted or returned to their owners than ever before. Each of us from the O’ahu SPCA would like to extend our warmest wishes to you and your families. Thanks to the support of community members like you, we launched our mission, “Every healthy, treatable animal will find a forever home.” This support was instrumental in helping us to establish the first O’ahu SPCA and the largest animal shelter in Hawai’i based on a “no-kill” philosophy.
A Second Record Rescue
We are happy to announce that the O’ahu SPCA has recently completed the second record rescue of our first year of operations. The first, which marked our first day of operations, was the Wai’anae Rescue. This was the largest animal rescue in the history of Hawai’i. On July 18, 2009, 432 animals were relinquished to the O’ahu SPCA after the owner of an animal sanctuary in Wai’anae passed away. On the first anniversary of the Wai’anae Rescue, July 18, 2010, the Oahu SPCA rescued ninety-one displaced dogs and cats from Ma’ili Point Beach in West O’ahu, when authorities demolished approximately eighty homeless campsites.
Most of O’ahu‘s homeless population have and rely on their companion animals, and in many cases these animals are the only ‘ohana they have. Caring for displaced people is only half the equation; the displaced animals must be cared for as well. All of the ninety-one animals saved during the Ma’ili Point Rescue are receiving much-needed care. Some of those rescued had lived their entire lives on the streets, and are receiving medical attention for the first time. If not for the Oahu SPCA, these animals would have been left to roam the streets, endangering their lives and the lives of motorists.
Helping Animals Helps People
We estimate that we rescued half of the dogs and cats that were living at Ma’ili Point Beach. We get calls every day from displaced individuals who can no longer care for their animals. State Transitional Housing or shelters and mental health care facilities do not accommodate pets. Those who are faced with this dilemma choose instead to inhabit our beaches and parks with their pets. Rescuing the companion animals of displaced people gives them the opportunity to move into transitional housing or mental health care facilities, or time to find permanent residences.
The O’ahu SPCA is the primary organization on O’ahu that fosters or shelters companion animals, enabling the homeless to enter into these facilities. The proximity of our Shelter to Kumunonua Transitional Housing in Kapolei allows the people in residence there the opportunity to visit and care for their companion animals, just blocks away. This opportunity is a viable alternative to life on the beaches or streets.
The O’ahu SPCA is Growing
The O’ahu SPCA was able to save more than 1,400 animals our first year, with the help of supporters such as yourself and the assistance of over 2,000 volunteers. Our large volunteer force helps guarantee that most of the funds received go to the care and treatment of our rescued animals. As a result of the Ma’ili Point Rescue and the sub-sequent intakes, we have more than 200 animals to care for in our shelter. We are soliciting donations to create an emergency care/sterilization clinic to 5,000 square feet within our 20,000 square foot facility, to care for the volume of animals requiring rehabilitation. Eventually we hope to provide low-cost or no-cost sterilization to the public and emergency care for our rescues. Our goal is to gather 200 sponsors to cover monthly expenses for every dog and cat in our shelter. Below is one of the extreme cases we are faced with rehabilitating.
Spay and neutering saves lives.
There are simply not enough families on our island to care for the numbers of pets that are born each year. As Oahu’s population grows the number of pets grows exponentially. Two unaltered dogs can produce 67,000 puppies in six years. Two unaltered cats can produce 370,000 offspring in seven years. These are incredible numbers when you consider there are only approximately 1,000,000 people on Oahu to care for all these newborns including the existing pets that inhabit our island. Save a life, spay and neuter all your pets!
We Need Your Support
The O’ahu SPCA is still in the infancy of our development. We rescue, rehabilitate and re-home more than 100 animals each month, and are still caring for the animals from our second record rescue. The need continues to grow with the growing population of homeless and transient families. We are in need of your support and tax-deductible donations now more than ever as we enter into our second year of saving lives. Together we can make a significant improvement in the lives of the homeless population of humans and animals on O’ahu.
Oahu Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Volunteer Information
We appreciate younger people wanting to help but we ask that 14 & 15 year old minors attend with their parent or legal guardian prior to signing up to volunteer.
There will be an Oahu SPCA Volunteer Orientation meeting the last Saturday of every month from 10:00 am to 11:30 am. Individual volunteers are highly encouraged to attend an orientation BEFORE they start their volunteer work. Children between the ages of 10 and 15 years who would like to volunteer must be accompanied to the orientation by an adult.