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July 21, 2009

The HSUS Assists in Rescue of Hundreds of Animals in West Oahu

National and Local Animal Welfare Groups Help Hundreds of Dogs, Cats and Birds

The Humane Society of the United States

HONOLULU — The Humane Society of the United States and the Oahu Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals have collaborated with United Animal Nations, Hawaii Dog Foundation, CatFriends, Wild Bird Rehab Haven, Hawaiian Humane Society, Joey's Feline Friends and Love A Cat Charity to rescue more than 400 animals from a suspected hoarding situation at a West Oahu property. The HSUS was called in to manage animal handling, transportation and shelter operation for this rescue mission. 

"This may be one of the largest animal rescue missions in Oahu's history. Thanks to the collaborative efforts of multiple animal welfare organizations, these deserving animals now have the chance to find loving, lifelong homes," said Inga Gibson, Hawaii state director for The HSUS. 

According to Oahu SPCA co-founder Jennifer Kishimori, "The HSUS has the national expertise and resources to support local rescue operations such as this. It was a natural alliance to ensure the success of this project."

After the death of the property owner, the surviving spouse contacted the Oahu SPCA and surrendered more than 100 dogs, 100 cats and 200 fowl living at the site. These animals were housed in outdoor kennels or were roaming freely throughout the property. Some of these animals were emaciated and suffering from serious skin and eye infections and parasite infestation.

An emergency shelter large enough to handle the animals was established at the Oahu SPCA facility in Kalaeloa through the generosity of Hunt Development Group. The HSUS obtained much-needed sheltering supplies at a generously discounted rate from The Home Depot. 

Rescuers began to remove animals from the property early Sunday morning and transported them to the temporary facility. At the shelter, veterinarians continue to perform health assessments and provide necessary medical care. Staff from all the involved organizations have banded together to provide these rescued animals much-needed care. 

High-quality video B-roll and an image slideshow from the rescue are available upon request. 

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