Pets are great at any age. Do you remember your first pet and learning how to care for Spot or Fluffy? It doesn’t take much time and effort to keep a mature pet. The love, attention and companionship they give seems so much more than the protection, food and exercise we offer.
The Humane Society has a special program called Senior to Senior, where persons over 60 may adopt any dog or cat over 6 years of age — free of charge. Many seniors prefer smaller dogs that are older, have more settled personalities and are already housebroken and trained. Retirement gives us more time for a pet and a deeper need for companionship. If you want a little encouragement to get out for your daily exercise, a pet has a special way of getting you to your feet!
The Hawaiian Humane Society is an education and advocacy organization that shelters, protects, rescues, reunites and rehomes animals. It is O‘ahu’s only open-admission shelter that welcomes all animals. Established in 1883, this nonprofit organization is not a chapter of any group because there is no national humane society. The humane societies on neighbor islands: Hawaii Island Humane Society, Maui Humane Society, Kauai Humane Society and West Hawaii Humane Society are separate entities. Gifts made directly to these independent organizations help local animals.
Christina Kam, Communications and Events Manager at The Hawaiian Humane Society says that seniors make excellent volunteers because many are retired and have time to devote to helping animals. They show up on schedule to walk dogs in the morning and help clean the cat house. They even do community presentations on behalf of the Hawaiian Humane Society. “Seniors may also become foster families and care for the animals in the comfort of their own homes,” says Kam. “Please ask your readers to contact us and learn more about volunteer opportunities.”
Need more encouragement? Just look at this cute dog who was up for adoption in January. We missed the chance to give him a home then — but the pet of your dreams may be waiting for you right now at your local Humane Society.
HAWAIIAN HUMANE SOCIETY 2700 Waialae Ave., Honolulu HI 96826
808-356-2200 | www.hawaiihumane.org