The Oahu Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
Rescue, Rehabilitate, Rehome
115 Lehua Street, Suite 861673, Wahiawa, Hawaii 96786
Board of Directors:
Audy Kimura, Maude Lau, David Ryan, Allan Mayhack, George T. Paris, Stephanie Ryan
Sharmaine Swisher, Kirk Izawa, Emily Steiner
Lisa Levine, Paul Cunney
The Oahu SPCA was founded in April of 2009 and launched its mission, “Every healthy, treatable animal will find a forever home”. The overwhelming support of community members was instrumental in helping to establish the first animal shelter in the state of Hawaii with a “no-kill philosophy”. On July 18, 2009, 432 animals were relinquished to the Oahu SPCA in Largest Animal Rescue in the history of Hawaii. The Oahu SPCA rescued all 432 animals in 48 hours after the owner of an animal sanctuary in Waianae passed away.
Oahu SPCA is a community center, providing the necessary services where families come together, volunteer and learn what it means to be a responsible pet owner. We provide a services to both the people and the companion animals of our community;
- Foster to foster care to rehabilitate both humans and animals,
- community service opportunities to high school students, the first to work program and others,
- volunteer opportunities,
- affordable adoption opportunities,
- the lowest cost sterilization and veterinary services available to the public,
- and a shelter and rehabilitation program for rescued animals, giving them a second chance to prepare them for adoption.
Animals make a significant difference in the lives of more than 60% of the families in Hawaii. The Oahu SPCA has assumed much of the responsibility in our community since we were founded to provide the necessary support to these families. We provide the lowest cost veterinary services including sterilization, wellness clinics and education, for more than 11,000 families each year in Oahu, Maui, Kauai and the Big Island of Hawaii.
Oahu SPCA is one of the primary non-profit organization in Hawaii that participates in the “First to Work Program. Our program gives the troubled youth of Oahu a second chance to enter the work force. By volunteering at the shelter, young adults rehabilitate our rescued animals, at the same time gather invaluable experience and self-confidence by helping an animal who is less fortunate.
Oahu SPCA also provides a rich environment for high school students to accrue community service credits. We provide apprenticeships for students planning careers in Advertising, Business, Administration, Veterinary and Veterinarian Technician services.
Oahu SPCA is the first animal welfare organization in history to be funded by Aloha United Way and is a recipient of the City County of Honolulu Community Service Award for Outstanding Achievement.
Oahu faces a constant problem with the growing numbers of unwanted, homeless and feral animals living on our streets, public parks and undeveloped areas. In addition to animals in the wild, there are large numbers of animals living with homeless families and individuals.
Without proactive intervention, these animals will adversely impact the communities, spread disease and present safety issues. The Oahu SPCA has made a significant impact in eliminating free roaming packs of feral and aggressive dogs and in reducing the population of feral cats. The staff and volunteers of the organization trap feral dogs and cats, bring them to the shelter where they are medically and behaviorally rehabilitated, sterilized and adopted to good homes.
Many pet owners, no matter how well intended, get overwhelmed with their pets’ needs, can’t afford veterinary care and abandon or euthanize their animals. Every week animals are left at our shelter or on the streets to fend for themselves.
The Oahu SPCA is the first to provide the lowest cost veterinary services to the public. 37% of our clients are low-income and 9% are transient. The goal is to provide Sterilization and Wellness Clinic services to as many animals and families as possible to eliminate animal overpopulation and abandonment due to high costs of veterinary services.
The number of homeless animals has been reduced by approximately 57% since the Oahu SPCA was founded in 2009.
There are an estimated 299,072 pet owning households in Hawaii for an approximate total of 311,890 dogs and 340,890 cats. Approximately 30% of them are not sterilized. Adding to this problem are pet owners, who can no longer care for their animals, abandon them or euthanize them because of their inability to pay for their health care.
This situation is compounded each year by our tropical climate, promoting year-round breeding. Another contributing factor is the increase in the transient human population, resulting in animal abandonment. It is estimated that two unaltered dogs and their offspring can produce 67,000 puppies in six years. Similar figures apply to cats with the ramifications of these numbers translating to tens of thousands of homeless animals on Oahu each year. Low-cost sterilization and veterinary services available to the public at the Oahu SPCA, provide a solution to reducing the number of these abandoned and homeless animals. Providing education to our community, affordable sterilization and veterinary care prevents the reproduction of unwanted animals and the numbers of abandoned animals due to the escalating cost of veterinary services.
Animals make a significant difference in the lives of well over 60% of the population. The Oahu SPCA has taken on much of the responsibility in our community to rehabilitate and protect these animals from abandonment and suffering. The Oahu SPCA is providing this community service with private and corporate donations. We are the first organization to provide low cost veterinary services to the public. The 37% of our clients are low-income or homeless.
Our goal is to provide the lowest cost sterilization and wellness clinic services to as many animals and families as possible to insure every family – and especially those who need it most – receive quality affordable veterinary care. This will help to eliminate animal overpopulation and abandonment due to the high costs of veterinary care. Our welfare health care services and rescue efforts are funded by grants, donations and public support.
Proceeds from our clinic services go to the care and treatment of rescued animals at the shelter.
Oahu SPCA rescues and provides vital veterinary services to more than 11,000 companion animals and families state-wide annually. The Oahu SPCA was founded based on a no kill philosophy and is dedicated to humanly reducing the population of companion animals. This is key to the development of a more responsible community.
Together we can save the lives of thousands of animals every year and improve the lives of people throughout Hawaii every day.