400 neglected animals rescued, almost ready for adoption

Inga Gibson
Inga Gibson
Stephanie Ryan
Stephanie Ryan

By Mari-Ela David - bio | email

WEST OAHU (KHNL) - More than 400 neglected animals on West Oahu are a day away from being ready for a new home and family.

They were rescued from a home in Nanakuli over the weekend.

They are at a shelter in Kalaeloa. The exact location is a being kept a secret, because the animals are still recuperating and rescuers don't want people to visit them just yet.

Carmel and Leilani are among the 100 dogs, 100 cats, and 200 fowl rescued in what the United Animal Nations calls possibly the largest animal rescue operation in Oahu's history.

"This is Leilani here you can see she's doing very well. Unfortunately some of the other dogs are suffering from various skin and eye infections internal and external parasites, the majority of the conditions we've seen so far appear treatable," said Inga Gibson, Hawaii State Director of the Humane Society of the U.S.

The Humane Society of the United States is one of several animal rescue agencies working to care for, foster and adopt out the animals. Rescuers say this was a case of good intentions gone wrong.

"The owners did the best they could for the means that were available to them," said Stephanie Ryan, co-founder of the Oahu SPCA.

There is video of the rescue.

The animals were removed from a home in Nanakuli on Sunday. Some were outside in kennels, while others were roaming freely.

Rescuers say an elderly couple was operating an animal sanctuary there.

After the wife passed away, the husband became overwhelmed with the responsibility of caring for the animals.

So he called Oahu SPCA and surrendered them.

"Unfortunately, no two, three, even 10 people could care for the number of animals on the property," said Gibson.

The animals are now at a temporary emergency shelter getting health exams, vaccinated, spayed, neutered, and socialized, all in hopes of finding a new, and more healthy place to call home.

Some of the animals will be ready for a new home as early as Thursday.

Applications are available online.

Photos of the animals will be posted on the web tomorrow.

To check them out, we've set up a link on our website on this page.