KALAELOA (KHNL) - The largest animal rescue in Hawaii's history took place two months ago, but many of the animals still need to be saved.
Some animals have been adopted, but even more need homes. The Oahu Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals celebrated their two month anniversary of saving animal's lives with a special open house.
Around a hundred people showed up to the temporary emergency shelter in Kalaeloa. Many left with a new furry friend.
More than 400 birds, cats and dogs were abandoned when the owner of a no-kill shelter in Nanakuli died. it left her widow alone and overwhelmed. but within 48 hours, help arrived via the Humane Society of the United States and the Oahu SPCA.
After all those animals were brought in two months ago, this temporary shelter in Kalaeloa still cares for about 40 dogs and 80 cats, with another 50 animals placed in foster care.
"We want to make sure that we're putting them into a solid foundation, a home that's going to provide them a lifetime home," Oahu SPCA operations manager Jody Bade-DeViney said.
For the Banis family, Saturday was supposed to be a happy day. A day they'd be reunited with the dog they gave away years ago. It eventually ended up in this Nanakuli no-kill shelter and then here in Kalaeloa after the rescue.
"He was our child, he was our fourth son," Kapolei resident Patty Banis said.
But that fourth son passed away before they could even say goodbye.
"He had cancer and all these ladies here who are donating all their time and effort to help these animals, they were with him, he had to be euthanized, 'cuz it was too late already," Banis said.
But not too late to start all over. They look at Missy on Saturday. Ironically, she's the girlfriend of their first dog.
"I don't want to make the same mistake, so I don't want to bring her home and then I can't do it," Banis said.
The Banis' hope to take her home someday, after she gets rehabilitated.
"We're here to try and help educate the public that they can train their animals, that they can rehabilitate them, so those animals can be apart of their life forever," Bade-DeViney said.