The shelter comes to you: Humane Society takes pet adoptions on the road

Stephanie Shim
Stephanie Shim
Diann Kemp
Diann Kemp

By Ben Gutierrez - bio | email

KAILUA (HawaiiNewsNow) - Tulip is a and and-a-half year-old female terrier mix who's up for adoption at the Hawaiian Humane Society. So what was she doing in the middle of a car dealership Sunday?

Tulip, along with five other dogs and eight kittens, were in the showroom at Mike McKenna's Windward Ford, ready to be adopted on the spot. Bringing adoptions on the road is something the Humane Society has started doing recently, with positive results.

"We just started doing off-site adoption events at PETCO Kaneohe, so that's going to be every Sunday, and we've been doing events also at PETCO Kapolei on the other side every Saturday," said the Humane Society's Rachel Sussman.

Sunday marked the third time that Mike McKenna has hosted the event at his dealership in the past few months.

"Primarily it's something we like to do, and all of our employees -- they're all involved," McKenna said.

Justin and Stephanie Shim came in and adopted Chloe, a two year-old female.

"We love dogs," Stephanie Shim said, "and we haven't had a dog of our own since we got married, and we really wanted to adopt."

"We went to the Humane Society in town, and they said to come down over here to McKenna's," Justin Shim said. "And we found Chloe."

The Shims said it was important to adopt.

"We've come from dog families and we know how important it is for dogs to be able to be with loving families," Stephanie Shim said. "We just wanted to be able to give a dog a good home."

Nearly everyone in the showroom didn't pay much attention to the cars; they came specifically for the adoption event.

"We were going to look, and I told Kaitlyn, you know, we may walk away with nothing," said Diann Kemp, who came with another family member. "But we both went directly to this sweetie here, and we couldn't resist," referring to a dog that she had just adopted and was resting contentedly in her lap.

Sydney Kenny of Kaneohe also came looking for a pet, and left with two kittens.

"We really came for a puppy, but we fell in love with these two little ones," she said. "So they're coming home with us."

The Humane Society says the off-site adoptions are working.

"We have a really good turnout," Sussman said. "A lot of people are excited to see all the dogs we bring, and they're disappointed when we don't have enough."

So perhaps a new car didn't get driven off the lot, but a dog or cat got put into a new family.

Besides the PETCO locations, the Humane Society also has an adoption event scheduled August 20 at Schofield Barracks, for military families looking to adopt.

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