No-kill animal shelter makes a big move

By Ben Gutierrez - bio | email

KAPOLEI (HawaiiNewsNow) - Moving is never easy. But can you imagine trying to move more than 50 dogs and some 100 cats and kittens from one place to another in a single weekend? That's what the Oahu Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals did Saturday and Sunday.

Sunday was the first full day in a new home for many of the animals at the new facility, while around them, dozens of volunteers were hard at work, getting everything moved in and organized.

"It's going to be a lot of trial and error, moving things around," said Oahu SPCA Executive Director Abigail Bingham. "Until everything is in its respective place, it's going to be a tight squeeze this week, trying to figure out how we're going to accommodate everything."

But there should be a lot more space for everything at the new facility, located in what were vacant warehouses on property in Campbell Industrial Park owned by Aloha Petroleum Corporation. The Oahu SPCA's founder and president approached the company, which agreed to lease the facility, rent free, to the shelter for the next two years.

"This new warehouse space will have approximately quadruple the exterior space for animals to live more naturally in a shelter environment," said the shelter's founder and president Stephanie Ryan.

The new warehouse space replaces facilities at Kalaeloa. And the space is needed, since the Oahu SPCA is a no-kill animal shelter. Cats and dogs are cared for at the shelter until they are adopted.

"We do whatever is necessary to rehabilitate them, medically especially, and behaviorally," Ryan said. "And these surgeries are costly to the Oahu SPCA, but essential for successful adoptions."

The shelter has grown quickly since it opened just two years ago, so moving to a bigger space is definitely a big deal. So far, the move has gone smoothly.

"I've been working in shelters since I was 15 years old, and I've never seen a move so successful in such a short amount of time," Bingham said.

The Oahu SPCA hopes to have organized and ready for a grand opening, tentatively set for Saturday.

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