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Hawaiian Humane Society to expand services in West Oahu

MOILIILI, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hawaiian Humane Society announced plans to build a West Oahu location after receiving a donated land parcel from developer D.R. Horton Tuesday.

CEO and president of the Hawaiian Humane Society, Pamela Burns, was thrilled to announce the contribution, ending their 15 year search for an expansion location.

"Oh my goodness! I said its, its happening! It's really happening. It's becoming a reality after these many many years of working towards this end," Burns said.

The new location is expected to be on the corner of Fort Weaver Road and the Old Fort Weaver Road as part of the developing community, Hoopili.

"I think what we're trying to do is bring more of the things people need every day, closer to them. And that's what Hoopili has been all about," D.R. Horton Vice President Cameron Nekota said. "And I think, for us, being able to partner with the Hawaiian Humane Society to be able to provide much needed services out there, enhances the quality of life for many people in the region."

The five-acre parcel is twice the size of the Hawaiian Humane Society's current location at Moiliili and will feature sheltering services for homeless and lost animals, spay and neuter services, adoptions, lost and found, a larger community dog park, dog training classes and youth education.

"When we had done the study several years ago and we looked at all the animals that came in to our shelter, about half of them could be more conveniently served if we had a shelter on West Oahu," Burns said.

Nearly 55 percent of Oahu homeowners have a pet.

Construction of the new center will be paid for by donations to the Humane Society.

There is no projected completion date for the West Oahu location.

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