Work continues to reduce Waianae’s soaring homeless pet population

WAIANAE, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Efforts to curb the pet population at Leeward Oahu's largest homeless camp continues.

At Pu'uhonua O Waianae, there's an estimated 140 to 160 dogs at the camp according to the animal outreach group PAWS of Hawaii.

The group is planning to begin spaying and neutering the dogs later this month. But before that can happen, the group will vaccinate, deworm and treat the dogs for fleas and heartworms.

The public has offered generous donations to help the group along in their efforts, raising more than $8,000 since this previous HNN report.

"If we're not able to raise enough funds, we may not be able to do as many animals as we intended. So we're hoping to raise the full amount in the next two weeks so that we can get every single animal here that is wanting spay and neuter, fixed," Kuulei Durand of PAWS of Hawaii said.

A high pet population is partially contributed to by residents of the camp moving into housing, but being told they aren't allowed to keep their pets.

PAWS of Hawaii has visited the camp in recent months.

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