Groups rescue more than 250 animals from lava-impacted communities

Groups rescue more than 250 animals from lava-impacted communities
More than 250 animals have been saved from lava-impacted areas on the Big Island. (Image: ASPCA)

By Ryen Palmeira
HNN Summer Intern

More than 250 animals have been rescued so far from lava-impacted areas on the Big Island.

The Hawaii Island Humane Society and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals have partnered to get all sorts of animals — from dogs and cats to birds and sheep — out of dangerous areas in lower Puna.

Some of the animals had to be airlifted out to Keaau, where they are getting care.

Want to help get animals out of lava-impacted areas? Click here.

The good news: Nearly all of the animals have been returned to their owners, with the remainder in foster homes.

"The ongoing and relentless destruction caused by the Kilauea volcano eruptions has put hundreds of animal lives at risk, and the ASPCA is pleased to be in a position where we can partner and assist the Hawaii Island Humane Society to save as many displaced animals as possible," said Dick Green, senior director of ASPCA Disaster Response.

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