The lava problems in Hawaii are affecting many people in many different locations. With many of their items left behind, one of the most important things left behind was one of the members of their family. The lava problems were so intense that the furry family members that are known as pets had to be left behind. This was a problem that caused heartache to not only the pet owners but rescue workers as well. While rescuing pets is at the top of the list, it comes behind rescuing children, seniors, and disabled individuals who aren’t able to help themselves.
However, now there have been many dogs, cats, geese, ducks, cows and exotic birds who have finally been rescued. The Red Cross shelter in Pahoa has estimated that they have about 100 dogs and 30 cats in their possession now. There are many volunteers who have been working with the dogs and cats that are having a more difficult time socializing with all of the other animals. It can be very difficult for many of the animals to function properly without their human companions.
There are also many refugees from the volcanic eruption who have been camping out at the Red Cross shelter with their pets. This is a place where pets and humans are both equally welcome. While it may be difficult for pet owners to crash at a friends house when they have multiple animals, the Red Cross Shelters are openly accepting pets and their owners with no questions asked.
There has been a huge outpouring of generosity and support both financially and with volunteers during these efforts to rescue these Hawaiian pets. The local zoos are helping to house some of the bigger animals and livestock that can’t easily be stationed at Red Cross Shelters. There are many volunteers who are working to find abandoned pets that may have been left behind. Many financial donations have been made to the Red Cross Shelters to help both the pets and the humans who are unable to return to their homes.
It can be more difficult to take care of the livestock than the smaller animals. They have a tendency to be more frightened by natural disasters than smaller pets. It will be a matter of time before these larger animals can settle into their new surroundings. It is amazing to see how everyone has come together to help these pets and their owners find some peace during these troubled times.