Can't adopt? Foster a dog for a week or two, no charge

By Brenton Awa
Published On: Nov 19 2013 05:29:00 PM HST

If you've ever wanted a dog and can not adopt one, the Hawaiian Humane Society is asking you to consider fostering a pet.

HONOLULU -

Man's best friend, needs your help. The Hawaiian Humane Society has too many dogs and they're asking the public, if you can't adopt one, can you foster one for a little while?

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"We have a huge pet over population problem on Oahu and we can only help that by having people come and get animals from us or other rescues so we can make more room for more animals that are coming into our doors," said Christina Kam, communications specialist at the Hawaiian Humane Society.

The shelter gets around 80 animals per day. Once they're ready for adoption, the Humane Society will keep them as long as it takes to find a new home. There are 55 dogs currently waiting at the facility, but staff tells us that number should be in the thirties.

"There's no training, we give you all the supplies you need, we just ask that you open your home for a week to two weeks," said Kam.

According to Kam, on any given day, there are already roughly 100 animals out on foster care, but that's not enough and the shelter needs more foster parents.

"It kind of gives the animal a nice little break, a vacation and what it does is open up a space in our kennels for another dog to come out and be adopted," said Kam.

If you're worried about getting attached to a dog, adoption is still available.

"A lot of our foster friends really love when they find out that the animal found a loving home and they feel really good they helped the animal get there."

The public can choose a dog to foster during normal business hours from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on weekends.

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