History on hawaii
Animal Balance has been working on the Hawaiian Islands since 2014...
Animal Balance has been serving the communities and animals of Hawaii since 2014. We set out with a goal to help provide each Humane Society the ability to offer affordable and accessible sterilization services for cats and dogs. Each island’s Humane Society, with the exception of Molokai, historically had very high euthanasia rates when we began working there. Each island needed a unique and effective strategy, tailored to meet the needs of their individual community in order to permanently reduce intake and euthanasia numbers in local shelters.
As we moved between islands, it became clear that there were similar circumstances on each island. The most common obstacles we encountered were a lack of equipment, support staff, veterinarians who were trained in high volume surgery, and experience in building and conducting island-wide targeted, high volume MASH and Community Based Sterilization campaigns. One of the methods we used in Hawaii was non-surgical sterilization. Animal Balance teams trained teams in Oahu and Maui in the use of Zeuterin prior to it being taken off the market in 2016. Our team is continuing to research options for non-surgical sterilization worldwide as an efficient alternative to traditional sterilization which is often times more well received in rural areas and on islands.
Animal Balance’s extensive experience in island communities, allowed us to assimilate quickly, offering our services to help train and teach humane organizations on each island. Molokai, Big Island, Kaua'i and Maui all responded favorably, and we have been working with animal welfare NGOs and Humane Societies on these islands since we began in 2014. Maui and Molokai have since established their own MASH and Community Based Sterilization programs and we continue to provide support to organizations on the Big Island and Kaua'i to increase access to affordable and free spay and neuter services.
To date, Animal Balance has provided over 6,267 spay/neuter surgeries for cats and dogs on the islands of Hawaii.