Dr. Thomas Kosasa has a long history of philanthropy. His passion for animals—a rescue dog is part of his family—sparked his efforts with the Hawaiian Humane Society (hawaiianhumane.org) that recently opened the Kosasa Family Campus at Hoʻopili, O‘ahu. Here, he shares the exciting news with us.
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What are you most excited about with the opening of the Hawaiian Humane Society’s second location, the Kosasa Family Campus at Hoʻopili? The campus offers spay and neuter services, outreach, rescue response, education and a pet food bank for families experiencing difficulties. At 27,000 square feet, the space is twice the size of the original Mōʻiliʻili location and includes pavilions for dogs, cats and small animals.
Tell us what the opening means to the community. The Kosasa Family Campus at Hoʻopili will increase resource accessibility for central and west Oʻahu residents. West Oʻahu households report 60% pet ownership on the island, and having this facility will drastically impact resource availability.
How does this expansion help the organization move forward in promoting animal care and human-animal bond? The innovative design includes open-air circulation and individual drainage for kennels and play areas. It also has soft-close kennels that help with the added stress of loud noises, dogs barking, and people moving around. The design also minimizes face-to-face encounters which can cause stress that dogs may have with each other.
What’s the best advice you have for people who want to help? The best advice I can give is to be kind to all animals.