(Media release) —
The district of Puna is on alert! The June 27 lava flow poses a threat to farms and homes in the Puna area near Pahoa. Since this flow is in an agricultural area, it also threatens farm animals such as chickens, ducks, sheep, goats, horses, pigs, in addition to dogs and cats.
All these animals would need to be evacuated in the event of an approaching lava flow. As people prepare for possible evacuation, they need to prepare and plan for evacuating their livestock and pets, too.
Finding accommodations for displaced people and their animals could become a major challenge as this lava flow continues. H.E.L.P. Puna is providing this website service free of charge to residents who need to find places to protect their animals, and other residents in safe areas who wish to offer their properties as “Places of Refuge”.
Some “refuges” will be willing to accept only certain types of animals, such as dogs or cats. Others may have large fenced pastures or yards where they can take horses, sheep, or goats. Still others may have small backyards where they can only take chickens. Everyone is invited to offer their property as a haven from the lava flow for any livestock and pets they can accommodate.
Those offering their places as refuges can do so for free or for a fee. It is between the parties to decide all financial issues and ensure there is a good fit.
We also invite those with animal trailers to offer their services on this website. Some people will need help moving their animals.
When our community is faced with a crisis, our Aloha spirit pulls us together. The H.E.L.P Puna registry is a portal to sharing that Aloha with friends and neighbors trying to save our animals from the devastation of this lava flow.
Go to www.HelpPuna.com and please share this with friends and neighbors. Mahalo.