Hawaii Lava Flow Animal Rescue

The Hawaiʻi Lava Flow Animal Rescue Network (HLFARN ) was created to serve as an informational hub for those needing assistance with pets and animals on farms during the 2018 eruption of Kilauea on the Big Island of Hawaiʻi. But it has become so much more than that. HLFARN has blossomed from a group of strangers into an Ohana; a family of people whose love for animals has taken them into the path of an erupting volcano to rescue pets and farm animals that have been left behind.

We are a grassroots movement to help the residents displaced from Leilani Estates and lower Puna to evacuate their beloved companions and friends. As a group of volunteers, we have rescued over 200 animals thus far. We continue to help residents, their furry friends, and stray animals every day; rain or shine.

The continuing eruption has destroyed homes and threatened lives, including the lives of dogs, cats, rabbits, pigs, birds, fish, chickens, goats, sheep, cows, and horses. A plethora of animals have been abandoned or relocated to foster care while their owners figure out where they are going to live. Foster families have taken on the burden of caring for these animals without a second thought as to who will feed and care for them.

We are asking for donations to help our field volunteers acquire safety gear, respirators, and to help alleviate the cost of transportation. Your donation will help to rescue, provide food, carriers, crates, and medical attention to many pets and farm animals. We would also like to help those who are relocating with crates for airline travel. Your donation will support the long and tedious process of caring for rescued animals, as well as some support to evacuated families who are dealing with one of the most difficult times of their lives. Without your help, and the help of our volunteers, these animals would have likely perished. Your donation will save lives and help keep families together.

Mahalo for taking the time to read and share our mission in saving as many animals as we can. #PunaStayClassy

For transparency:  I was born and raised here in the Keaʻau/Puna area. This will always be home no matter where I have lived. I am an Admin in the Facebook group HLFARN . I am helping to raise funds for the group so we are able to purchase supplies like respirators and cartridges, collars, toys, pet food, litter, feed, hay, and other supplies that are requested. I have bought and supplied our group with respirators, gas cards, and leashes to help rescue animals from the evacuation area. We are still in need for supplies like harnesses, cat litter, traps, feed for the farm animals, and veterinary care for the animals.  The funds will also be spent to help support the animals that were fostered by various people, to purchase supplies and support the team of volunteers that have been helping with evacuations. I will be purchasing these supplies along with other Admins of the group, then distributing the items to various groups that need our help. I have already donated more than $500 dollars in supplies so far. I hope this will continue with your help. #PunaStrong


Syndi Leinaala Texeira
Pahoa, HI

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