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Hawaii Lava Flow Animal Rescue

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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
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HLFARN’s Final Projects -- We Need Your Help!!
Dear members...as most of us hold our breath in hopes that Pele may finally be resting again soon, we have begun to shift our gears a bit. The immediate threat to animals has slowed significantly since the first eight weeks of the eruption. It has been a crazy time, with so many of us working tirelessly to ensure the safety and well-being of Big Island animals. From the feathered to the furred, the hooved to the pawed, we’ve helped a wide variety of animals -- none of which could have been done without the support of our members. This group is, quite simply, amazing. We thank all of you for all that you’ve done.
A few of us will be transitioning what we’ve started with what we lovingly call HelllllllFARN into the Hawaii Animal Kuleana Alliance (HAKA) in the coming months. You may notice us being a bit quiet for a while (after our obligations to the lava animals are wrapped up) -- starting a non-profit is a big undertaking!! We will leave this current Facebook group intact as it currently is so that it can continue to be a resource and communication hub for the community, especially as any emergencies spring up (hurricanes? brush fires? already?!?!). We will be adding social media pages for HAKA and other groups based on more specific interests. But we hope that most of you will continue with us on this journey. Whether that means volunteering, donating, sharing a post, or one of many other ways that we can use your help, we would be honored to call you a supporter of HAKA and a friend to us and these incredible animals. Thank you all again -- for donating, volunteering, lending moral support, being partner agencies, sharing posts, lending an ear, and so much more -- from the most humble reaches of our hearts.

We also hope that this event has some of our members considering becoming fosters and adopters. There are still so many animals that need forever homes, or just to get out of the shelters/rescues until their forever homes come along. Please consider giving these animals, both lava animals and non-lava animals, a loving, caring place to lay their head. It is very important that any fosters/adopters be able to completely take on the role of pet parent, including financially, but we are happy to throw in a new adopter package for anyone who adopts with the assistance of HAKA.

Now, let’s put away those tissues and roll up our sleeves -- there’s still plenty of work to be done!!
Koa, Luna, and Major (horses): These three horses are under the care of HLFARN/HAKA until the perfect forever homes can be found. As you probably know, horses require a lot of care and the expenses are high -- especially for these special needs horses. Koa is the famous “lava horse” and Luna came to us with a terrible skin condition that we are attempting to treat. Major is an older, blind draft horse. If we cannot find the perfect homes for them, they will be under our care for the foreseeable future. We very much need regular and on-call horse care volunteers who have experience with horses and help out with feeding and other basic tasks. We could also use a volunteer to help research horse-related groups on social media and other animal/horse media groups where we can tell their stories.

HIHS Lava Kitties: We are trying to assist HIHS with finding new areas and caretakers that can take on undomesticated cat colonies. If you might be interested, please let us know! It’s definitely a commitment, but one that we can help you with.
The cats (on location at HIHS and with fosters) are also in need of donations of smaller metal bowls and small roasting/litter pans for their enclosures, cat food, larger wire crates (gently used OK), towels (used ok), natural cat litter (not clay), pee pads, and canned cat food. Also, these lava kitties have created plenty of extra work for the already stretched staff of HIHS, and we are trying to help them find cat care volunteers. If you’re an early bird (prefer people who can start around 7:30am) who loves cats, please let us know! We prefer people who can commit to a regular schedule, but even going once is a huge help.

Animal fosters (dogs, cats, farm animals): Many of the foster animals that we’ve been assisting with have reunited with their pet parents or have found forever homes with some of our caring members (yay!). The majority of animals currently in foster are farm birds, dogs, and cats. Any donation assistance with feed and dog and cat food is much appreciated. We’ve also got a few animals in foster whose medical care we are responsible for, including one poor doggy that had to have emergency help recently. A donation to our GoFundMe also helps this program directly.

MCoH: Magical Creatures of Hamakua, a brand new vegan animal sanctuary in Laupahoehoe, took in a lot of lava animals! These animals will find their forever home in this beautiful place along the Hamakua Coast. They will need long term feed assistance and committed animal care volunteers.
FPG: FPG is also a new sanctuary, located in Mountain View. They took in quite a handful of lava animals, as well, and could also use assistance. They still need to get up more fencing on their property so that they can take in more animals that need forever homes -- we will have an update on a work day soon, including volunteer and supply needs.

Pahoa Shelter (dogs & cats): The Pahoa shelter’s animal area still has need for dog food, cat food, poop bags, and cat litter. A donation to our GoFundMe also helps this program directly.

Aloha Animal Advocates (cats): This cat rescue/sanctuary that had to evacuate from Leilani Estates has relocated more than 100 cats to homes in HPP and Mountain View. Tina and Maya are doing such an amazing job caring for them, almost completely on their own. We have had two amazing donors purchase kennels for the cats, and we have two more donation requests to go to fulfill a request of four kennels. Tina needs help caring for the cats on a daily basis -- cleaning, feeding, cuddling. Perfect for any cat lover with a few hours to spare! Ideally volunteers can commit to a regular schedule.

Volunteers: All of the area rescues are in need of more volunteers and fosters, especially now that they have more animals than they are accustomed to caring for. In addition to the organizations mentioned above, please consider volunteering at Rainbow Friends, Aloha Ilio Rescue and PAWS.

ADOPTERS AND FOSTERS!! These wonderful animals and organizations could certainly use some relief, so if you are ready to take the plunge and adopt, or even just foster for a bit, a new, comfy place for these animals who have been through so much would be a big deal.

If you have any further questions or would like more information on how you can help as we try to wrap up some of these programs and our commitments to the lava animals, feel free to contact us.
Mahalo nui, everyone!!
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Aloha! We are busy delivering large dog runs gracefully financed with your donations to a gentleman called Victor, who lost his home to the lava flow, so he can be finally re-united with his 8 dogs. We don't have any pictures yet, since we are waiting for dog houses to arrive so he can actually bring the dogs to his friend's property. We are still providing foster farms with feed and pet food and lots of fencing, and we will continue as long as we have the funds. Now, some amazing news - Koa, the lava horse that we took in to foster, who was very sick (on the brink) when he was taken out of the lava area, is doing SO much better, it is amazing. He just got boots and was brought to a new pasture - and he loves it. Thank you again for all your heartfelt contributions, the lava animals here on the Big Island say, "Mahalo"!!!
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Aloha friends! Just a quick update. We are busy helping the Hawaii Humane Society with co-coordinating volunteers to clean the countless kennels of the rescued lava cats and collecting data for rescued lava cats all over the island, one of our team members co-ordinated a successful helicopter rescue mission of a dog left behind, we are helping AAA cat Sanctuary with kennels, working on re-uniting a gentleman with his eight dogs (he needed kennels and fencing), and continue to supply pet food and feed to fosters. We take care of Koa, the Lava Horse, who does improve so much, thank goodness (more soon)! Thank you again for all your kind support and donations. Pictures soon. Mahalo!!
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Pictures from our HLFARN work day at Judith's. ✨

We are planning more workdays, finish up the dog run, and on our wish list would be to help built a little house (with a large bed to fit herself and the cats ) and a lanai for her rocking chairs and help to make it happen to reunite her with her beloved horses.

✨ If you are interested to contribute some elbow grease - please let us know!!

.✨ We need to find someone with a BUSTER and a GENERATOR to help install the rest of the fence.

✨ We need a CARPENTER or CONTRACTOR to help.

Sunday's Lunch was from the Thai stand at Maku’u farmers market. We are all about spending your donations locally whenever we can.

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Judith lives in a leaking horse trailer with the few personal belongings she managed to take with her before lava surrounded her home. All she cares about is getting her animals back with her, they are her family, her purpose in life. She’s got land, but nothing else.

Jud has the most amazing attitude and view of life. Being around her fills you with joy. ❤️
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