HONOLULU (KHON2) - The Hawaii Island Humane Society along with the ASPCA and others have formed an animal rescue planning task force.
The group is working on ways to gain safe access to areas affected by the eruption to rescue animals and pets.
A hotline has been set up in case your pet needs to be rescued.
It will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day.
Representatives from various government agencies and animal organizations participated in a planning session with the intent to create an assessment plan, define infrastructure in place and enhance communications.
"We've made great progress. Mahalo to everyone providing valuable situational awareness and offering to help with plans and initiatives moving forward," said community meeting organizers, ASPCA Senior Director for Disaster Response Dr. Dick Green and HIHS Executive Director Donna Whitaker.
A fly over assessment of the eruption areas was conducted on June 11 while two teams completed a ground assessment of the Leilani Estates subdivision.
Given the results from the assessment, a response plan is being developed.
Gaining permission and safe access to areas affected by the eruption remains a high priority for the task force.
Firm plans and communication are now in place with the various agencies to seek permission to gain safe access to rescue animals and pets.
Hawaii Island Humane Society has rescued approximately 150+ animals with nearly all returned to owners and the remainder in foster homes.
Hawaii Island Humane Society is also exploring ways to enhance capacity at the Keaau Shelter and expanding fostering opportunities.
Disaster-related animals will be housed at the Keaau Shelter for 30 days to allow for reunification with owners.
To initiate a rescue request for your animal or pet call the Hawaii Island Humane Society at 808-498-9475.