Thomas Hanns and Anne Mukai from the Hawaiian Humane Society joined John Veneri with some important tips for first time pet owners. It’s very important for a family to prepare themselves for the new addition, and it’s equally important for parents to teach kids the proper way of handling a new pet that enters the household.

If you’d like information on adoption for a new pet and learn some tips on what to expect when bringing a new pet into the home, contact the folks at and on social media @hawaiianhumane.

And remember, understanding your child’s changing growth and development is important and the Hawaii State Department of Health can help. To learn more about that visit for the milestone moments booklet and tracker app.