Service open to help military families adjust animals to Hawaii

| January 13, 2012 | 0 Comments
Animals, such as the working dog seen here, add to the morale of military families and operations. Service members and families need to take personal responsibilty in the care and conduct of their pets. Review the policies at garrison.hawaii.army.mil/command/documents.htm. (Spc. Marcus Fichtl | 8th MP Bde., 8th TSC)

Animals, such as the working dog seen here, add to the morale of military families and operations. Service members and families need to take personal responsibilty in the care and conduct of their pets. Review the policies at garrison.hawaii.army.mil/command/documents.htm. (Spc. Marcus Fichtl | 8th MP Bde., 8th TSC)

Hawaii Military Pets
News Release

HONOLULU — Service members living in Hawaii now have a new resource for military pet information, celebrating the bond between pet owners and their animals.

Hawaii Military Pets, or HMP, established last August, is a one-stop resource for all military pet information on Oahu.

On the HMP blog and Facebook page, readers can learn about pet transport and base housing pet policies such as breed bans, veterinarian services, boarding facilities and more.

“I started this resource because I saw a need for information in my own Navy housing community when it came to pets,” said Navy Lt. Theresa Donnelly, HMP owner and an active duty service member stationed at U.S. Pacific Command. “I wanted to take what I learned helping to run a boxer dog club and share that information with the Hawaii military pet community.”

The Facebook page tackles tough issues for military families, such as what to do with a pet if a service member deploys, what the steps are to transition duty assignments with an animal and what are the best places to obtain a pet, whether that be from a shelter or a breeding home.

“Having volunteered with a number of animal shelters that receive so many abandoned or relinquished military animals, I wanted to create a place where we could have discussions on the importance of lifetime pet ownership,” said Donnelly. “So many people don’t understand how to travel with pets or where to go for certain services. This resource was designed to help answer many of these questions.”

This year, HMP will be expanding its efforts with a series of educational seminars on pet care, moving with a pet, Hawaii animal laws and basic dog training. For more information, visit www.hawaiimilitarypets.com or look under Hawaii Military Pets on Facebook.

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