The Little Fire Ant infestation on Hawai‘i Island may be hurting dogs and cats.  Reports say that bites from the ants may be causing a clouding of the eyes of pets, sometimes leading to partial blindness.  Animal advocates say the condition is called tropical keratopathy and is found in tropical and semi-tropical places, especially where there are Little Fire Ants.  While the link has not been proven, advocates say more research is needed.

Noe Tanigawa
Noe Tanigawa


   The Hawai‘i Pet Fair started small, as the ‘Ewa Bird Fair, but people wanted to bring their other pets, then the moms made crafts to sell, then people wanted to stay all day and eat.  So this Saturday, it’s food, crafts, entertainment, and all kinds of animals in a day of family fun at ‘Ewa Elementary.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

Cameron Datanagan’s motto for the Hawai‘i Pet Show:  Getting kids off their computers and into the yard with pets.

Hawai‘i Pet Show, ‘Ewa Bird Show and ‘Ewa Craft Fair

December 12, 10am to 2pm

When preparing for Hurricane Iselle and Tropical storm Julio the Hawaiian Humane Society reminds you to remember your pets.

The society is reminding people with pets to prepare an emergency plan and kit that includes their animals.  Pet food, medications, leashes and extra water are recommended. The group also recommends keeping a current photo of your pet as well as microchip identification on hand, should you become separated from your companion.  Inga Gibson is with the Humane Society of the United States (Hawaii Office).

Pet Deposit Bill Passed by Legislature

May 14, 2013
Wayne Yoshioka
Wayne Yoshioka

The legislature passed a bill last month to provide landlords with more options for renting to people with pets. The measure was a joint effort by animal protection advocates and property rental agents. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.