Investigations, Rescues & Laws

Hawaiian Humane’s investigators investigate tips of potential animal cruelty and abuse. 

Our officers specialize in animal law enforcement and criminal justice. We are the only authority outside of HPD that can rescue animals and investigate cruelty on behalf of the City & County of Honolulu. We walk a fine line between education, advocacy, and enforcement, using an outreach-based approach for animal welfare. Often, we find that where the laws fall short, our influence as advisors and partners with pet owners, yields positive results.

Call our Humane Investigators at 808-356-2250:

  • Daily Hours of Operation: 7 am – 7 pm
  • For after-hours animal emergencies, please call 808-356-2250 for assistance.

If you witness an incident in real-time that poses an immediate threat to public safety or an animal, please call 911 for assistance. For any non-emergency concerns, such as encountering a loose dog in your neighborhood that is non aggressive and poses no threat, or to file a report, please contact our Field Services Dispatch at (808) 356-2250.

The Hawaiian Humane Society enforces laws for these animal-related issues:

  • Animal cruelty
  • Pet identification/microchip
  • Dangerous dogs
  • Leash or stray violations 
  • Animal abandonment

Fees for pick-up services by Hawaiian Humane officers: 

  • Stray dogs (if contained)
  • Injured/sick domesticated-companion animal pick-up: No Fee
  • Owned animal pick-up: $35 Owner Surrender Fee + $100 Pick-Up Fee if you are unable to bring your pet in.
  • Owner Requested Euthanasia: Communal or Private Cremation Fee – Currently by appointment only through Admissions.