Shut Down Shelter Accused of Letting Animals Languish in Sickness and Abuse

Target: Michelle Cooley, Founder and President of Kaaawa K9 Rescue

Goal: Ensure health and safety of rescue animals at seemingly neglectful facility.

Five dogs allegedly had to be saved from a “rescue” facility in Hawaii. The Hawaii Humane Society took custody of the dogs from Kaaawa K9 Rescue after abuse allegations were made online and to local authorities about the organization. The accusations stated that animals were in poor health and possibly being neglected.

The owner of Kaaawa K9 Rescue claims the issues are due to a landlord dispute and a recent alleged arson on the property. While the local humane society found no outright evidence of abuse, the fact that they felt compelled to remove nearly half a dozen animals from a property charged with the care of these animals is disturbing. Even the owner herself reportedly admits difficulty in keeping up with care of these animals.

Sign the petition below to urge closure of an aid facility that has seemingly become a danger itself.


Dear Ms. Cooley,

No matter the source of your recent troubles with Kaaawa K9 Rescue, you have reportedly admitted that these issues are impeding your ability to care for at-risk animals. The mission of a rescue organization should always put the vulnerable living beings under its care first. Please honor this mission.

Close Kaawa until this organization can live up to its billing.


[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Helena Lopes

One Comment

  1. This isn’t a shelter but a death trap. Amazing how shelters can call themselves shelters but only do harm and cause illness and death to dogs. Have we no laws? Have we no inspections? IUIs this not a local shelter? Who ever is responsible for this horrible place must be held accountable and the place closed permanently. The owners need to face the law and the law must be extreme! Licenses must be revoked and forever removed. No reopening for this group. Fines must be high in hope of helping pay for the medical costs of the dogs saved. Also each dog lost was a living being. There needs ti be a price for each dog lost to go to shelters who really do care and are responsible! This must be a felony, right? Prison is also in the cards for such callous people.

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