The Lava is Coming! Animal Evacuation Plans Needed

photos by Syd Singer
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photos by Syd Singer
photos by Syd Singer

The district of Puna is on alert! The June 27 lava flow poses a threat to farms and homes in the Puna area near Pahoa. Since this flow is heading towards an agricultural area, it also threatens farm animals such as chickens, ducks, sheep, goats, horses, pigs, in addition to dogs and cats.

All these animals would need to be evacuated in the event of an approaching lava flow.


Finding accommodations for displaced animals could become a major challenge.

H.E.L.P. Puna is providing a free online service, at, for residents who need to find places to protect their animals, connecting them with others who wish to offer their properties as temporary homes.

H.E.L.P. stands for Hawaii Evacuation of Livestock and Pets. It is a program of the Good Shepherd Foundation, a nonprofit organization with an animal sanctuary near the lava flow.

Everyone is encouraged to offer their property as a haven from the lava flow for any livestock and pets they can accommodate. Those offering their places as refuges can do so for free or for a fee. It is between the parties to decide all financial issues and ensure there is a good fit.

We also invite those with animal trailers to offer their services on this website.

Go to and please share this with friends and neighbors. Mahalo.