Animal Rescue Mission | August 10, 2018

The continuing slowdown of Kīlauea’s lower east rift zone eruption has given many of the displaced residents hope for moving back into their homes, but for the animals trapped in kipukas (areas surrounded by lava), life is still a daily struggle because of heat, toxic gases, and lack of food & water. So, after an aerial thermography survey found a group of cats in an area isolated by static but still hot lava flows, a feline rescue mission organized by Roxy O’Neal of the Hawai‘i Island Humane Society, brought together Paradise Helicopters and Drs. Norm and Ann Goody.  Cal Dorn, CEO of Paradise, donated the helicopter time and expenses, while the Goody’s volunteered their time for the effort.  Dr. Norm and Dr. Ann have donated thousands of pounds of feed for the animals rescued, with the help of HAKA, the Hawaii lava flow animal rescue network, and have taken in numerous foster animals.  Together, this husband and wife team, run the non-profit exotic animal sanctuary, Three Ring Ranch in Kailua Kona, and have been assisting with lava rescue efforts from the start.  What an incredible effort by everyone involved!  See the photos below.


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