Bringing the joy of pets to senior health care – Honolulu, Hawaii

Honolulu, Hawaii 2022-05-20 05:12:33 –

Honolulu (KHON2) — Dog owners say four-legged friends bring happiness to their lives. Even if you spend a little time with them. That’s why the Hawaiian Humane Society continues to spread joy to those in need.

Residents of The Plaza at Waikiki are patiently waiting for special guests. It’s a visitor who isn’t even human.

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Meet 6-year-old Kaia, a Goldendoodle who is part of the Hawaiian Humane Society’s Joy Ambassador Program.

“We have animals that come out of the community and certain hospitals. They meet patients and the people who live there and give them that friendship. You see that absolute joy. “” Said Thomas Hans of the Hawaiian Humane Society.

The program started a few years ago after the Humane Society recognized the need for this type of dating. Currently, there are 20 ambassadors of joy like Kaia.

“We really believe in the power of the bond between humans and animals, which can cure so many illnesses,” Hans said.

“I thought it was one of the most beautiful and well-trained dogs I’ve ever been able to spend a few minutes with,” said resident Judy Marlane.

“She’s so smart that she doesn’t have to say anything,” said Florence Hanzawa.

Kaia owner Christine Suehiro said, “Looking at how happy people are, it’s just one of the most rewarding things I’ve seen.”

Suehiro said the four-legged family seems to know who needs how much TLC.

“Sometimes I try to pull her away, but she doesn’t move until you tell her to go,” Suehiro said.

If Kaia is intuitive, she can probably go back to her and feel love and gratitude being sent.

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“I feel that taking the dog to Waikiki Plaza adds a new level of comfort to all of us,” said resident Ted Chin.

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