“Scout! Here Scout! Come
The student was roaming through the halls of his dormitory in
the middle of the night, calling the dog he had left at home
when school started. He was sound asleep and seriously disturbing
Dr. Larry LeDoux, chair of journalism at HPU, tells this story
about when he first moved away from home to attend school.
He said his roommates couldn’t wake him, but eventually
he would crawl back into bed. Not always his own, a fact that
seriously distressed school administrators.
I didn’t even know I’d been doing it,” LeDoux
recalls, “until the end of my freshman year. The school’s
headmaster drove me home for summer vacation, and as I was getting
out of the car, he said: ‘When you come back in the fall,
leave your dog at home.’
My parents had to explain it to me,” LeDoux said. “Apparently
I had been subconsciously missing my dog all year.”
The feelings of distress caused by an absent pet can cause all
kinds of strange behavior, including sleeplessness and depression.
Tghuis can e a problem for many students at HPU who live in residences
halls or apartments that prohibit pets of any kind. It can be
difficult for animal lovers too, not have a pet nearby, especially
if they feel a void because their pets were left thousands of
miles away at home. Whatever their situation, students without
pets might find volunteering for the Hawaiian Humane Society,
and having an opportunity to interact with animals of all kinds,
an emotionally satisfying experience.
President George W. Bush has called on Americans to volunteer
at least 4,000 hours during their lifetimes as a part of a “new
culture of responsibility.” According to the Humane Society
United States (HSUS), spending time with animals is a great
way to participate in the new culture of responsibility.
The HSUS estimates that animal shelters care for nearly eight
million dogs and cats every year in the United States. Almost
four million of these animals are euthanized because no one adopts
them. Volunteers can help increase the chances an animal will
be adopted. The care they provide, and the opportunities for
socialization with caring humans, enables the animals to adapt
to families that want to adopt.
So, in addition to the satisfaction of nursing a kitten back
to health, or giving a dog a long enjoyable walk, volunteering
at the Honolulu compound of the Humane Society makes students
part of the solution in aiding millions of homeless and needy
There is a wide range of different jobs for volunteers. “I
can’t stress enough how vital our volunteers are to the
organization,” said Alicia Maluafiti, Hawaiian Humane Society
director of communications, “Without them we wouldn’t
be able to operate,” she added.
Mainland and international students at HPU can also benefit
by volunteering because they will meet new people and gain
working with members of Hawai‘i’s community.
Maluafiti believes benefits for student volunteers range from
helping an animal to meeting new people. “A student volunteer
needs to love people and animals. They need to help people understand
why it’s good to adopt,” said Maluafiti.
The Humane Society makes it easy for students to volunteer,
because it can accommodate flexible schedules. “We really need
students to fill our Monday through Friday morning and evening
positions,” Maluafiti said.
Students can gain work skills and experience that they can put
on their resume,” Maluafiti said, herself an HPU graduate
with an M.A. in communication. She added that this kind of item “illustrates
their commitment and shows a lot about their character.”
Volunteering at the Humane Society not only helps animals in
need, but also gives volunteers, “a chance to practice
their communication skills,” said Maluafiti. Students
can sharpen their language skills, get a better understanding
the culture, and make new friends, she added.
We train all our volunteers, and need them to be willing to commit,” said
Maluafiti. “We encourage college students who have the
time and flexibility in their schedules to visit the Humane
Society or browse the Web site online at www.hawaiianhumane.org.
“There are not enough homes to house all these innocent animals,” said
Maluafiti. “Joining the team at the Hawaiian Humane Society will ensure
that animals in the community will continue to be cared for and given another
chance at adoption.”
Humane Society volunteers must:
· Make a six-month commitment
· Work one three-hour scheduled shift per week
· Attend Volunteer Information Sessions as
Hawaiian Humane Society
2700 Waialae Avenue
Honolulu, Hi 96826