Ka­neohe’s Dual-role Dog Care

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Hale Kipa to gen­er­ate in­come to sup­port it­self.

“We’re largely funded by gov­ern­ment con­tracts, specif­i­cally state con­tracts,” she said, “and that’s re­ally a mixed bag. So we were look­ing for a self- sus­tain­ing busi­ness model.”

Paws for a Cause was born with fund­ing help from the Hauoli Mau Loa and HMSA foun­da­tions, and it wel­comed its first three dogs Feb. 16 to the Ka­neohe fa­cil­ity. The pro­gram, which has ded­i­cated staff and a cer­ti­fied dog trainer, will even­tu­ally be able to han­dle as many as 25 dogs, depend­ing on their size.

But it’s not just a place for dogs to play around, Evensen said. “It is not 12 hours of off-leash play. That usu­ally gets bor­ing for dogs. They’re not go­ing to be men­tally and phys­i­cally stim­u­lated as much. We call this a dog­gie day­care and school be­cause there is some train­ing.”

She listed crate train­ing, nose work and potty train­ing as ex­am­ples, as well as walk­ing, one-on-one hu­man time, and more.

Hale Kipa’s hu­man charges won’t work di­rectly at Paws for a Cause un­til April, but the fu­ture youth staffers will un­dergo a 12- week An­i­malAs­sisted Health and Heal­ing cur­ricu­lum crafted with help from Cham­i­nade Uni­ver­sity’s Ge­nie Joseph. They will train in the class­room and work on the floor to learn dif­fer­ent job skills, in­clud­ing cus­tomer ser­vice, con­flict res­o­lu­tion and in­ven­tory man­age­ment.

Paws for a Cause is open to the public from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. week­days at 46-178 Kahuhipa St., across from Wind­ward Dodge. Cus­tomer rates are $18 for a half-day and $32 for the full day. Dogs must un­dergo an ini­tial as­sess­ment be­fore be­ing ac­cepted. For an ap­point­ment, call 2350005, or visit pawsfora­cause.halekipa.org.

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