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Dogs, cats seek loving owners

<p>This cute, wire-haired terrier mix dog is ready to go home with a new “forever family.” He’s being cared for at Tasha Ohana Animal Sanctuary in mauka Hilo.</p>

At Tasha Ohana Animal Sanctuary in mauka Hilo, there’s a cute, wire-haired terrier mix dog ready to go home with a new “forever family.” And there are cats and kittens, dogs of all shapes and sizes and personalities — all waiting to be adopted.

The nonprofit shelter is home to more than 70 dogs, 200 cats and six trained pigs. Founded in 2002 by Laurie Lannan and her mother, the late Amy Lannan, it operates on donations from the community and its founders.

“The animals come to the sanctuary when no other options are available except euthanasia,” said a sanctuary volunteer. “Big Island residents bring animals to the shelter because they know that Tasha Ohana will provide a safe and healthy environment on more than 13 acres of land for the animals to live their lives.”

“When possible, adoption homes are found, but if not, no animal is put down unless it is sick or has a poor quality of life,” said Laurie Lannan, who operates the shelter pretty much by herself with a few volunteers who share the same beliefs.

Tasha Ohana is always in need of donations for food, vet bills and supplies.

Donations are tax-deductible. To visit the sanctuary to meet a dog or cat, call 959-4534. Email PayPal donations to: or send checks to: Tasha Ohana, 374 Alaloa Road, Hilo, HI 96720.

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