HIHS receives $1.5 million grant for new animal hospital: Big Island Now

The Hawai’i Island Humane Society has received a $1.5 million grant from the Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation to support final renovations to the Anne Barasch Ryan Animal Hospital in Holualoa.

The grant will also name the Bob & Renee Parsons Home Center as part of the organization’s sprawling animal community center, HIHS said in a press release on Monday, August 1.

The Animal Community Center is a 12-acre campus designed to house animals in modern, humane-free housing and to provide the community on the island of Hawaii with a variety of low-cost pet services. The center includes two dog parks for public use and a visitor centre.


Recently named The Bob & Renee Parsons Welcome Center, the facility houses a pet assistance service, retail store and administration building. The center also includes Adoption Square, which includes a fenced-in yard for pets to play outside, Scruffee’s Cat Barn, and three dog rooms. The ultimate vision of the HIHS Animal Community Center is to provide a humane facility for animals while ensuring that pet owners and community members feel welcome.

“Renee and I believe in providing critical funding at critical times,” said PXG Founder and CEO Bob Parsons. “With the addition of the new Anne Barasch Ryan Animal Hospital, the Hawai’i Island Humane Society will not only provide critical care for abused and neglected animals, but will also expand its services to care for pets nationwide. the community.”

A big part of that care includes veterinary services for shelter animals and local pet owners. The Anne Barasch Ryan Animal Hospital will allow HIHS to increase its ability to provide free and low-cost veterinary care services to the community. The 13,000 square foot facility, which is expected to be completed by late 2022 or early 2023, will include a veterinary hospital and an admissions wing. The hospital will include three surgical suites and diagnostic equipment including ultrasound and X-ray machines, isolation units for pets with infectious diseases, an intensive care unit for pets in the recovery and examination rooms. The Admissions Wing will provide temporary housing for adult dogs, puppies, adult cats, and kittens that have been abandoned by their owners, found stray, or transferred from other organizations.


“A special mahalo to the Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation for this incredible donation to support the completion of the Anne Barasch Ryan Animal Hospital,” said Lauren Nickerson, CEO of the Hawai’i Island Humane Society. “While this donation helps complete a physical structure, the community good that this donation provides is just as important. Most importantly, the Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation helps provide the care needed to improve the lives of animals.

Benjamin M. Yerger