Dogs and cats have been bred to be good companions. Living with a zebra isn’t quite so easy, nor a cheetah—once it grows past that cute, cuddly kitten stage … The exotic animal trade is rampant, even here in Hawaiʻi. And when pets become too large, or too unmanageable, their owners are often desperate to give them away.
If you know of an exotic animal living illegally in the islands, Three Ring Ranch in Kona (Big Island) is a no-questions-asked amnesty center—you can drop off the animal anonymously, and the ranch will find it a good home, or adopt it into their animal enrichment program.
Phone: (808) 331-8778
Three Ring Ranch is a nonprofit, fully accredited, entirely volunteer-run wildlife sanctuary dedicated to animal care and education. Visit their website to learn more about their programs, and how you can get involved: www.threeringranch.org