Humane Society’s fostering, adoption demands high amid outbreak

Bella, a young, mixed-breed dog, is waiting for an adopter or foster to adopt at the Hawaii Island Humane Society Kona shelter. (Alyssa Tabert/Hawaii Island Humane Society)

Hawaii Island Humane Society community programs director Lauren Nickerson delivers a foster kitten to a foster home. (Hawaii Island Humane Society/Courtesy Photo)

Adoptable dog Jimmy heading home with his new foster mom from the Hawaii Island Humane Society. (Hawaii Island Humane Society/Courtesy Photo)

Hawaii Island Humane Society animal care technician Brendan Souza carries Brax to meet his new foster mom in the parking lot. HIHS is doing drive-up pickups for fosters and adopters to promote social distancing. (Lauren Nickerson/Hawaii Island Humane Society)

The Hawaii Island Humane Society animal shelters are closed on the Big Island, but adoption and fostering demands remain high during the COVID-19 outbreak.