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Whitaker takes reins at Humane Society


The Hawaii Island Humane Society has selected Donna J. Whitaker as its new executive director effective immediately.

Donna Whitaker, HIHS executive director

Donna Whitaker, HIHS executive director

Whitaker will be responsible for overall operations at the Waimea, Keaau and Kona shelters operated by HIHS. In addition to staff and volunteer development, Whitaker is responsible for fulfillment of HIHS’s animal-related contract with the county. 

She also will work closely with the Hawaii Island Humane Society’s board of directors on development of new initiatives to further the society’s mission and goals.

“We are excited to welcome Donna to the dynamic team of the Hawaii Island Humane Society,” said HIHS board president Susy Ruddle. “Donna’s organizational and customer service skills along with her concern for the animals in our communities made her an ideal candidate for this challenging position.”

Whitaker has more than 15 years of experience with veterinarian services on the island having most recently been office manager at Alii Veterinary Hospital. She holds a degree in business administration from the University of Hawaii at Hilo.

The mission of the Hawaii Island Humane Society is to promote respect for all animals, prevent cruelty to animals, eliminate pet overpopulation, and enhance the relationship between humans and animals. HIHS holds a contract with the County of Hawaii to enforce certain animal-related laws and it offers 24-hour service for injured animals and other animal emergencies, humane education classes, low-cost spay and neuter services, lost and found assistance, microchipping and more. 

— Find out more:
Hawaii Island Humane Society:, 329-1175

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