It’s ironic how our society treats its poi dogs and popoki. On one extreme, it’s deemed entirely acceptable to allow our dogs to live their entire lives at the end of a six-foot chain. Yet with our popoki, the opposite is true: we’ve traditionally allowed them to roam our neighborhoods freely with complete disregard for their health and safety. Both of these environments negatively impact not only the quality of life of the animals, but the people living in those communities
Nelson Mandela said: “For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” A compromise to ensuring the quality of life of our pets is to provide safe, responsible confinement through fences for poi dogs and catteries for our popoki.
In addition, health care often takes a back seat to food and other necessities important to enriching the lives of our pets. Many people – especially those in vulnerable communities – are simply unable to provide preventive care for ticks, fleas, and heartworm, nor can they afford treatment for easily diagnosed conditions such as ringworm, upper respiratory infection or kennel cough.