Hawaiian dog Bones makes Little Rhody his home


    This week’s newshound, Bones, was rescued on the Big Island of Hawaii by North Smithfield native Jackie Flaherty.  

    “I was working at the animal shelter when he was brought in,” Flaherty told NRI NOW. “He was neglected, malnourished, had mange and was very timid.”

    Flaherty nursed the dog – named for his poor initial condition of just, “skin and bones” – back to health and decided to foster him in her home. After three months, she officially adopted him on National Pet Day.

    When she moved back to the Ocean State from Hawaii in August of 2021, Bones flew home with her.

    “He did great on the flight and has adjusted well to life in New England,” she said. “He is such a loving and loyal companion who loves attention. He gets along with everyone, even my mom’s two cats.” 

    Bones is the second rescue dog Flaherty has flown from Hawaii to Rhode Island. In 2019, she helped her sister adopt a puppy from the Hawaii Humane Society. 

    “There are so many dogs and cats overflowing the shelters in Hawaii,” Flaherty said, noting that at around $100, including all shots, and spaying or neutering, the adoption fees there are very inexpensive. Flying pets from Hawaii to the mainland typically costs from $70 to $100, depending on their size and weight. 

    “If you’re ever in Hawaii and looking to adopt, consider checking out their shelters,” Flaherty said.

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