Vet Visits Molokai Humane Society

Dr. Tina Gaines provides care for the island’s animals. 

Dr. Tina Gaines, visiting veterinarian at the Molokai Humane Society until Sept. 12

By Catherine Cluett

Dr. Tina Gaines is a visiting veterinarian on Molokai until Sept. 12. Gaines says she has been performing mostly spaying and neutering operations on cats and dogs on Molokai, but is ready to perform any services necessary.

Gaines graduated from Ross University in St. Kitts in the Caribbean. She has worked previously on two other Hawaiian islands, completing her residency training there. When she’s not working as a visiting vet, Gaines specializes in ultra sound, and is currently based in New York. She says her previous experience working on islands has prepared her well for working on Molokai.

Gaines would like to stress the importance of bringing in cats and dogs for regular vaccinations to fight diseases common on Molokai, as well as spaying and neutering animals of all ages.

The Molokai Humane Society is located on Kamehameha V Highway near the airport. Gaines expects to have walk-in hours Mondays and Wednesdays from 2 to 4 p.m. until her departure on Sept. 12.

The exam cost for walk-in patients is $30 (cash only) with other fees set by the veterinarian. Appointments can be made by calling the Molokai Humane Society clinic at 558-0000.

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