Jul 08, 2015
Lucy Ward: A Champion of Honolulu’s Animals
The pathways once traversed by our ancestors are the same paths that we should follow toward success. Just as Victoria Ward cared for her beloved land, so to do we; following in her footsteps to preserve her unique heritage.
It doesn't take more than a quick stroll through Honolulu to understand that the Ward 'ohana has strong ties to this island. In the mid 19th century, CP Ward, a native of Kentucky, immigrated to Hawai'i and married Victoria Ward, who was born and raised in Nu'uanu and traced her lineage back to the missionaries and TK. By any definition, the Ward 'ohana was influential in shaping the city of Honolulu we've come to know and love. But in addition to the large economic and political plays the family made, there are a myriad of other contributions that resonate today. Among them is the Hawaiian Humane Society, which was championed by Lucy Ward.
"Lucy made her rounds on horseback—and later in her Model T—rescuing injured cats and dogs and checking dray animals for abuse, hauling young girls out of bars and dance halls at all hours of the day and night," wrote Engebretson. "She was a familiar sight around town—dressed in her straight-brimmed sailor hat and shirtwaist dresses, sweeping into the police station to bring charges against violators, into the grand jury room to help prosecute them, into the newspaper offices to report on some recent injustice. By her tireless efforts show won countless converts to the cause of animal and child welfare."
Although Lucy passed away in 1954 at the age of 80, the marks she made on the city, animals, and people of Honolulu were truly indelible. Nearly 100 years since she helped found the Hawaiian Humane Society, Lucy's compassion and commitment to Hawai'i's animals still resonates. Today, in addition to creating a pet-friendly environment throughout our grounds, Ward Village's support of the Hawaiian Humane Society endures as we continue to work with the organization on their Santa Paws project each holiday and support their annual Pet Walk at Magic Island every October.
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