Who We Are

Celebrating more than 18 years of service to South Pacific animals

The EHF was founded in 1994 by Cathy Sue Ragan-Anunsen after a Rarotonga holiday and an inspirational meeting with an island dog called Honey.

The Esther Honey Foundation Animal Clinic was established in 1995, named in honour of Ragan-Anunsen’s grandmother Esther, and the golden dog Honey. Working in concert with local officials, businesses and community members during the past 18 years, EHF now treats over 3,000 patients annually.

Board Members:

  • CEO and Board President: Ms. Ragan-Anunsen
  • Barry Nicholls DVM
  • Byron Maas DVM
  • Kim Erbes DVM
  • Susan Ponder CPA

Esther Honey Foundation Animal Clinic

  • Clinic Director: Gregg Young
  • Practice Manager: Carl Harnett
Barry Nicholls in surgery

Barry Nicholls in surgery


Our Achievements

The EHF established and operates the only veterinary clinic for the entire Cook Islands. In 18 years we have:

  • Treated over 34,000 animals including dogs, cats, goats, pigs, horses and wildlife.
  • Sterilised (desexed) over 13,250 animals: achieving our target of a more than 70% sterilisation rate in the Rarotongan and Mangaia dog population.
  • Decreased the number of dogs on Rarotonga from 6,000 to 1,666 with more than 70% of that number spayed or neutered and 96.53% in good health.
  • Conducted 109 EHF VET TREKS® to remote outer islands: treating over 3,700 animals who would otherwise lack veterinary care.
  • Recruited over 300 veterinarian volunteers and hundreds of veterinary professionals from around the globe: including the Americas, Australasia, Europe and Africa.

Our Funding

All of our veterinary services are provided at no charge. The EHF relies upon donations for funding – from client contributions, the business community and animal lovers world-wide.

In 2011 EHF purchased, solicited and facilitated the transport of over $93,000 in veterinary supplies to the EHF Animal Clinic.

97% of EHF’s expenditures go directly to providing animal services.

The difference that the Esther Honey Foundation makes for animals and their communities can be permanent. Our mission is to deliver a scientifically-proven, permanent and compassionate solution to the over-population of South Pacific Island dogs and cats by offering affordable, high-quality veterinary services with an emphasis on spay/neuter and humane education.

The Esther Honey Foundation improves the health conditions and quality of life for these animals and their communities by developing the programs, raising the funds, providing the drugs, supplies, equipment and recruiting the volunteers necessary to fulfill the foundation’s mission.

Wherever EHF provides service, all animals, whether homeless or with guardians, receive comparable care and no healthy animal is euthanized.