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Hawaii Island Humane Society: Disaster Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The grant money was used to pay for vaccines, medicine, pet food, sulfur-dioxide filters, equipment for field officers, and helicopter rental.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

This grant allowed us to vaccinate and treat pets who were at the pet-friendly evacuation shelter. Many pets were not up-to-date on their vaccines or were ill. We also used the funds to purchase pet food that we could leave for animals we were trying to rescue and to leave in traps. Almost every day, our staff and volunteers are going into the lava-flow zone to trap and rescue all types of animals. Many are needing to be airlifted by helicopter from the “lava-locked” areas. Our staff and volunteers were also able to receive needed supplies such as SO2 (sulfur dioxide) filters, walkie talkies, kennels and cell phones.

How many pets did this grant help?

367 and counting

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

A dog named Bear (first photo) and his owner were separated moments before they were going to be rescued via helicopter. After numerous flyovers and subsequent searches, Bear could not be found. After several weeks, some volunteers hiked into the lava-flow zone and found him! He was much leaner, but in good spirits and happy to have some company after so many weeks. Fortunately, the rescuers were able to get a call through to us and we were able to pick him up (second photo).

We had been in this area a few days prior to do an assessment and had spotted some cats and a duck. Over the weekend, we received requests for chickens and ducks, so we brought in quite a load of traps, carriers, and food. Approximately three miles of the highway was trapped between two lava fields and both ends had fairly high sulfur-dioxide readings, so we try to get in and out of those areas quickly.

At the end of the day, Bear was joined by three chickens (third photo), three ducks, one adult domestic cat and a weeks-old kitten.

Hawaii Island Humane Society: Purina New Year, New Home Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The funds from this grant were used to offer fee-reduced pet adoptions.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

Offering reduced adoption fees through adoption specials helped us advertise our available animals in fun ways, promote adoption and help animals find their forever homes.

How many pets did this grant help?

241

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

We had three dogs at our Kona shelter, Paisley, Proctor and J.B., who had been patiently waiting for their new homes for months. One was very shy, one was a big goof, and the third was a senior. Thanks to the Petfinder Foundation grant, we were able to advertise these dogs (and all the other adoptable animals) and promote their half-off adoption fees. On the same day, Saturday April 28, ALL THREE were adopted into loving homes! It was such great news. Happy dogs, happy families and super happy staff!

Hawaii Island Humane Society: KONG Toy Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The KONG toys are being used as an enrichment activity for our shelter dogs. We hand out towels and toys every morning for the dogs to keep them entertained and to alleviate stress.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

Our shelter relies on volunteers to help provide stimulation and activity for the animals. However, volunteers are not always at our shelter, so we find other ways to provide this enrichment. We play calming music, provide a clean towel, give treats and hand out KONG toys.

How many pets did this grant help?

This particular grant was distrubited to our Kona shelter and on any given day can provide enrichment for 20-40 dogs.

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Gremlin knows that before he can get his KONG toy, he must sit. As soon as he sees the animal care technician with the basket of KONG toys in his hand, he sits! His whole body is wiggly as he excitedly wags his tail waiting for his toy. Gremlin’s favorite part of the day is getting his KONG toy to play with — especially if it has treats inside! Gremlin was just selected to be transferred to our mainland transfer partner shelter, Kitsap Humane Society, in hopes of finding his forever home. Whoever adopts Gremlin will have a handsome, obedient and silly new best friend!

Pictured is Mayweather: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/36514470

Hawaii Island Humane Society: Rescue U Renovation Grant Report

What was the money or product used for?

The money we received from the Petfinder Foundation Rescue U renovation grant was used to convert a storage closest into a kitten nursery. We were able to repair and paint the walls and install carpet, curtains and a glass door. We also purchased and installed a window air conditioning unit, two kennels, decorations, a chair, had a table/shelf built and ordered various supplies such as bottles, formula and toys.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

This grant helped our organization and the pets in our care in two ways. First, it has started to increase awareness and interest in our foster program. Through having a special area for adorable kittens (and puppies), we have received additional inquires into our foster program. When we are able to send animals out to foster, which is not only beneficial to that animal, but it frees up space at the shelter. Second, the kitten nursery has added to our kennel space at the shelter, allowing us to care for additional animals — especially underweight kittens/puppies and nursing mothers. We are very grateful for the Rescue U renovation grant from the Petfinder Foundation and look forward to helping many more animals and recruiting additional fosters.

How many pets did this grant help?

So far this grant has helped two kittens, but we have only recently completed the room. We expect this room will help hundreds of animals!

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

We received two very cute orange kittens (pictured with an older buddy) who were too young to be adopted and needed to be fostered. After only one day in our kitten nursery, a couple spotted them and asked why they were in a “special room.” We explained the situation and they signed up to be a foster and took the kittens home that day! Pumpkin and Peaches are currently in foster getting socialized with humans, another cat and two dogs. We think the couple may even end up adopting them!