The Maui Humane Society, which is based on the Hawaiian island of the same name, announced on March 19, that a private charitable organization called the Dave & Cheryl Duffield Foundation had awarded it a grant for $1 million dollars.
The Society also announced the projects they plan to spend that money on over the next four years. Some of those projects include refurbishing cat housing, buying new equipment and a new transport vehicle for their Spay & Neuter clinic, fully funding a transfer program called the Wings of Aloha, providing Human Alliance training, and hiring a new full-time Cat Program Coordinator.
The Maui Humane Society provides support for about 90,000 pet owners on Maui, and they take in over 6,000 animals per year. It was established in 1953 and runs the only open admission shelter on Maui. That means it will accept any animal, regardless of breed, age, health, or behavior. While MHS works mainly with dogs and cats, it will take other animals, including birds, rabbits, and guinea pigs. MHS also has the largest spay and neuter program in the county and is also the only provider of education programs for pet owners. MHS spays and neuters all cats, dogs, and rabbits before adopting them out.
Wings of Aloha is a new program that flies pets to shelters in the western United States that have both more space and a larger pool of potential adopters. They send approximately 50 animals every month, most of which are cats and dogs that have been at the shelter for a long time.
The Dave & Cheryl Duffield Foundation is based in Lake Tahoe, Nevada. Its founders have long supported causes that benefit companion animals. They established another animal welfare foundation called Maddie’s Fund that they had named after a beloved dog.