Pu’unene, HI (6/29/22): Maui Humane Society has been awarded new funding to implement community-focused programs and services made possible by the generosity of the Dave & Cheryl Duffield Foundation, a private charitable foundation based in Incline Village, Nevada. $1,782,519 will be distributed over a three year term with the intent to increase life saving efforts and expand resources beyond the shelter to reach at-risk pets throughout the island. Funding highlights include the purchase of a specialized truck and trailer to provide veterinary community outreach, hiring an additional veterinarian and support team, an expanded Foster department, an educational Humane Enforcement Resource Officer, expanded Wings of Aloha program to support inter-island transfers and further development of pet owner resources to help keep animals in their homes.
“We are extremely grateful for the continued support from the Dave and Cheryl Duffield Foundation which has been paramount to the shelter’s increase in lifesaving efforts over the last few years. The foundation’s support has allowed us to develop robust transfer, foster and community cat programs resulting in thousands of new beginnings for Maui’s homeless animals. As we become more community-centric and focused on preventing pets from being surrendered, these funds allow us to increase services within the community to help keep pets in homes, provide access to care and bring our resources to underserved parts of the island,” stated CEO Steve MacKinnon.
“Maui Humane Society is an organization that is close to the hearts of our family and plays a vital role in the Maui community,” said Dave and Cheryl Duffield. “We very much enjoy helping Maui Humane Society implement more community-based programs and services to help both the people and companion animals of Maui.”
During the pandemic, the need for critical human and animal community services became apparent as staff frequently encountered pet owners facing their own challenges of homelessness, financial loss, limited pet-friendly housing and costly veterinary bills. The development of a pet food and supply pantry, 4EverPets, was established. The Dave and Cheryl Duffield Foundation grant will grow this program beyond the shelter, mobilizing veterinary and educational services in the community to reach the pets and people who need it most while increasing the capacity for lifesaving results of shelter dogs and cats.
For more information on the impact of the grant, please visit www.mauihumanesociety.org/dave-and-cheryl-duffield-foundation
About the Dave & Cheryl Duffield Foundation:
The Dave & Cheryl Duffield Foundation is a private charitable foundation based in Incline Village, Nevada. The Duffields are the founders of Maddie’s Fund, a leading animal welfare foundation dedicated to revolutionizing the status and well-being of companion animals. While the Duffields are long-time benefactors of companion animal causes, the Foundation also allows them to focus their philanthropic efforts in other areas that they are passionate about including supporting military veterans and giving back to their local community.
About Maui Humane Society:
Maui Humane Society is the island’s only open admission shelter, accepting all animals in need. The organization cares for over 4400 animals a year and offers high volume, low-cost spay/neuter surgeries to the public for owned pets. The shelter has a robust foster and volunteer program, transfers hundreds of animals through Wings of Aloha flights to adoption-guaranteed homes, practices TNR as a humane method of reducing the community cat population and provides food and supplies at no cost to disadvantaged pet owners through the 4EverPets community outreach program. Visit www.mauihumanesociety.org for more information.