Pu’unene, Hi 8/26/20 – With many people out of work and finding that money is tight, some are finding it a struggle to feed and care for their pets. Maui Humane Society is launching a new community program with the goal of helping to keep people and their pets together at a time when companionship from an animal is needed more than ever.
The 4EverPets program has been developed as a response to the financial impact of COVID on local pet owners . “Since the beginning of the pandemic we’ve seen an increased demand for pet food and resources. It was clear that we needed to shift our focus to helping our community beyond the shelter”, stated Community Outreach Director Nikki Russell. “4EverPets has been actively assisting at the Waiale Park emergency shelter for COVID-related displaced families and handed out over 3000 lbs of food throughout the Island.”
The program has evolved quickly with the help of emergency COVID-relief grants from PetSmart Charities and Petco Foundation. In a tragic twist, 4EverPets Coordinator Kristen deBlasi lost 3 grandparents to COVID within ten days. Upon return from their funeral services, Kristen decided to donate funds left to her for the 4EverPets program to help other families impacted by the pandemic. In honor of her grandparents, Kristen is matching all 4EverPets donations up to $15,000. Donations can be made specifically for 4EverPets on our website, or directly through this link. Donations of food and supplies can be dropped off at Maui Humane Society with a note that indicates it’s for 4EverPets.
To sign up for 4EverPets and receive assistance, please visit the Maui Humane Society website and click on 4EverPets on the home page or call/text (808) 495-6242. “We remind people to be pono, do what is right and be conscientious about participating. Our food supply is limited and demand is great, please allow those who need it most to benefit”, added Russell.
About Maui Humane Society
Maui Humane Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, serving the community for over 60 years and is Maui’s only open admission shelter. Our mission is to protect and save the lives of Maui’s animals, accepting all in need, educating the community and inspiring respect and compassion toward all animals. The Maui Humane Society takes in more than 5,600 animals annually, and serves many times that number through community outreach programs. Equally important, through the many programs and services offered, MHS provides support for Maui’s approximately 90,000 pet owners as well as Animal Management Services for the County of Maui.