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Contact: Jenny Miller, Maui Humane Society, 877-3680, [email protected]

Maui Humane Society Partners with the Petco Foundation to Celebrate National Foster a Pet Month in June

Local Foster Hero Recognized for Saving Animal Lives in Maui

Puunene, HI (6/10/20) – Maui Humane Society is celebrating National Foster a Pet Month with the Petco Foundation and Skechers’ charity footwear collection, BOBS from Skechers, by recognizing Local Foster Hero, Jamie-Sue West, for stepping up and saving animal lives in Maui.

Jamie-Sue West is an essential volunteer at the Maui Humane Society who has opened her home to 84 foster dogs over two years – that adds up to 1400 days of fostering as she often takes up to 8 dogs at a time. She gives love and support to all dogs – physically and behaviorally challenged dogs seeking permanent homes, puppies and even a mentally-challenged pup who she flew to Arizona for special brain tests. Jamie-Sue is such a dedicated foster hero that she recently installed commercial-grade animal shelter turf in her backyard to handle all the four-legged fun!

“Jamie-Sue by far exceeds all expectations as a foster parent with her passion and enthusiasm to help us save lives. Her dedication is remarkable and we are so grateful that she is on our team,” said Steve
MacKinnon, CEO at Maui Humane Society.

“It is an honor to recognize the Local Foster Heroes who are making a difference in their communities and demonstrating the lifesaving impact of fostering pets,” said Susanne Kogut, president of the Petco Foundation. “During the response to the COVID-19 crisis, we saw a significant spike in the number of people fostering pets. Our goal is to continue this trend, inspire more people to join the pet fostering movement and make pets sheltering in foster homes, versus animal shelters, the new normal. Because, if less than 2% of pet-owning households in the U.S. fostered one pet a year, we could eliminate unnecessary euthanasia in animal shelters tomorrow.”

National Foster a Pet Month is part of the Petco Foundation’s Pledge to Save Pet Lives which encourages animal lovers to adopt, foster, volunteer and/or donate this summer with a goal of inspiring 1.5 million pledges to match the approximate number of pets unnecessarily euthanized in shelters each year in the U.S. In addition to mobilizing the animal-loving public to help local animal welfare organizations save lives through the COVID-19 crisis, the Petco Foundation’s Pledge to Save Pet Lives included $1M in emergency product and cash donations to animal shelters. This commitment follows the Petco Foundation’s recent distribution of more than $13M to animal welfare organizations nationwide.

To learn more about Maui Humane Society and how you can help, visit For more on the Petco Foundation and to take the Pledge to Save Pet Lives, visit and join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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 offers, MHS provides support for Maui’s approximately 90,000 pet owners as well as Animal Management Services for the County of Maui.

About the Petco Foundation and BOBS from Skechers
At the Petco Foundation, we believe that every animal deserves to live its best life. Since 1999, we’ve invested more than $280 million in lifesaving work to make that happen. With our more than 4,000 animal welfare partners, we inspire and empower communities to make a difference by investing in adoption and medical care programs, spay and neuter services, pet cancer research, service and therapy animals, and numerous other lifesaving initiatives. Through our Think Adoption First program, we partner with Petco stores and animal welfare organizations across the country to increase pet adoption. So far, we’ve helped more than 6.5 million pets find their new loving families, and we’re just getting started. Visit to learn more about how you can get involved. BOBS from Skechers’ charitable collection of footwear, apparel and accessories have improved animals’ lives. Over the past three years, Skechers has contributed more than $5.45 million to help more than one million shelter pets, including saving more than 661,000 rescued pets in the United States. To learn more about BOBS from Skechers’ commitment to making a difference and its partnership with the Petco Foundation, visit and follow the brand on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.