For Immediate Release
Maui Humane Society RECEIVES $40,000 GRANT FROM PETSMART CHARITIES® TO HELP KEEP PETS AND PEOPLE TOGETHER
August 28, 2020 — Pu’unene, Hawaii – Maui Humane Society received a $40,000 grant from PetSmart Charities to help keep more pets in loving homes and out of shelters on Maui.
As the face of family changes over the years, what remains constant is the role pets play in our lives. Many people consider pets family members and it can be challenging to find resources when facing life changes and issues such as homelessness, lack of pet-friendly housing, military deployment or fleeing domestic violence in search of a safe-haven. Pet parents in these and other at-risk situations often determine they have no options beyond surrendering their beloved pet to a local shelter.
With this grant, Maui Humane Society will help preserve the bond between pets and their people by providing resources such as dog and cat food, pet supplies, litter, the COVID-19 pet food pantry program and improvements to the onsite storage facility. Maui Humane Society expects to impact a significant number of pets and owners who have been impacted by the pandemic.
“4EverPets program has the sole purpose of keeping pets with their families by providing essential resources,” said Steve MacKinnon, CEO of Maui Humane Society. “Our goal is to assist our community of pet parents from having to surrender their pets during this time of crisis.”
Since 1994, through its partnership with nearly 4,000 humane societies, SPCAs and pet rescues across North America, PetSmart Charities has helped more than 8.5 million pets to find loving homes via its in-store adoption program in over 1,600 PetSmart® stores. The leading funder of animal welfare has also donated nearly $400 million to improve access to veterinary care, to positively impact communities, to connect people and pets and to help preserve families through initiatives like this with Maui Humane Society.
About PetSmart Charities®
PetSmart Charities, Inc. is committed to finding lifelong, loving homes for all pets by supporting programs and thought leadership that bring people and pets together. Through its in-store adoption program in all PetSmart® stores across the U.S. and Puerto Rico, PetSmart Charities helps to find forever homes and families for more than 600,000 shelter pets each year. Each year, millions of generous PetSmart shoppers help pets in need by donating to PetSmart Charities using the PIN pads at checkout registers inside PetSmart stores. In turn, PetSmart Charities efficiently uses more than 90 cents of every dollar donated to fulfill its role as the leading funder of animal welfare in North America, granting almost $400 million since its inception in 1994. Independent from PetSmart Inc., PetSmart Charities is a 501(c)(3) organization that has received the Four-Star Rating from Charity Navigator, a third-party organization that reports on the effectiveness, accountability and transparency of nonprofits, for the past 16 years in a row – placing it among the top one percent of charities rated by this organization. To learn more visit www.petsmartcharities.org.
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