MauiNow: Update on Maui Pet Adoption Story that Helped Earn $50K for Maui Humane Society


June 15, 2021
Maui Now: Rory, Kaia and Holly

Each year, the Petco Love Stories grant campaign, in partnership with BOBS from Skechers, invites adopters to share how their pets have changed their lives to give the organizations they’ve adopted from the chance to earn lifesaving funds. Last year, Rory from Maui was awarded a $50,000 Love Stories grant for Maui Humane Society and also received a Petco shopping spree and a prize pack with BOBS from Skechers shoes.

After the loss of his wife, Rory and his daughter Holly found comfort, companionship, and laughter in their adopted dog named Kaia.

Rory shared an update on how adopting Kaia has been incredibly rewarding for his family. “Having Kaia home to accompany my 11-year-old daughter during distanced learning gave me so much peace of mind. Kaia has inspired our family to foster eight dogs in the past seven months, and even led me to begin a new relationship,” said Rory.  Rory added, “Being a Love Stories winner led me to my girlfriend who sponsored a kennel at the Maui Humane Society dedicated to my wife.”

Read the rest of the story on Maui Now.

“The grant has helped us purchase supplies for our foster department so that we can send more animals into homes when the shelter is full, assisted with increasing our community cat Trap-Neuter-Release program, and enabled our veterinary staff to maintain sufficient PPE to continue their lifesaving work during COVID. We’re so grateful that Rory’s story was shared with the world and that he found a silver lining in his experience not only through Kaia, but in meeting his girlfriend Jamie-Sue who had fostered Kaia as a puppy.”

Steve MacKinnon

CEO, Maui Humane Society



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