Wings of Aloha Program to Expand with Grant Funding
Pu’unene, HI (3/15/22): Maui Humane Society has been awarded a one-year grant in the amount of $282,125 to continue supporting the lifesaving Wings of Aloha animal transfer program. Grant funding is made possible by the generosity of the Dave & Cheryl Duffield Foundation, a private charitable foundation based in Incline Village, Nevada.
The Wings of Aloha program is essential to saving lives as Maui Humane Society has far more animals needing to be adopted than what the community can absorb. The ability to send animals to transfer partners on the mainland has saved the lives of thousands of dogs and cats over the last five years, all thanks to funding from the Dave & Cheryl Duffield Foundation.
“The Dave & Cheryl Duffield Foundation is investing in us to grow the program to fly even more animals to mainland forever homes. We now have the opportunity to expand our transfer partner network throughout the nation which is critical to maintaining the success of the program in light of pandemic-related flight embargos and airline restrictions,” says CEO Steve MacKinnon. Maui Humane Society expects to transfer more than 550 dogs and cats this year.
During the pandemic, major airlines halted many direct flights to the mainland and current airport staffing issues have decreased the ability for Maui Humane Society to transfer as many animals. As a result, the shelter experienced record high numbers of dogs in their care that exceeded capacity and strained operations.
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.