Founded in 2009, Kohala Animal Relocation and Education Service (KARES) serves the Big Island of Hawaii, rescuing and relocating abused, abandoned and stray dogs; providing temporary housing through a foster care network; and facilitating adoptions into caring, permanent homes. KARES focuses on community education and outreach to promote responsible pet ownership and prevent animal cruelty. KARES also raises awareness about the causes of animal overpopulation and advocates for spay/neuter surgeries, which are provided free to owned dogs of all ages.
A grant from The Grey Muzzle Organization will support medical, surgical, and dental care for senior dogs. By providing needed care, KARES will enhance senior dogs’ chance for adoption and help them live healthier lives in their forever homes. A discount voucher program will also be offered to owned senior dogs to promote dental health awareness and encourage preventative dental care. The grant will help dogs like Ringo, an eight-year-old English bulldog who is deaf. Ringo spent half of his life on a heavy chain that caused severe throat damage. As a result, he required multiple surgeries to open his airway. With the help of KARES, he is now thriving in a loving home.