Since 1952, the Kaua`i Humane Society has served the County of Kaua‘i as the only open-admission animal shelter on the island. Their average annual intake is over 3,500 animals. They work tirelessly to save the lives of shelter animals through adoptions and transfers while supporting and educating pet owners in the community about responsible pet ownership, including the importance of spay/neuter. They work hard to keep animals with their owners when life circumstances threaten to separate them. KHS runs a variety of programs to serve both two and four-legged island residents, including bi-monthly, low-cost vaccine and microchip clinics, low cost spay/neuter for owned pets, humane education and Critter Camp for Kids, dog training classes, a community dog park, free boarding for owned pets in emergency situations, lost pet services, a free community food bank and Direct Release Services for people trying to bring their pets into the rabies-free state. In addition, KHS operates the only crematorium for animals on the island and provides pet bereavement support meetings.
The Grey Muzzle Organization’s grant will assist the Kaua`i Humane Society (KHS) in providing not only routine, but also life-saving medical care to senior dogs in need. The senior dogs that end up at KHS often need a little extra help getting ready for adoption, including dental work, mass removals, eye medications, etc. By providing that special care senior dogs sometimes need, KHS will help reduce potential future vet costs to senior dog adopters, thereby removing barriers for more people to adopt senior dogs like Douglas.
Sweet, small Douglas came to KHS as a stray at the end of April with dental decay forming on his teeth and clouding in both eyes. He was able to spend a week in a short-term foster home where KHS learned valuable information on his affinity for living well with dogs and cats! At such a cute size and with these great in-home notes, they figured an adoption would come quickly for Douglas. Yet, he remained at KHS for almost two months before finally finding his forever home. With a grant from Grey Muzzle, KHS will have more resources for dogs like Douglas, to clean up his teeth and provide an adopter with a better treatment plan for his clouding eyes, making adoption much less intimidating for many homes!