KARES, short for Kohala Animal Relocation and Education Service, adheres to a “no-kill” philosophy. Founded in 2009, KARES serves the Big Island of Hawaii to rescue and relocate abused, abandoned and stray dogs, to provide temporary housing for them through their foster care network and to facilitate adoptions into caring, permanent homes. KARES focuses on community education and outreach to promote responsible pet ownership and to prevent animal cruelty. They also raise awareness about the causes of animal overpopulation and advocate for humane solutions for population control, including spay/neuter, which is provided free to owned dogs of all ages.
A grant from The Grey Muzzle Organization will help launch a veterinary dental care program for rescued senior dogs, many of whom have poor dental health. A potential risk for future health conditions, the goal is to enhance their chances for adoption and help them live healthier lives in their forever homes. In addition, to promote dental health awareness for all dogs, a discount voucher program is offered to owned senior dogs encouraging preventative dental care.