Humane Society to start fundraising campaign

PUHI — The support of a generous donor has Kaua‘i Humane Society initiating its first-ever fundraising campaign for matching funds.

Humane Society Executive Director Shannon Blizzard said the $25,000 challenge campaign could start as early as next week and run through June.

“This person has said they really believe in the mission and wants to get other people excited about the vision for our future as an organization that is growing internally and seeing greater impact in the community,” Blizzard said.

The donor is anonymous at this point and will match every donation over $60 until the match total reaches $25,000, Blizzard said. The goal is to raise $50,000 with the match.

Supporters can learn more and make a secure donation online at www.kauaihumane.org.

After nine months on the job, Blizzard said one priority is to conduct more outreach to highlight changes in the organization. KHS has unveiled a new online look and logo to reflect several new programs.

The KHS adoption program is much more user-friendly, Blizzard said. Visitors can see adoptable pets online to start the search for the right match.

The Aloha campaign is also designed to drive people to the website to see the adoptable animal profiles and sign up for the email newsletter to stay up to date on programs and classes.

“The website is so much more comprehensive and allows people to get information at any time they need it,” Blizzard said.

Every adoptable animal in the shelter has a profile and photo on the website. It is linked through the KHS internal database and appears online as soon they are processed.

“Our goal is to raise the status of shelter pets to increase their adoption rates, help people have access to keeping their pets for a lifetime and ensuring that all people have the needed support to be responsible pet owners,” Blizzard said.

KHS is creating more opportunities for volunteers to get involved. There are twice as many camps and workshops for children.

A new public vaccine workshop teaches the importance and ease of making sure pets stay healthy. A microchip clinic shows how inexpensive and convenient the technology is that will aid searchers in reuniting lost pets with families.

The new KHS Web site is designed to promote all adoptable pets. It is also a resource for KHS news, events and information.

“We are excited to discover new ways to interact with our supporters, customers, friends and community in the coming years,” Blizzard said. “One way we can achieve our goal is through our new interactive website which includes complete pet profiles for all adoptable animals, information and registration opportunities for our classes and workshops, and our e-news continue to grow our impact by establishing more opportunities for people to get involved.”

KHS has also joined social media and has an active Facebook page at www.facebook.com/kauaihumanesociety. They are in the process of establishing a blog on subjects from training tips to animal welfare and conversations related to its mission.

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