PUHI — The Kaua‘i Humane Society has been awarded a $50,000 grant from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals as part of its national ASPCA Relief &Recovery Initiative, which includes providing a minimum of $2 million in critical funding to animal-welfare organizations whose programs, operations or fundraising capabilities have been severely impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.
The grant will help KHS fund essential lifesaving services such as improving length-of-stay standards, improving field-services equipment, and enhancing animal-enrichment programs, which are proving to be crucial animal-welfare services during the COVID-19 pandemic, said the KHS in a press release.
“We are extremely grateful to ASPCA for accepting our application and recognizing our hard work,” said KHS Executive Director Nicole Schafer Crane.
“We, like many across the nation, have felt the financial hardships due to COVID-19, and this grant will allow us to continue to support Kaua‘i’s homeless, companion animals, and assist our community during this challenging time.”
“In addition to the unprecedented challenges the COVID-19 pandemic has created for people, it is also putting animals at risk by straining essential owner and shelter resources,” said ASPCA President and CEO Matt Bershadker.
“Considering the vital role pets play in our lives — especially in times of crisis and stress — it’s extremely important to safeguard their welfare as much as we can, and we are grateful to the animal-welfare community for stepping up, thinking creatively and courageously, and forging new paths to meet this need. Through the ASPCA Relief &Recovery Initiative, we are helping animals stay healthy and safe as we weather this crisis together.”
This grant will help KHS continue to provide many services and operate at full staff and capacity for Kaua‘i’s animals, said Scher Crane.