WASHINGTON, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, September 3, 2020 — American Humane, the country’s first national humane organization, today announced that the Kauai SPCA (KSPCA) received a grant from American Humane’s Feed the Hungry fund. Located in Kauai, Hawaii, the KSPCA is an open-admission animal rescue organization.
“Animals have a special place in my heart, and I am saddened to see so many being abandoned and left hungry as a result of this sweeping COVID-19 pandemic,” said Jean Shafiroff, national spokesperson for American Humane’s Feed the Hungry campaign and renowned philanthropist. “We must ensure that rescue organizations have the basic resources necessary to care for these defenseless animals who are in dire need of a forever home.”
Like every other business or organization in America, rescues and shelters are struggling to maintain basic services and care for their animal residents in the face of the current worldwide pandemic. Thousands of animals are being left without homes and facilities are in desperate need of general supplies. In response to the overwhelming number of calls received from animal rescuers, shelters and first responders, American Humane launched the Feed the Hungry fund to feed and care for animals across the country who have been abandoned during the coronavirus crisis. The fund seeks to raise much-needed resources to help shelters and rescue organizations that are not only struggling to keep the lights on, but also to keep critical supplies like food stocked.
“We want to thank American Humane for sending us your Feed the Hungry grant,” said Lauren Havlick, a volunteer at the KSPCA. “Your generous donation is helping to feed many of Kauai’s dogs and cats. We distribute the dog and cat food at several locations on island where food banks are supplying those in need. We work hard to find loving homes for our rescued cats and dogs and at a time when the future is uncertain for many, keeping food in the dishes of these treasured pets makes a world of difference. So again, American Humane, mahalo from the bottom of our hearts for your generous contribution to our organization and our beloved Kauai island pets.”
The KSPCA was formed in early 2017 to help with a terrible animal hoarding case in Kapa’a. Shortly after, an epic flood engulfed the north shore of Kauai. 15 landslides fell across the highway completely cutting off the areas of Hāʻena and Wainiha from civilization. The KSPCA organized and delivered food and medical supplies for the animals by boat. Since then, the KSPCA has become a full-service animal rescue organization providing resources, like affordable spay and neuter, to locals in Kauai; reducing feral cats; and, facilitating rescues and nurturing adoptions. The KSPCA was selected as a recipient of the Feed the Hungry grant for its steadfast work protecting animals, even throughout the pandemic.
To help shelters continue to save lives during this unprecedented crisis, consider donating today. Learn more at www.americanhumane.org/feedthehungry.
About American Humane
American Humane is the country’s first national humane organization. Founded in 1877, American Humane is committed to ensuring the safety, welfare, and well-being of animals, and our leadership programs are first to serve in promoting and nurturing the bonds between animals and people. For more information or to support our work, please visit www.americanhumane.org