Founded in 2009, KARES serves the Big Island of Hawaii, rescuing and relocating abused, abandoned, and stray dogs; providing temporary housing through a foster care network; and facilitating adoptions into caring, permanent homes. KARES focuses on community education and outreach to promote responsible pet ownership and prevent animal cruelty. KARES also raises awareness about the causes of animal overpopulation and advocates for spay/neuter surgeries, which are provided free to owned dogs of all ages.
The Grey Muzzle Organization grant will enable the Kohala Animal Relocation and Education Service (KARES) senior dog program to provide medical, surgical, and dental care for at-risk dogs. It will help older dogs remain in loving homes by offering free or shared-cost veterinary care when owners cannot afford it. Providing medical care to dogs rescued from abandonment or neglect will enhance senior dogs’ chances for adoption and help them live healthier lives in their forever homes. Ringo, a nine-year-old, deaf English bulldog, spent half his life on a heavy chain that caused severe throat damage. As a result, he required multiple surgeries to open his airway. Now, after KARES and GMO's assistance, he is thriving in a loving home.