The Humane Society of the United States is providing a $2,500 grant to Hui Pono Holoholona, an all-volunteer non-profit spay/neuter organization and cat rescue dedicated to helping animals on the east side of the Big Island of Hawaii.  The grant will help cover costs incurred by Hui Pono Holoholona in expanding their holding capacity in the aftermath of the Kilauea eruption to provide shelter for more animals.

Hui Pono Holoholona searched for stranded cats in the Kilauea eruption lava zone and provided the cats with temporary placement and rehoming. The group also reunited cats with their families. The Humane Society of the United States thanks Hui Pono Holoholona for the work they have done to save animals.

“Hui Pono Holoholona has been a leader on Hawaii Island in providing sanctuary and services to support the responsible care of our community’s pets,” said Keith Dane, Hawaii policy adviser for the Humane Society of the United States. “We are grateful for their valiant efforts to find, rescue and care for cats displaced by this devastating and historic event.”

Shelter Director Frannie Pueo said, “The irony in this eruption scenario is that cats’ instincts are to shelter under buildings or climb trees, which can put them in the path of the encroaching lava. Every animal is precious and deserves to be kept safe and rescued from these disastrous conditions.”

Pueo continued, “I wish to thank Keith Dane of HSUS for this much-needed grant. This will enable us to expand our cat shelters to include an isolation section to treat the many cats entering with upper respiratory infections and eye irritations caused by the lava ash and sulfur dioxide. Our rescues left with no home are now part of our o’hana at Pono Animal Way Sanctuary.”

Anyone interested in details and updates, volunteering or making a financial or in-kind donation should contact HPH at 808-968-8279, hphhawaii.org or on Facebook. Donations will help support the lifetime ongoing care of sanctuary residents.

The grant comes from the Humane Society of the United States’ Disaster Relief Fund, a continuing, dedicated fund that enables the organization to help animals impacted by natural disasters. The fund supports rescue, relief and preparation efforts for past, present and future natural disasters such as earthquakes, hurricanes, floods, wildfires and oil spills.

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