KAHULUI - The Hawaii Animal Rescue Foundation (HARF) is celebrating its first-year anniversary as a leader in the no-kill movement in Hawaii.
"It has been a busy year for all involved," said cofounder Dawn Hall, who thanked the community for its support.
HARF is 100 percent volunteer run. It receives no county, state or federal funding and is supported by individuals, corporations and foundations.
Hall stated that more than 400 dogs have been successfully adopted in the past 12 months, "reducing the euthanasia rate for dogs on Maui by over 40 percent."
The organization takes dogs from shelters filled to capacity, then seeks foster care and adoptions on Maui and Oahu.
She noted that adoption efforts are only "a finger in the dike" and do not solve overpopulation, neglect and other animal welfare issues over the long-term.
HARF's long-term plan is to build a no-kill shelter facility to hold a large number of dogs, areas for large breed animals, a community dog park, veterinary clinic to provide medical support and spay/neuter services, and educational programs.
In the meantime, HARF holds adoption events every Saturday at Petco in Kahului from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information about this organization, visit www.hawaiianimalrescue.org or call (808) 876-0022.