Mahalo to the Maui Weekly for its July 19-25 informative article, "Coalition Focuses on Animal Law Issues," which covered the July 9 public meeting at the Cameron Center.
While the article identifies it as a "grassroots meeting" and discusses a "coalition and consortium," none of the grassroots groups composing the coalition are identified and the "Maui County Animal Coalition" (MCAC) is never named.
Only one organization of the three identified in the article is a part of this coalition--the Maui Humane Society (MHS), which likely would not be described as "grassroots."
I continue to be a strong active supporter of the other two groups-- the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and For The Fishes, but neither of them are part of the MCAC.
To clarify, presently there are 12 other animal welfare organizations that comprise MCAC, and almost of all of them were represented and briefly addressed those attending the meeting co-hosted by HSUS and MHS. As it's understandable that time and space limitations present a challenge to be all-inclusive, I would at least like to list each of these autonomous, dedicated, varied organizations that all struggle valiantly to help Maui's animals in need.
MCAC includes 9th Life Hawai'i, East Maui Animal Refuge (aka Boo Boo Zoo), Feline Foundation of Maui, Hawai'i Animal Rescue Foundation (HARF,) Last Resort Dog Rescue (which also helps a lot of cats), Lana'i Animal Rescue Center (LARC), Leilani Farm Sanctuary, Maui Homeward Bound, Maui Pitbull Rescue, Molokai Humane Society, SPCA Maui and West Maui Animal-Shelter.
I am not affiliated with any of the organizations, but try to support their work through MCAC.
Maui is far from paradise for many of the animals living here, so please support and help these organizations in their efforts to begin to change that.