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MASH Team Serves Kea’au Humane Society with Free Neutering

January 25, 2016, 4:14 PM HST
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Volunteers from Animal Balance have teamed up with the Hawai’i Island Humane Society to bring a Mobile Animal Surgical Hospital, known as MASH, to the Humane Society’s Kea’au shelter.

MASH is providing free spay and neuter surgeries for dogs and cats during a one-week event that kicked off Monday and will run through Jan. 29.

“Hawai’i Island residents are so compassionate and caring, but the number of animals we take in has exceeded our island’s capacity for animal adoptions. We have been strong advocates for spay neuter as the long term solution for animal overpopulation,” said Donna Whitaker, Executive Director, Hawai’i Island Humane Society. “We can’t adopt our way out of animal overpopulation and spay neuter initiatives provide for the most effective, most immediate solution.”

The Humane Society fundraises to supplement the services on a year-round basis, but also receives county-funding for spay neuter programming.

“This week-long, fully-booked MASH is a first for us, and our goal is to complete 300 free spay neuter surgeries this week,” said Whitaker. “Thanks to all the volunteers and staff from Hawai’i Island, the mainland, and other parts of the world who have come together for the animals at our Keaau shelter this week.”

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