Announcements: July 16, 2021

  • Ten-year-old Mitzi is one of many senior dogs placed into adoption homes by KARES. (Courtesy photo/Special to West Hawaii Today)

KARES fetches grant to help senior dogs

Old dogs have something to wag about this summer, as The Grey Muzzle Organization announces the recipients of its 2021 grants, and dogs in the care of the Kohala Animal Relocation and Education Service (KARES) are among the winners.


“This grant will help us give senior dogs like 10-year-old Mitzi get the veterinary and dental care she needs so she’ll be ready to go to her forever home,” said Deborah M. Cravatta, KARES president and founder. “No creature is more grateful or loving than an old dog, and we’re looking forward to helping more senior dogs get the second chance they all deserve.”

KARES is one of 77 animal welfare groups chosen from 266 nationwide applicants, will receive a grant of $9,900 to help save or improve the lives of at-risk old dogs (age 7 years and older) on Hawaii Island.

“Thanks to the generosity of our GMO donors, we’re delighted to help deserving organizations like KARES in Hawaii make a difference in the lives of dogs and people in their communities,” Grey Muzzle’s Executive Director Lisa Lunghofer said. “Many senior dogs are enjoying their golden years in loving homes thanks to the wonderful work of KARES.”

KARES Hawaii is nonprofit animal welfare organization with a mission to rescue and relocate abused, abandoned and stray domestic animals; provide temporary housing for them through our foster care network; and facilitate adoptions into caring permanent homes. For more information, visit

The national nonprofit The Grey Muzzle Organization improves the lives of at-risk senior dogs by providing funding and resources to animal shelters, rescue organizations, sanctuaries, and other nonprofit groups nationwide. For details, visit

Walk-ins vaccinations available at NHCH

Queen’s North Hawaii Community Hospital offers the COVID-19 vaccination with no appointment necessary.

Vaccinations are available from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. every Wednesday at the Waimea hospital’s COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic Annex located on the south side of hospital campus, near the emergency room. There is no cost to the recipient for the vaccination and insurance is not required.


QNHCH is offering both the Pfizer and the single-dose Johnson &Johnson vaccinations. The Pfizer vaccination is available to those 12 and older. The single-dose Johnson &Johnson vaccination is available to those 18 and older. Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

The entire vaccination process may take about 45 minutes to 1 hour (this includes a 15-minute monitoring period). To speed up the process, patients are asked to bring both the Patient Registration form and the Pre-Vaccination questionnaire available at

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