KARES is recipient of Mutts Across America Award

KARES Founder and President Debbie Cravatta (seated on right), volunteers Stacey Burge (left) and Paige McMullin (middle) with canine friends. (Courtesy photo/Special to West Hawaii Today)

The Kohala Animal Relocation and Education Service has been selected as an exemplary animal welfare organization in Hawaii by the MuttsNation Foundation and Tractor Supply Company.

Mutts Across America is an initiative to support nonprofit shelters or foster-based rescue in each and every state. Organizations do not apply for funding – instead the goundation’s board of directors spends hundreds of hours researching and finding them, and the recipients are surprised with the $5,000 award.

The Mutts Across America award is given in recognition of work accomplished to promote animal welfare. Since the initiative’s inception, Miranda Lambert’s MuttNation Foundation has supported more than 350 shelters with over $1.5 million in grants.

“KARES is most grateful for this special recognition. The grant will help with medical and surgical care of many rescued and surrendered pets providing them an opportunity for a return to improved well-being and to end their homelessness through adoptions,” said Debbie Cravatta, Founder and President of KARES.

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