Finding an on-island veterinarian is one of the top priorities approved by the Molokai Humane Society at its board of directors budget meeting last night.
Now the hard part. The non-profit organization, run by volunteers and one paid vet assistant, needs to locate a vet who is willing and able to move to Molokai.
According to MoHS board member Jenn Whitted, the 2012 proposed budget also includes funding for a full-time executive director, a part-time bookkeeper and a part-time vet assistant. The MoHS has also expanded its low-cost spay and neuter project and plans to initiate humane education and pet identification programs.
Making all these changes possible are the dedicated supporters and major donors to MoHS, including Maui County and The Shields Animal Shelter Foundation.
But these positive changes on the horizon are just the beginning and the MoHS needs continued support to make this all possible.
“it is important that, while we are in the process of building our foundation, we do not get comfortable,” said Whitted, who is also a teacher and robotics coach at Kaunakakai Elementary School. “We still have a long way to go including securing a parcel of land for our permanent home, raising funds for a building, and working towards becoming self-sustainable.”
The MoHS is still at its temporary home in a trailer on Maunaloa Highway, one mile east of the airport. In the past year a roof has been added to provide shelter for its “waiting room.” A new sign was added and the group also now has an active Facebook page.
Whitted also emphasized the importance of receiving continued support for the MoHS as it grows. “We need the community’s support more than ever now as we take the next step in expanding our services for the people and animals of Molokai.”
A visiting vet, Dr. Eileen, will be on Molokai today. Call 558-0000 to make an appointment.
For those who would like to get more involved with MoHS, there are opportunities to serve on the board of directors. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.