Grant to support the completion of the veterinary hospital

Photo courtesy of the Hawaii Island Humane Society

(BIVN) – The Hawaii Island Humane Society has received a $1.5 million grant from the Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation, which will support efforts to complete the Anne Barasch Ryan Animal Hospital in Kona. In a press release, HIHS announced that the grant will also name the Bob & Renee Parsons Welcome Center as part of the organization’s Animal Community Center.

From the Hawaii Island Humane Society:

The Animal Community Center is a 12-acre campus designed to house animals in modern, humane-free housing and to provide the Hawaii Island community with a variety of low-cost pet services. The center includes two dog parks for public use and a visitor centre. Recently named The Bob & Renee Parsons Welcome Center, the facility houses a pet assistance service, retail store and administration building. The center also includes Adoption Square, which includes a fenced-in yard for pets to play outside, Scruffee’s Cat Barn, and three dog rooms. The ultimate vision of the HIHS Animal Community Center is to provide a humane facility for animals while ensuring that pet owners and community members feel welcome.

“Renee and I believe in providing critical funding at critical times,” said PXG Founder and CEO Bob Parsons. “With the addition of the new Anne Barasch Ryan Animal Hospital, the Hawaii Island Humane Society will not only provide critical care for abused and neglected animals, but will also expand its services to care for companion animals on a community-wide basis. .”

Photo courtesy of the Hawaii Island Humane Society

A big part of that care includes veterinary services for shelter animals and local pet owners. The Anne Barasch Ryan Animal Hospital will allow HIHS to increase its ability to provide free and low-cost veterinary care services to the community. The 13,000 square foot facility, which is expected to be completed by late 2022 or early 2023, will include a veterinary hospital and an admissions wing. The hospital will include three surgical suites and diagnostic equipment including ultrasound and X-ray machines, isolation units for pets with infectious diseases, an intensive care unit for pets in the recovery and examination rooms. The Admissions Wing will provide temporary housing for adult dogs, puppies, adult cats, and kittens that have been abandoned by their owners, found stray, or transferred from other organizations.

“A special mahalo to the Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation for this incredible donation to support the completion of the Anne Barasch Ryan Animal Hospital. While this donation helps complete a physical structure, the community good this donation provides is just as Most importantly, the Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation helps provide the care needed to improve the lives of animals,” said Lauren Nickerson, CEO of the Hawaii Island Humane Society.

“Bob and I have made the beautiful island of Hawaii our home,” said Renee Parsons, President and Executive Creative Director of PXG Apparel. “We are honored to help complete the Anne Barasch Ryan Veterinary Hospital and bring high quality, low cost veterinary care to the people and their animals on the island.”

HIHS programs and services include adoptions, foster care, volunteering, transportation partnerships, behavioral and enrichment support, veterinary care, spaying and low-cost neutering, pet support (encompassing repatriation assistance and resources, education, veterinary outreach and end-of-life services for pets), a community pet pantry and more. HIHS staff and volunteers are Fear Free Shelter certified, ensuring that each environment reduces fear, stress and anxiety for shelter animals and community owned pets. To learn more about the Hawaii Island Humane Society and how you can get involved, visit or follow @HawaiiIslandHumaneSociety on Facebook.

Benjamin M. Yerger