North Shore Animal League America collaborated with rescue partner Lucky Paws Animal Foundation to save cats and kittens impacted by the devastating fires in Maui. On September 10, 17 felines arrived at John F. Kennedy International Airport after a long journey from Hawaii, on their way to the safety of our Port Washington campus.
The situation in Hawaii remains critical, with ongoing search-and-rescue operations in Lahaina due to the catastrophic fires. In response, Animal League America took action to help create a safe haven for the animals affected. The 17 cats transported to our no-kill campus – mostly aged between 5 to 6 months – had been awaiting adoption at our shelter partner, Lucky Paws Animal Foundation, on Oahu before the fires ravaged Maui. By helping to clear shelter space, we created more opportunities for them to house and care for pets that were displaced due to this unprecedented disaster.
Rescue Team Lead, Ted Moriates picks up cats at airport and prepares them for journey to safety of our Port Washington, NY campus.
According to Karla Scaramuzzo, Animal League America Senior Rescue Manager, “Lucky Paws was desperate to make room so they can take in more animals. The shelters in Maui are in dire need of help, and it makes me so happy that we can assist all the way from New York!” Our partnership with Lucky Paws Animal Foundation began in 2022, and this rescue mission marks our third lifesaving collaboration.
The journey of these 17 precious felines to Animal League America all the way from Oahu exemplifies the teamwork required to make these rescue efforts possible. Together, we are committed to ensuring that these young cats and kittens receive the love and support they need to thrive while in our care, with the ultimate goal of finding each and every one a responsible and loving home.