The Good Shepherd Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit helping animals since 1949.
We have taken on difficult issues to protect animals, including getting a ban on the use of steel-jaw leghold traps, opposing cruel animal research, promoting non-animal based research into culture-caused disease, and calling for compassion and restraint in dealing with invasive species management.
Recently, we helped evacuate animals during the June, 2014 lava flow
that threatened the lower Puna district of Hawaii Island, for which
we were awarded a Certificate for Exceptional Community Service
by the Hawaii County Council.
Our directors are Sydney Ross Singer and Soma Grismaijer. Sydney
is an internationally recognized researcher and author, and is a
pioneer in the field of applied medical anthropology, where he
searches for the cultural causes of disease. He has PhD training
in biochemistry, anthropology, and medical humanities, and spent
two years in medical school. He has an BS in biology from the
University of Utah, and an MA in anthropology from Duke University. He is also the director of the Institute for the Study of Culturogenic Disease, another program of the Foundation.
Syd is assisted by his wife Soma, who is trained
in environmental science and has been caring
for animals for the past 30 years. Prior to
arriving in Hawaii in 1992, Soma operated the
Foundation's humane education preschool,
Children's Gardens, and the Foundation's
no kill animal shelters and thrift store.
Syd and Soma also care for the Foundation's Animal
Sanctuary and Nature Preserve located in lower Puna,
where they teach animal husbandry, off the grid living
and sustainable agriculture.
The Good Shepherd Foundation is taking the lead on
discovering the cause and cure for “Fire Ant” Eye.
Currently, no research is addressing this epidemic.
We hope our efforts will help animals throughout the
tropical and semi-tropical world where “Fire Ant” Eye
is a problem.