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.   

hawaii's "fire ant" eye epidemic