Kimo & Jazz

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Kimo’s conservative religious upbringing caused him to struggle mightily with the early understanding that he was gay. After coming out, he adopts a shelter dog, Jazz, who becomes his life support as Kimo cares for his ailing father, volunteers with Salt Lake City’s unsheltered community, and co-founds a humanitarian nonprofit for people and their companion animals during times of crisis.

  • Jazz, for me, was that catalyst in helping me understand that I wasn't so different from other people. She’s the one that helped me to find my own humanity.”
    Kimo Pokini
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