The Maui Humane Society has sent an urgent request to the community for assistance in providing homes and relief for the dogs at its shelter, which is currently over capacity.
“Due to high rates of abandonment and stray admissions, the shelter population has seen a massive increase, resulting in overcapacity in kennels,” according to MHS.
The Maui Humane Society has kennel capacity for 40 dogs, but the shelter currently cares for 67, not including the 32 currently in foster homes.
In these times of high population, Maui Humane Society has a program called “SOS Foster”
which allows anyone to host an animal without prior experience in addition to receiving the
supplies needed. There is no pressure to adopt through SOS Foster. Moreover, other means
community can help through adoption, Paws-to-Adopt (10-day adoption trial), Beach
Buddies and the new Dog on Demand program.
“We need people to relieve the dogs of the stressors of the shelter, but we also advise
public to avoid bringing stray animals or visiting, if it’s not an emergency,” said Katie Shannon,
Marketing Director. “We are full and over capacity. We need the community to understand
that shelter should be the last option for the animal. If you find a stray animal, drop a
report it on our website, notify our law enforcement officers and detain the animal if it is
safe in your home. The busier the shelter, the more stressful it is for the animals.
“Whether you are single or in a multi-family household, whether you are visiting Maui in dog-friendly accommodations, whether you are a part-time resident, or looking for a no-commitment pet, any availability and attention is appreciated,” according to an MHS press release announcement.
All dogs on the MHS website are available for “SOS Foster”, which can be viewed on line. The Maui Humane Society is located off Maui Veterans Highway and is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Maui Humane Society is the only open-admission shelter on the island, accepting all animals in need. The organization cares for more than 4,900 animals annually and provides high volume, low cost spaying/neutering operations for pets to the public.