At full capacity: nearly 400 shelter animals to be adopted by the Maui Humane Society


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The number of animals returned and found to be stray on Maui has “multiplied exponentially” over the course of a month, resulting in critical capacity at the Maui Humane Society.

Organization officials say the effects of the pandemic continue to impact the shelter, which currently has a total of 396 dogs, cats and critters for adoption.

“The kennels are full, with several dogs sharing a space intended for a single dog. With the heat of summer and fewer opportunities for dogs to walk due to COVID-related volunteer restrictions, the Maui Humane Society expresses an urgent need to adopt these animals, ”according to an announcement from the organization .

“If you’re thinking about adopting, now is the time to act and make it happen,” said CEO Steve MacKinnon. “We are moving as many animals as possible off the island and maximizing our network of foster families, but this dramatic increase in animal numbers is pushing the limits of our programs and shelter capacity.”

Kittens are arriving every day, often so young that they need to be bottle-fed every three hours, and that’s where our bottle-fed foster parents step in to save lives. There are currently 199 cats and kittens in foster homes, waiting to be adopted or old enough to be spayed and released.


There are 21 dogs and puppies who live with foster families. Leaders of organizations say it is often medical cases, the elderly and dogs with special needs.


The Maui Humane Society’s Wings of Aloha program, funded by the Dave and Cheryl Duffield Foundation, transported 86 animals to the mainland this month alone.

At the shelter, the new Paws To Adopt program allows prospective adopters to spend 10 days with an animal before committing to finalize the adoption. All adult animals (6 months +) are eligible for this program.

To view the animals, visit


To make an appointment to meet an animal, dial 877-3680 ext. 3 or book an appointment online at The refuge remains open by appointment only, Monday to Saturday 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 4,000 animals per year and provides low cost, free sterilization and sterilization services to
the public. Last year, veterinary staff performed over 5,700 sterilization / neutering surgeries and over 2,000 Hope Fund procedures on animals requiring more medical care than is generally possible. Their Wings of Aloha Transfer Program and Foster Program of more than 400 local families save the lives of more than 2,500 animals per year.

During COVID, a community assistance program was launched to help feed and care for the pets of those financially affected by the pandemic. To date, over 70,000 pounds of free pet food has been distributed. For more information visit the Maui Humane Society website.

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