Lost and Found Pets

***You can file a Lost or Found Pet Report with MHS  online.***

Be Preventative!

Pets sometimes get loose and stray- the more identification they have, the easier it is for pet owners to reclaim their pets in the event that they become lost and end up at the shelter. We encourage pet owners to place ID tags on their pets’ collars or fit them with a microchip and/or tattoo that will link your pet to your contact information for life. Dogs are legally required to be licensed after 4 months of age – licensing is another way that a dog can be traced back to its owner if he or she strays. Keep a current photo of your pet at all times. Providing information about your pet’s breed/mix, approximate weight, and distinguishing features greatly increases the odds your pet will be identified and returned home to you.

We know that the only place a pet belongs is with their forever family, so if your pet goes missing don’t give up without trying everything listed below! Of course, the best course of action is to take all steps possible to prevent your pet from becoming lost in the first place. Be preventative! Keep your dog properly restrained when out in public. Maintain the fencing in your dog’s holding area and keep cats indoors. And have your pet fitted with a microchip; it only costs $30 at Maui Humane Society and stays with your pet for life!

If Your Pet is Lost

  1. If your pet strays or becomes lost, it’s very important that you FILE A LOST REPORT with Maui Humane Society as soon as possible.You can file online, or call (808) 877-3680 ext. 201. 
  2. Visit the shelter to see if your pet is in our custody. Don’t wait! The longer your pet is lost, the less likely it is that we’ll be able to help you relocate him or her. Bring proof of ownership in order to reclaim your animal. 
  3. Provide as much information as possible about where and when your pet was last seen.
  4. Post a current photo of your pet with your contact information, a detailed description of your pet and any special medical conditions they might have around the area your pet was last seen, and on our “Lost and Found” boards in the Animal Receiving side of the shelter. Instructions on creating a “Lost Pet” poster
  5. Keep an eye on the Stray Reports we post on our Facebook page for animals matching your pet’s description.
  6. Post the same information on Craigslist and keep an eye out for responses.
  7. Continue to visit the shelter periodically in case your animal has been found and placed for adoption.
  8. For additional resources and recovery tips, visit the Missing Pet Partnership website.

If You Find A Stray Animal

I found a stray animal, what should I do?

If the animal is friendly and you can safely handle them, check for identification and try to find the owner. If you can keep the animal in your home while you search for their owner, please file a lost and found report with Maui Humane Society to increase their chances of being reunited with their owner. You can also use social media such as Facebook to help spread the word about the lost animal. Many animals are microchipped (a form of permanent identification) so you should have the animal scanned for a chip. You can bring the animal to MHS to be scanned or any veterinarian can provide this service.

How long are stray animals held at the shelter?

In accordance with Maui County Ordinances, stray dogs unclaimed after two days will be considered for adoption and licensed dogs unclaimed after nine days will be considered for adoption.

If you choose to have the animal remain in your care, please be a considerate neighbor and do the following out of courtesy to worried owners:

If You Are Surrendering a Pet

**SPECIAL NOTICE** If you are surrendering a DOG to the shelter now through February 21, 2019 - please CALL (808) 877-3680 ext. 3 first.

We realize surrendering your pet is a very difficult decision and we understand that there are times when keeping a pet is just not possible. If you have made the decision to surrender your pet to the Maui Humane Society, please review our guidelines for surrendering a pet.

PO Box 1047, Puunene, HI 96784
Operating Hours: 11am to 6pm, 7 Days a Week
(808) 877-3680


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