Wings of Aloha Transfer Program

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Every year, Maui Humane Society accepts over 7,000 animals.

The Wings of Aloha program was created to fly pets to the mainland where there are animal welfare partners and new owners waiting for Maui's homeless pets.

Believe it or not there are animal welfare groups on the mainland who don't struggle with pet overpopulation or lack of adopters the way we do on Maui! The Wings of Aloha Program encourages a strong working partnership with these welfare groups, provides the highest standard for the health and safety of our shelter pets, and gives them the second chance at a long and cherished life that they truly deserve by transferring animals to adoption guaranteed rescues and shelters. Maui Humane Society is committed to saving more lives and can do so by relocating some of our animals to places where there is a higher demand for adoptable dogs and cats.

Because all of our pets must travel by air, this program is logistically more expensive to sustain than other types of transfer programs in the states. Transporting each animal is an expense that we cannot afford on our own.

View a PDF version of our Wings of Aloha Brochure

Wings of Aloha – Frequently Asked Questions

What does the Wings of Aloha Fund pay for?
The Wings of Aloha Fund covers the flight expenses of our shelter pets and the cost of returning air kennels to the shelter. Entirely funded by community contributions, it is only one of many efforts made by Maui Humane Society to improve the lives of Maui’s homeless pets. 

Why isn’t this money spent on finding homes locally?
Every effort possible is being made to find forever homes locally, but there are simply not enough available adopters on the island to re-home the thousands of adoptable pets we receive every year. Public education and spaying and neutering pets are long term solutions to this problem, but meanwhile Maui Humane Society is also committed to saving the lives of our shelter pets, today, in any way possible. While we do transfer locally and to other islands, their space is equally limited. Our only other option, due to the fact that we are an island community, is to transfer animals by air to shelters or rescues on the mainland. Our airline partners have generously offered us discounts, but transfer by air is still costly- which is why we rely entirely on community support to keep Wings of Aloha in the air!

How are animals chosen for Wings of Aloha program?
There are several factors we consider when choosing animals for the Wings of Aloha program. In general, we give priority to dogs and cats that have been with us at the shelter the longest, but for whatever reason are not being adopted. While all our animals receive the highest standard of care, some dogs and cats just don’t thrive in the shelter environment and start to exhibit behavioral symptoms over time. If foster care is not available for them locally, transferring them to rescues on the mainland where they will be cared for in a foster home setting is crucial to their well-being.

Where do the animals get sent?
Our Wings of Aloha pets are currently being transferred to participating partners in Washington State and Oregon. If you are involved in a rescue or foster program and would like to partner with Maui Humane Society for the Wings of Aloha program, please contact our Transfer Coordinator at  (808) 877-3680 ext. 221 or email

How often are animals transferred through Wings of Aloha?
From July 2015 to June 2016, Maui Humane Society transferred 573 animals through our Wings of Aloha program - though this number fluctuates dependent on a number of factors that include fund availability, passenger availability and whether or not our rescue partners can take our shelter pets.

Which airlines are partnered with Wings of Aloha?
Alaska Airlines and Hawaiian Airlines are currently offering us discounted rates for animal transfers. Alaska offers us a discount for pets flying with ticketed passengers and both Alaska and Hawaiian Airlines give us a discount when we fly pets as cargo.  A BIG MAHALO TO THESE AIRLINES FROM ALL OF US HERE AT MAUI HUMANE SOCIETY!

View a List of Current Wings of Aloha Airline and Rescue Partners

What can I do to support Wings of Aloha program?

The Wings of Aloha program is entirely supported by donations from the you, our community- so the best way to help is to DONATE! While many choose to ‘sponsor’ a dog or cat by donating increments of $200 (the average cost of sending an animal), every little bit helps us to keep Wings of Aloha off the ground.  

  • Provide temporary foster care for a Wings of Aloha animal. Once a Wings of Aloha animal is selected, they can be transferred into foster care until the date they are scheduled to fly to their destination, which creates immediate space at the shelter for other homeless pets in need. If you are interested in becoming a Wings of Aloha foster parent, contact us and let us know! 
  • Donate airline-approved air kennels of all sizes (we particularly need large sizes). The more kennels we have, the more we can send at one time! If you have an air kennel you would like to donate, give our Transfer Coordinator a call at (808) 877-3680 ext. 221 or email

When I donate to Wings of Aloha, how much of it goes directly to the animal?
Currently, every cent donated to the Wings of Aloha fund goes toward our animals’ flight expenses, including the return of air kennels (which costs an average of $50, but is still cheaper than buying new air kennels after each transfer). In the future, we hope that eventually the Wings of Aloha will cover expenses that the shelter is currently absorbing, such as staff time spent on transfers (which is significant), and fuel.

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Do you have other questions about Wings of Aloha that are not addressed on this page?
E-mail your questions to or call (808) 877-3680 ext. 221– we’ll do our best to answer them!

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