Maui Humane Society’s mission is to protect and save the lives of Maui’s animals, accepting all in need, educating the community, and inspiring respect and compassion towards all animals.


Our Story


The Maui Humane Society, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, was first established as a non-profit in 1953, incorporated in 1962 and is the only scheduled admission animal shelter on the island of Maui. Our mission is “to protect and save the lives of Maui’s animals, accepting all in need, educating the community, and inspiring respect and compassion towards all animals”.

Our exceptional staff are passionate, devoted to our mission and have cultivated an organizational culture that fosters collaboration and problem-solving. With strong leadership and strategic vision, The organization’s innovative programs are saving more lives than ever before and enhancing the quality and availability of animal welfare services on Maui.

Our motto is ‘We Love Saving Lives’ – and we are dedicated to maximizing positive outcomes for our shelter animals through adoption, transfer into adoption-guaranteed care, and reuniting lost pets with their people. Maui Humane Society’s facility undergoes regular improvements to ensure that our shelter is a welcoming, family-friendly place for people to visit, adoptvolunteer and shop to support the care of our shelter animals. Enrichment programs like Dog Playgroups, Beach Buddies and the Volunteer Foster Program help us to identify and respond to the medical and behavioral needs of each individual animal in our care, increasing their chances of adoption. The Hope Fund makes it possible for many of these animals to receive life-saving medical treatment above and beyond what is normally possible, and our Wings of Aloha transfer program saved 870 animals just last year by placing them into adoption-guaranteed care in Washington and Oregon.

These combined efforts have made it possible for Maui Humane Society to boast a 98.6% Live Release Rate (LRR) for dogs, and 82.2% LRR for cats in the 2018-2019 fiscal year.

Maui Humane Society works in partnership with Maui’s public and private sectors to serve our community. Our veterinary team provides year-round, no (or low) cost spay/neuter services, serving approximately 6,000 animals and their families in the last fiscal year. Our outreach-oriented Humane Enforcement Officers provide 24/7 Animal Emergency Response and Animal Management Services for the County of Maui and in the event of a disaster, MHS works in partnership with the Red Cross and Maui County Civil Defense to provide pet-friendly emergency shelter locations. Our staff is also authorized to provide veterinary inspections for the State of Hawai’i’s Quarantine Direct Release Program at Kahului Airport.

Maui Humane Society also partners with schools, community organizations and both local and national animal advocacy groups to offer a variety of Humane Education programs with the goal of providing Maui’s residents with the resources they need to be informed animal welfare advocates and responsible pet owners.

Part of Maui Humane Society’s fundamental mission and core values are to treat people and animals with deep respect, compassion, kindness and Aloha. This ‘Aloha spirit’ is reflected in the excellent care and love each shelter animal receives. Whether they are facilitating a happy reunion, helping a family find the perfect match, or helping you say goodbye to a best friend, MHS staff are dedicated to responding to the needs of our community with sensitivity and compassion.


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