Tue, August 15, 2023 at 10:39 AM HST
Maui Humane Society Claims Roughly 3,000 Pets Were Lost and Displaced From Fires, Here’s How to Help
The country’s deadliest wildfire ripped through the island of Maui last week, leaving homes destroyed and towns turned into ash. The death toll reached 99 and hundreds of others have been displaced by the disaster. Among the displaced are pets.
The Maui Humane Society estimates nearly 3,000 pets were lost or displaced by the fires. According to an August 15 article from MauiNow, the Humane Society received 367 reports of lost pets, with more coming in daily. TikTok user @thewildest, a pet advice platform, posted a noteworthy clip on how you can help.
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This is so heartbreaking. We can’t even imagine how devastated and confused these animals have been both during the horrific wildfires and the aftermath. The animal shelter has received 52 animals from Lahaina, a historic Maui town that was completely burned to the ground. Twelve of those animals are hospitalized in the facility’s clinic with injuries. Another eight have, luckily, been reunited with their families, but the shelter is working constantly to reunite more pets and owners during this trying time.
Those who have information about a missing or found pet are asked to upload it to PetcoLoveLost. Animal disaster response teams are collecting stray or deceased to check for ID and microchips to hopefully identify their owners. They also set up feeding and water stations for animals who might be hiding and are too scared to come out.
There are plenty of ways you can help too. If you’re local and are able to, fostering an animal will greatly help the shelters as hundreds and hundreds of lost pets are getting brought in with burns or illnesses. And for those of us that aren’t local, you can help by sending donations or purchasing items on the shelter’s Amazon wishlist. A little bit can go a long way. Sending our thoughts and prayers to the island during this time.