(Pu’unene 9/22/22) Maui Humane Society is urgently requesting the community’s help to provide homes and relief for dogs. Due to high surrender and stray intake rates, the shelter population has experienced a massive surge, resulting in kennels being over capacity. Maui Humane Society has kennel capacity for 40 dogs; the shelter is currently caring for 67, not including the 32 currently in foster homes.

“We need people to relieve dogs from the stressors of the shelter, but we’re also advising the public to avoid bringing in strays or surrenders, if it’s not an emergency,” stated Katie Shannon, Director of Marketing. “We are full and over capacity. We need the community to understand that the shelter should be the last option for the animal. If you find a stray animal, file a found report on our website, notify our Humane Enforcement Officers, and hold on to the animal if it’s safe in your home. The busier the shelter gets, the more stressful it is for the animals.”

In these moments of high population, Maui Humane Society has a program called “SOS Foster” which allows anyone to foster an animal without previous experience plus they receive the necessary supplies. There is no pressure to adopt through SOS Foster. Additionally, other ways the community can help is through adoption, Paws-to-Adopt (10-day adoption trial), Beach Buddies and our new Dog on Demand program.

Whether you are single or in a multi-family household, visiting Maui in dog-friendly accommodations, are a part-time resident, or are looking for a no-commitment pet, any and all availability and attention is appreciated.

All dogs on our website are available for “SOS Foster”, which can be viewed at https://www.mauihumanesociety.org/pet-adoption/pets-for-adoption. Maui Humane Society is located off Maui Veterans Highway and open from 11am-4pm.


Maui Humane Society is the island’s only open admission shelter, accepting all animals in need. The organization cares for over 4900 animals a year and offers high volume, low-cost spay/neuter surgeries to the public for owned pets. The shelter has a robust foster and volunteer program, transfers hundreds of animals through Wings of Aloha flights to adoption-guaranteed homes, practices TNR as a humane method of reducing the community cat population and provides food and supplies at no cost to disadvantaged pet owners through the 4EverPets community outreach program. Visit http://www.mauihumanesociety.org for more information.