For Immediate Release


(PUUNENE, HI) – MARCH 18, 2019 –  Maui Humane Society today announced it has recently received a $135,000 grant from PetSmart Charities, the leading funder of animal welfare in North America, to help continue to fuel its spay and neuter efforts on Maui.  With the help of this donation, the organization will be able to continue to offer subsidized low cost spay and neuter services to Maui County residents.

Since 2016, Maui Humane Society’s Community Spay/Neuter Program has been able to provide subsidized spay and neuter surgeries to the Maui Community thanks to grant funding. A total of 21,782 animals have benefited from the Maui Humane Society Spay/Neuter program since then.

“We’re very grateful for the generous grant from PetSmart Charities,” said Jerleen Bryant, CEO, Maui Humane Society. “This grant will allow us to continue our work to decrease the number of homeless animals on Maui through our aggressive spay and neuter efforts.”

PetSmart Charities aims to proactively prevent pet homelessness. Since 1994, the organization has granted more than $100 million to support spay and neuter efforts across the United States.

“Maui Humane Society is a trusted community partner and continues to make tremendous strides in making spay/neuter services accessible,” said Deborah Turcott, acting president of PetSmart Charities. “We are proud to continue supporting this important work and look forward to seeing the positive impact it has on Maui’s pet population.”

For more information about Maui Humane Society, please visit or call (808) 877-3680 ext. 3 to make an appointment for your pet to be spayed or neutered.



About Maui Humane Society
Maui Humane Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, serving the community for over 60 years and is Maui’s only open admission shelter. 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 toward all animals. Each year the Maui Humane Society helps thousands of animals, taking in over 6,300 animals to the shelter and serving many times that number through community outreach programs. Equally important, through the many programs and services offers, MHS provides support for Maui’s approximately 90,000 pet owners as well as Animal Management Services for the County of Maui.


About PetSmart Charities®
PetSmart Charities, Inc. is committed to finding lifelong, loving homes for all pets by supporting programs and thought leadership that bring people and pets together. Through its in-store adoption program in all PetSmart® stores across the U.S. and Puerto Rico, PetSmart Charities helps to find forever homes and families for more than 500,000 shelter pets each year. PetSmart Charities also provides grant funding to nonprofits aligned with its mission under key areas of support. Each year, millions of generous PetSmart shoppers help pets in need by donating to PetSmart Charities using the PIN pads at checkout registers inside PetSmart stores. In turn, PetSmart Charities efficiently uses more than 90 cents of every dollar donated to fulfill its role as the leading funder of animal welfare in North America, granting nearly $400 million since its inception in 1994. Independent from PetSmart Inc., PetSmart Charities is a 501(c)(3) organization that has received the Four-Star Rating from Charity Navigator, a third-party organization that reports on the effectiveness, accountability and transparency of nonprofits, for the past 15 years in a row – placing it among the top one percent of charities rated by this organization. To learn more visit

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Media Contacts:
Nancy Willis
Director of Development & Community Outreach
Maui Humane Society
(808) 877-3680
[email protected]

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