Taking it by Storm(y)

June 28, 2022

Stormy’s owner came to Maui Humane Society to seek assistance for his young pup, who had a belly full of something she thought was very tasty at the time…but turned into a large ball of Gorilla Glue! The large mass of glue filled almost her entire stomach, and weighed one pound! Knowing that Stormy was in danger, Stormy’s owner surrendered her to Maui Humane Society, as this was his only means of getting Stormy the life saving surgery she needed. But, we knew the best path for Stormy was to get fixed up and back to her loving home. The life saving service provided to Stormy by our Vet Staff was made possible in part by a grant from PetSmart Charities, whose funds go directly toward helping pets and those who love them through our Access to Care program! The surgery was a great success, and Stormy was reunited with her loving owner.

Stormy's XRay

Linda is Pawsome

June 21, 2022

Linda came to us as a stray in December last year, riddled with skin issues, lumps and bumps, and 1 broken heart. No one came to claim this sweet certified-senior nugget, but she wasted no time wiggling her booty into all the staff’s hearts! During her stay with us all her lumps and bumps were successfully removed, skin issues were resolved, but her heart still needs to find a safe place to call home.

If you ask any of our staff, they can tell you that she is by far a staff favorite, and that it is completely absurd that she hasn’t been adopted yet! She became quite the established Beach Buddy before she found a foster home. Maybe fate is waiting for her perfect match, but we hope she finds it soon! She is so deserving of her very own Ohana, and has waited so patiently. Could you be the happy ending to this girl’s story?

Lovable & adorable things Linda excels at:

  1. Rolling around on grass, sand, in your car and especially on your heart…..
  2. Drinking from a water bottle stream aka “waterfalling” like a pro, it’s her party trick claim to fame folks!
  3. Dressing up! Linda is all about “the look.” Whether it be sunglasses, leis, or hats! Anything goes, and Linda is ALWAYS down to make a good impression.
  4. Having the maturity and sense of a senior, with the playfulness and spunk of a younger pup if the adventure calls for it!
  5. Being wherever you are, couch not excluded… girl enjoys the slower things in life if that’s what you enjoy!

Don’t take our word for it, watch the video of Linda trekking around Maui with 2 of her favorite shelter staff members, and stealing hearts as she goes! Linda is currently in Foster, so if you think she could be the one, give us a call and schedule a time to meet her! Believe us, she has been waiting for you. We hope to be posting here about her adoption pup-date SOON…. Please adopt Linda!

Linda Rolling on the sand
Rafiki says "I do" to furever
Ariel, Rafiki & Andy

Rafiki says “I do” to furever

June 14, 2022

Ariel and her fiancée Andy saw Rafiki at Maui Humane Society when they were here on vacation from Washington in 2019. He’d been surrendered, returned twice from potential adopters, and couldn’t seem to find the right place to call home. Rafiki flew to Seattle Humane Society on our Wings of Aloha Program, which is when Robin, a long time supporter of Maui Humane Society, learned about his travels. She immediately informed her daughter Ariel, who had fallen in love with Rafiki while on her vacation. Ariel and Andy ran down to Seattle Humane Society and filled out the adoption papers, before Rafiki stepped a paw into Washington! As soon as Rafiki arrived, they picked him up, and helped him through his insecurities, building confidence with each treat. Eventually he learned to trust his new, loving and patient Ohana! Here’s what Ariel has to say about Rafiki:

“We brought him home on January 18th, 2019 and it was the best decision ever! He is the sweetest, smartest, most loving boy, and has really come so so far in the time we have had him. When we first adopted him, he was scared of literally everything, and really struggled when being left home alone. Fast forward 3+ years, and he is a totally different dog! He is super playful, still scared of some things (but not nearly as much!), and can totally be left home without mom and dad. He loves going for walks and hikes with his parents, playing tug-o-war, and sleeping right in-between mom and dad in their bed when they let him in!

He recently became a big brother to his cat sister Muffy, who we adopted from the Maui Humane Society last June. Rafiki adores his sister Muffy, and they are truly best friends! We can’t imagine life without our fur children, and we love them both to pieces!”

Rafiki was a part of Ariel & Andy’s special day in early May, of this year and said “I do” right along with his amazing pawents, to furever. Congratulations to Ariel, Andy, Rafiki & Muffy on a happy life all together!


Fostering Saves Lives: Honey-Girl and Jim’s Journey

April 8, 2022

Meet Honey Girl! Honey Girl came to us a month ago in rough shape- she was hungry, nervous and it was clear she had not been given the love she deserved. Despite that, she was as sweet as her name! She slowly started coming out of her shell here at the shelter until Jim decided he would take a chance on her! Jim fostered her for a week and completely fell in love! “I don’t want to jinx it, but she is the best foster I have ever had!”

Jim helped us learn so much about how amazing Honey Girl is in a home! She is playful, smart, a little cheeky and a quick learner! She is crate trained and will go there when she knows she has been mischievous (who can blame her for wanting to taste test table food!). Honey Girl will soon be flying with our Wings Of Aloha Program. Jim not only gave Honey Girl a much needed break from the shelter, he provided in depth information to share with our transfer partner. This will help Honey Girl find her furever home!

Mahalo Jim for caring for Honey Girl and finally giving her the love she deserves! If you are interested in joining our foster family, please click here Foster Program – Maui Humane Society

Honey Girl and Jim

From Paralyzed to Purrrfect: Luisa Madrigal

March 25, 2022

Finding a cat laying in your yard, unable to move is a frightening experience. Thanks to a Lahaina resident’s action, this beautiful kitty was brought to us for the care she so desperately needed.

Dr. Fitzpatrick wasn’t 100% sure this 2 year old kitty was going to make it, but she knew we had to try to save her.

If only animals could talk, we would be able to ask her what had happened to cause her to be paralyzed. There was no physical trauma or obvious symptoms to explain what was happening to her.

Thanks to the “Hope Fund” our vet staff performed various treatments to test a range of possible causes: to offer her the best chance at survival.

Day after day, she became stronger and stronger. Which is how she came to be named Luisa Madrigal, after the popular character in the film Encanto; famous for her incredible strength.

While she was clearly out of the woods, Luisa Madrigal still had a ways to go. Thanks to our Volunteer Program, we were able to send her home with foster extraordinaire, Robin, to continue her progress in a stress-free environment. And boy did she!

Here’s the an update from Luisa’s Foster mom, Robin:

“Luisa was picked up as a stray, so her background is unknown. After fostering her for a few weeks it’s clear that she’s had a family. She is friendly, but independent. She is super low key, very chill. Her favorite activity is long cozy naps. She doesn’t have much interest in toys, but she is always up to have her chin and cheeks rubbed or the base of her tail scratched.

She has a very quiet purr, but if you listen closely you can hear her happiness. She enjoys her wet food, but pretty much ignores her kibbles. She has been in my house with my senior, small dog, she will hiss at him occasionally, but they pretty much just ignore each other.

Luisa is such a sweet gal, I think she will blossom with her new family that gives her time to acquaint herself and get comfortable with her surroundings.”

Just one month after first meeting this strong survivor, Luisa Madrigal has completely bounced back and is finally ready to find her happily ever after! If you think you might like to meet this amazing lady, please stop by the shelter today!

If you’d like to make an immeasurable impact on a shelter animal and help save more lives, please consider joining our Foster Team, or donating to our Hope Fund! Thanks to kind folks like YOU, these life-saving outcomes are possible each and every day! ❤️

Dusty: From Spay to Life-Saving Surgery

January 21, 2022

Dusty was dying on the table during her spay surgery. Dr. Gaines & Dr. KTK realized that her diaphragm, which is supposed to separate the chest from the belly, had a hole in it, so they launched an emergency surgery. (This is called a diaphragmatic hernia.) They saw that her liver & intestines were in her chest, compressing her lungs. The doctors were able to close the hole of the diaphragm and placed her internal organs where they belong! With such a major surgery, they weren’t sure she was going to make it through the next 24 hours. Dr. Gaines monitored Dusty throughout the night to ensure she was breathing properly.

Now, there’s a lot more to the story, but all you need to know is that vet staff made in-the-moment decisions that saved this cat’s life. Various vet staff were actually breathing for the cat while it was on the table. Mahalo to vet staff, Dr. Gaines & Dr. KTK for your life-saving decisions!

Healthy Java Chip
Ashley & Java Chip
Java Chip Eyes Shut
Java Chip Cone

Java Chip’s Eye Opening Story of Survival

January 7, 2022

Barely 7 weeks old, little Java Chip was found in Kahului and brought to us one night in September 2020. Not even weighing a pound, eyes crusted shut, infested with fleas, injured, cold and hungry, Java Chip was in dire need of help. Lucky for her, former MHS Foster Tech, Ashley, decided she could give her just the TLC she needed to make it through.

Here’s the recent update she shared with us about how Java Chip is doing now!

“Java came to me as an extremely sick kitten with bite wounds present on her neck. Her eyes were severely swollen shut, she was dehydrated and malnourished. She was found walking in the middle of the road and was brought to the shelter after most of the staff had left. I’m so thankful every single day that she came when she did.”

Java Chip Cone

Thanks to the Hope Fund, Java Chip was able to get the surgeries and ongoing medical care she needed to live a normal life!

“After months of fostering (we’re talking 4 to be exact), she went from being a literal disaster, to a bright and beautiful girl with a bewitching personality.

My plan from the start had always been to put her up for adoption when she was ready. I already had 4 cats of my own at the time. But when the time came, I just couldn’t bear the thought of giving her away. It was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made, even with her constant sinus issues

Healthy Java Chip
Ashley & Java Chip

For injured and sick shelter animals like Java Chip, our Foster Program plays a crucial role in helping them get the care they need to live happy healthy lives!

“Luckily, I was able to take her home and devote weeks of care to try to nurse her back to health. Her ravenous appetite showed me that she wanted to fight for a chance at life right from the start, though I did have to syringe feed her as she couldn’t smell her food on her own being so congested. After two weeks, her eyes were still sealed shut and swollen.

I consulted with my vet and we decided to try surgically cutting her eyelids open. Lots of pus shot out of her eyes (kinda gross, I know!) and I was so afraid her eyes had ruptured. Fortunately that was not the case. After a full course of eye medication, I discovered that she had dazzling jade green eyes. Only to then find out that she also had a condition where her eyelids were curved in, leading to her eyelashes constantly rubbing against her eyes. She had to undergo surgery yet again to correct this.“

Java Chip Eyes Shut

She’s brought me so much love and joy,  despite the fact that she only cuddles with me by placing her paw on my arm and loves to knock over my cup of water any chance she gets. Java has blessed me in so many ways and I can’t imagine a day without her 💕


The Tail of Two Cody’s

December 31, 2021

2021 was quite a year for so many of us, including senior shelter dog Cody. He started it off by finally being adopted after waiting for 66 days at the shelter. Sadly, he was returned just 11 days later after the sheep next door were a little too tempting for him and they knew it was a recipe for disaster. 

As months and months went by, we promoted Cody dozens and dozens of times hoping the right home would come along.  Cody was very unhappy to be in the kennels and therefore unable to show his best, dapper self to the visitors that stopped by to meet him.  This stress began causing him to be heightened and bark aggressively at passersby, be they 2 or 4 legged. This meant that often when he was here at the shelter, Cody would be need to be in the back where he wasn’t able to be seen by potential adopters unless they asked for him. Sadly, when someone finally would request those meetings, they were never a match. Cody was just not connecting with anyone that was interested in adopting him.

Foster Parent, Bob and Cody

After a few months it was finally time for the two Codys (who now jokingly refer to themselves as Maui Cody and Olympia Cody ) to meet. We were all unsure how the stress of flying would affect our sweet senior. Olympia Cody was ready with his tips from Jasmine and his slip lead in hand as the crate opened; ready for whatever was going to come his way. When Maui Cody came out, he immediately bonded to his new proud papa.  Who recently told us “He really seems to be meant for me.” Now they start their day with long walks, then Maui Cody makes himself comfortable around the house during the day, becomes Olympia Cody’s shadow in the evenings before they both finally hop in bed at night. Although Maui Cody usually makes his way to his own dog bed once “dad’s” asleep.

Here’s a cool (literally in more ways than one) update we recently received about first 2 weeks in Washington!

 “Maui Cody’s latest napping spot after a couple mile walk is next to me on the sofa with blankets is the best place to warm up :)”

Cody & Cody

” Thank goodness he has gotten used to the snow as we have 6 inches on the ground and are supposed to get more tonight. It doesn’t bother him at all now.

He’s a wonderful dog and is doing great. Thanks to all of you who’ve taken care of him the last 13+ months. I think he finally found his forever home.

I just want you all who have invested time in him that he’s doing very well.” – Olympia Cody


Cody’s big reliefs would come from our amazing Foster Homes that gave Cody a combined break of 7 months (233 Days) throughout the 13 months (397 Days) he was in our care. With a whopping 5 of those months (152 Days) spent on and off with his favorite foster Bob, who gave Cody the love, patience and stability he so craved. The much needed time Bob gave him out of the shelter helped save Cody’s health and his sanity, which in turn certainly saved his life too.

Finally, after 241 days, out of desperation we begged the community for help. We’d tried so many photo shoots, fun videos, sad stories and even a silly infomercial to spotlight Cody.

Then one day, another Cody called us. One all the way from the Pacific Northwest that felt they could help. Several months after the last of his senior dogs had passed he was ready for a new friend and was looking up “older hard to place shelter dogs”  online when Cody’s profile came up. After reading his Bio and watching his video on our website, Cody felt that he just might be the right home for Cody.  And boy was he!

Our Behavior Coordinator, Jasmine, began working with both Codys to make arrangements for this big journey. 

Cody in Blankets
Image of Snow

Mahalo to the Dave & Cheryl Duffield Foundation supporting the Wings of Aloha program to help make this adoption successful!

A Christmas Miracle

December 22, 2021

The children sat solemnly around the Christmas tree,
How could they spend a Christmas without Fluffy on their knee?

As their laps fell cold and their tears dried,
4 years passed but their hope of Fluffy’s return never left their side.

Mischievous white little Fluffy has had quite the adventure,
But he and his family desired only to be together.

“Are you lost little one? Do you like treats?”
A finder protected him who found him in the street.

A call to Maui Humane Society and Officer Riggs arrived on the double,
Let’s scan his microchip, could we get him out of trouble?

“I can’t believe it! Our Fluffy? But it’s been 4 years!”
And all of the family’s worries disappeared.

Jump in the car! A race down to MHS,
A reunited family, a moment that words cannot express.

The joy, the excitement, it was nearly unbearable,
The importance of a microchip, simply a Christmas miracle.

The Container Puppies

“Sending You My Best Friend”

December 10, 2021

Bob Voight sat in his doctor’s office waiting for a prognosis after being seen by a Cardiologist. 76 year old Bob had lost 40 pounds and become despondent since his beloved dog Bully died unexpectedly. Bully was the quintessential example of “man’s best friend,” he was Bob’s shadow. Every day, Bully and Bob worked at his hotdog food truck located at a local beach known for great surfing. The two were inseparable and now Bob felt like he was dying of a broken heart.

The doctor’s order was clear, Bob was told to get another dog. No medicine, no further testing needed, the only way that Bob would mend his heart would be through the love of a new best friend.

While Bob was staunchly opposed to the idea, his wife Dee thought otherwise. She decided to visit Maui Humane Society when she noticed an adoptable dog that looked just like Bully, in fact the resemblance was uncanny. The adoption was an instant decision and Dee gave the dog a new name, Bobo.

Upon entering their home to meet Bob, Bobo immediately took Bob’s hand in his mouth and wagged his tail with a warm greeting. There was a familiarity with this dog that Bob couldn’t pinpoint. Bobo was a natural at the food truck, behavior that continued to indicate that there was something uncanny about this dog. Bob asked what Bobo’s former name had been before Dee changed it and the answer left him stunned.

The dog was Polu, Bully’s best dog friend whose owner ran the banana bread food truck a few doors down from Bob’s Hotdogs. The dogs played together every day at the beach for years. Polu had been surrendered when his owner was facing some personal issues that interfered with the life he wanted Polu to have. For the sake of Polu, he made the heartbreaking decision to give him up in hopes that someone else could provide the care he deserved. 

With this knowledge, Bob phoned Polu’s former owner who cried tears of happiness at the news of this incredible chance. From hereon in, Bob’s whole world began to change for the better. It is Bob’s belief that Bully had a part in sending Polu to give Bob the will to live and love another dog. Polu was at Bob’s side every day from that moment on and he cherished the relationship that was slowly mending his broken heart. Beyond the internal healing, Bob now had motivation to be active and regularly walk Polu, something he credits with his physical health improving.

Bob’s depression and inability to eat lessened as their bond strengthened. Polu, a big lumbering goofball, became a never ending source of laughter for Bob who took great delight in responding to his antics and tennis ball demands. Polu is Bob’s constant sidekick who refuses to be out of his sight… and vice versa. With Bob at age 78 and Polu at 8, their speed is matched and Bob finds comfort in growing old with his best friend. “Had it not been for Polu coming into my life when he did,” said Bob, “I would be dead. I keep a picture of Bully in my pocket and thank him for sending me his best friend to save my life.”

The Container Puppies: Tragedy to Triumph

November 18, 2021

A closed shut plastic container sat sitting in the hot sun amongst the organized chaos of Feral Cat Monday on November 2, 2020, as no one knew who it was for or what was in it.

One of our legendary volunteers, Michelle, opened the plastic container and felt a wave of panic as she registered what was in front of her: 6 puppies. ‘The Container Puppies’ were brought through intake and tragically, it was too late for two of them.

The surviving four puppies weighed less than a pound each, had various amounts of worms and treatable health issues. They were named after Despicable Me characters: Gru, Agnes, Margo and Edith. Edith suffered a seizure during intake. These puppies were survivors but weren’t out of the clear yet. Only being ~6 weeks old, they needed a couple weeks of fostering in order to ensure they were healthy enough for adoption. As you can imagine, they were adopted in a heartbeat.

Fast forward a year and we have 4 healthy, hysterical, high-energy puppies living across Maui: Jack (formerly Gru), Gertrude (formerly Agnes), Onyx (formerly Margo) and Kirribilli (formerly Edith). All the adoption ohanas provided pupdates over the past year to show how their happy, intelligent pups have been growing. We are so ecstatic to be able to share the pawsitive side of this initially tragic story.

Humane Enforcement Officer, Denise Riggs reviewed the shelter’s security footage and was able to identify an individual who allegedly abandoned the puppies. The suspect was charged with six counts of State Cruelty to Animals and six counts of Animal Abandonment.

Dumping animals is illegal and although the intention may have been ‘good’, there are humane ways to surrender animals. Our website offers resources to help problem behaviors and we have programs like 4EverPets to help keep your animal at home. Although there is no fee to surrender your animal, it is required to make an appointment to surrender your animal. Please contact us if you need help – we’re here to help you!

Maui Now: Puppies Found in Sealed Container Left Outside Maui Shelter

The Container Puppies

Trixie & Katya: Two Kittens who underwent 7 Months of Treatment

November 11, 2021

These two adorable kittens were found in the parking lot of Longs in Kihei. They had almost been hit by cars, but were saved by a kind member of the public who dropped them off at Maui Humane Society. At the time, we had no idea the battle they were about to face…

While they appeared healthy on intake, it was later determined that they had ringworm. In some shelters, ringworm is a means for euthanasia, but at Maui Humane Society, we do whatever it takes to keep our animals alive and healthy! They underwent treatment for 7 months, but were struggling to get healthy. Their tests kept coming back positive, and we were worried they were resistant to treatment, which would have meant we would not be able to make them available for adoption in the unhealthy state they were in.

Many of our staff and volunteers were invested in Trixie and Katya and took them home to foster them, give them meds, and do all that they could to get them healthy. Finally, it worked. Their third test came back NEGATIVE! Thanks to our Hope Fund, Foster Ohanas and generous donors, we were able to treat them for that entire period of time and help them make a miraculous recovery. And now, we are beyond excited to share that Trixie and Katya were recently ADOPTED!

If you’d like to make an unforgettable impact on an animal and help save its life, please consider joining our Foster Team, making a general donation or donating to our Hope Fund! Mahalo for your support in saving animals like Trixie and Katya and giving them hope for a wonderful life. ❤️

The Wilson’s: Celebrating 2 years after 47 dogs were rescued from chains

November 5, 2021

Picard and Janeway (formerly Frank and Erin Wilson) came to MHS in October of 2019 as a part of a large scale seizure/impound case where MHS rescued a total of 47 dogs from the property over a period of a few months. At MHS, they received the medical attention and care they needed, but were still very scared and unsure of the world around them. Picard and Janeway were the most challenging “Wilson” dogs to be adopted due to the effects of their unsocialized and feral lives. Staff worked tirelessly and slowly over 6 months to earn their trust and learn to be touched and cared for.

Picard and Janeway stole the hearts of a volunteer who knew she could give the pups the love and support they needed. A year and a half later, Picard and Janeway are happy & much more confident pups. They have even paid their good fortune  forward by helping close to 40 other foster siblings on their way to find loving homes of their own.

Now that’s what we call a happily ever after!

Concerned about the welfare of an animal? Our Humane Enforcement Officers are available to the public 24/7 to act as law enforcers, educators, and facilitators. Call (808) 877-3680 ext. 222 to reach our Humane Enforcement Department. Your call could make a world of difference to an animal in need.

Wilsons Update

DJ: From Beach Buddy to So Much More…

October 29, 2021

Every time I tell a story about Maui, it includes talking about Ashes who we had on our first experience with Beach Buddies in 2016.

I was so excited in August when Beach Buddies was reinstated and we were able to get a spot on the last full day of our trip to Maui on October 1. When we arrived that day, Becca told us that we would be taking DJ on first day of Beach Buddies and would see what types of activities he liked. We took him to beaches, parks and on the sidewalks of the hotels on Wailea. He was well behaved in every environment and wanted to meet every person and dog in sight. He carried his Kong squeaky tennis ball on many of his walks. His day finished with a little vanilla ice cream and a nap in my lap on his way back to MHS.

Upon our return to MHS, we gave DJ back to a volunteer who had an Australian accent (we didn’t catch his name). I told him I think we failed because I fell in love with DJ and felt like he was such a good match for us. The volunteer said “we called that a success” and told me I probably gave DJ the best day ever. This made me think why can’t I make every day “DJ’s Best Day Ever.” Then, we briefly discussed adoption and bribing him to the mainland with Tucker.

We boarded our flight home to Chicago the next morning. I thought about, talked about and looked at pictures of DJ until I called MHS when they opened on Monday. I spoke with Kam who told me DJ was already part of the Wings of Aloha program. She was going to see what DJ’s options were. Part of me was devastated that I missed my chance of adopting DJ and part of me was relieved that he was destined to come to the four seasons (COLD) of the mainland. I no longer felt guilty about the chance of taking him from the warm weather and beaches (I wish I could move to Maui with him, instead of him coming to Illinois!). When Kam called me a few hours later and told me that I could adopt DJ, I burst into tears of joy and started figuring out his travel arrangements.

On Friday, my Hawaiian puppy was flying Alaskan Airlines to LAX. Adam and his mom picked DJ up at LAX and drove him to Las Vegas. DJ met family and friends before beginning his road trip to Illinois. After learning about hotels and road trips while driving through Nevada, Arizona, Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Illinois, DJ made it home!

DJ is getting used to living with a beagle and a dachshund in the cooler weather. He owns his first winter coat and several Kong squeaky tennis balls. He also has a bright green light up collar for his nighttime walks — which goes right along with his “life of the party” personality.  His favorite game is chasing (and catching) leaves blowing in the wind!

Thank you to everyone at MHS for all you do and especially to those who helped get DJ to his furever home!
Sarah, Adam, Cozmo, Maggie & DJ (@that_pup_dj)
Rafiki says "I do" to furever

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