The Maui Humane Society’s 2024 Pet Calendar Photo Contest is back. Donations from the contest are used to help shelter animals at the Maui Humane Society. This year’s theme is “Aloha Spirit” and pet owners are encouraged to share why “we’re lucky to live in Hawaii.” All entries are required to be submitted horizontally.
HONOLULU (KITV4) — Shelters across the state and the nation are urgently looking for foster homes to help with overcrowding in their facilities. Maui Humane Society says it is also in a similar crisis, with over 130 dogs in care and only 40 kennels. For the first time in years, it too may have to euthanize animals due to extreme overcrowding.
Overcrowding at Maui Humane Society has staff putting out a desperate plea to the public. KITV4 speaks with Jenny Miller, interim CEO, “This is unprecedented, the increase of intake year over year is crazy, the number of strays coming in is really high, there’s no rhyme or reason with the summer months, and our last option is to reach out to the public with a real plea and ask if anyone can help us.”
There’s another animal overpopulation issue on Maui. Maui Humane Society says it’s actually a guinea pig and rabbit problem, and right now, has over 50 of the small animals. It has capacity for only 20.
During the pandemic, animal shelters like the Maui Humane Society are experiencing an uptick in owner surrenders and stray intakes.
“The amount of impact she has had on our organization and for our community’s animals can not be measured enough, we would not be where we are today without her. Dr. Kim has been a steady, dedicated advocate for our shelter and community animals,” said Director of Veterinary Services, Kelly Maguire.