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.
Hawaii News Now: After months of rehab, dog attacked with machete is ready to find his forever home!
WAILUKU (HawaiiNewsNow) – A Maui judge has denied a woman’s request to be released from jail after she allegedly attacked a dog with a machete. The 7-year-old dog, named Tommy Boy, suffered severe injuries and is still in an animal hospital. He underwent more than five hours of emergency surgery back in August. Maui Humane Society said bone-deep gashes were left from the dogs face all the way to the tip of his tail, which was ultimately amputated.
Hawaii Public Radio: Maui Humane Society’s kennels have been over capacity for more than a year.
The shelter is overcapacity due to the high surrender and stray intake rates that spiked because of the pandemic.
Workers say there’s an especially large surge of dogs.
The Maui Humane Society will offer a free vaccine clinic for rabbits from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. July 23 after the first case of a viral rabbit disease was discovered on the island last month.
Maui (KITV4) : Maui Humane Society seeking rabbit and guinea pig adopters; providing free rabbit vaccine clinic
The Maui Humane Society is offering a free rabbit vaccine clinic, in light of a recent influx of rabbit, and guinea pig, surrenders — and the recent confirmed case of rabbit hemorrhagic disease in a Maui farm rabbit.
A substantial surrender increase in the number of guinea pigs and rabbits has been received over the past four weeks by the Maui Humane Society. The nonprofit organization reports it’s “unlike anything they have seen before.”
Maui Humane Society will also join shelters nationwide for the National Foster Pet Open House event by inviting the public to visit the shelter on Saturday, June 25 and 26 at 11:30 a.m. for an interactive foster meet-and-greet party for two-and four-legged friends. Those who attend will learn about the types of fostering available (long term, short term, emergency), meet available foster dogs, cats, kittens and critters, and can leave with a foster animal that day.
In efforts to humanely control the growing pet population on Maui, there will be a program to provide free spay and neuter clinics in Hana. Maui Humane Society partnered with Greater Good Charities Good Fix to provide free clinics from June 9 through June 12.
Puppies, kittens, and bunnies are all in need of a good home as humane societies across the island are filling up. Abandonment and surrendering of pets are a big reason why the humane societies are full, and this is due to people downsizing and moving houses. Katie Shannon from the Maui Humane Society said finding animal approved housing is “so so difficult and the housing that is allowed to have an animal at is so expensive that it’s really not obtainable for a large part of the population.”
Katie Shannon, Director of Marketing & Communications sat with Susie Thieman, Maui Non Profit Directors radio show to discuss a variety of topics including Empty the Shelters, Fostering, Wags to Riches, Spay & Neuter appointments, what to do if you lose a pet or find a stray, and events happening in May