The Maui News: This year’s Puppy Bowl will feature a local puppy named Elua, whose name means “two” in the Hawaiian language. The name reflects his status as the second puppy from Hawaii to participate in Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl, as well as his survival story, which involved two blood transfusions performed by Maui Humane Society veterinarians and veterinary staff.
Rescue dogs are overcrowding the Humane Societies of Maui and O’ahu. Whether it is because of apartments that are not pet-friendly or because a family is moving and unable to bring a part of their family with them, the shelters are in crisis. But, one rescue puppy has an amazing and inspiring story. Elua, a rescue puppy from Maui, has been selected to represent Hawai’i in Puppy Bowl XIX.
KITV: Maui Humane Society pup to play in the 2023 Puppy Bowl — as local shelters look to find furever homes
The Aloha State will be represented in the Puppy Bowl this year with Maui Humane Society’s persevering pup, Elua! Airing on Animal Planet on February 12 at 9am HST. Maui Humane Society is in urgent need of SOS Fosters for 105+ of their dogs. As their kennels only hold 40 dogs, the community can help by becoming an SOS Foster, which is completely free, all supplies provided and no experience needed.
Cindy Paulos talking story with Katie Shannon about Elua, the 2nd Hawaiian puppy in the Puppy Bowl, over 110 dogs in Maui Humane Society’s care means we need fosters! And MHS 3rd Fridays, where Maui Humane Society will be open until 7pm every 3rd Friday of the month, starting on February 17
HONOLULU (KITV4) — KITV4 Island News at 4 ends each newscast on a positive note: A Local rescue pup has made it into this years puppy bowl team. Elua, from the Maui Humane Society and will be competing in the big game!
KHON2: Maui Humane Society pup, Elua, to represent Hawai’i in Puppy Bowl XIX!
America’s beloved Puppy Bowl is back for its 18th year, and its contestants are ready to rumble. This Hawaiian “star” was born at the Maui Humane Society last year after her mother, who was badly wounded, was brought to the shelter just days prior. When Hoku was born, the American Staffordshire terrier and Catahoula Leopard Dog mix was timid but sweet after she grew more comfortable, and she was eventually put into a foster home.
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Hoku means “star” in Hawaiian. One of a litter of seven, Hoku is the first dog from Hawaii to appear in the Puppy Bowl. She now lives in the Norwalk home of Patrick and Maureen Shannon. The couple’s daughter, who is the marketing manager for Maui Humane Society, fostered the dog from eight weeks until October and talked her parents into adopting Hoku. It wasn’t difficult to persuade them.
A local rescue from the Maui Humane Society will be the first young pup ever from Hawaii to play in the Puppy Bowl, a fun animal sports competition as part of a “call-to-adoption” television event. “This helped her train for her big Puppy Bowl debut,” according to a news release. “Hoku was adopted by this same employee’s parents who live in Connecticut, so she has gone from island life to snow bunny life.”
As a member of Team Ruff, Hoku is the first Hawaiian dog to compete in Puppy Bowl. This American Staffordshire terrier/Catahoula leopard dog mix comes from the Maui Humane Society whose mission is “to protect and save the lives of Maui’s animals, accepting all in need, educating the community, and inspiring respect and compassion towards all animals.”