The Maui News: Maui Humane Society accesses Lahaina burn zone to search for surviving animals

August 28, 2023

Maui County officials allowed the Maui Humane Society to access the Lahaina burn zone on Saturday afternoon in a coordinated search and rescue effort to find live animals, the humane society said.

Animal Search and Rescue/Animal Incident Management and Greater Good Charities trapping team joined Maui Humane Society humane enforcement efforts, who were escorted into the impacted areas. Teams focused on trapping animals that have been reported by the public and first responders immediately, focusing on remaining cat colonies and stray pets.

Maui Humane Society said in a news release Saturday afternoon that it is “committed to lifesaving and reunification efforts for all animals.”

Lahaina residents can call the Maui Humane Society’s lost pet hotline at (808) 877-3680, ext. 9. Reports can also be filed online at

The Puunene shelter has also been calling for assistance in fostering animals after the already full kennels began taking in more displaced animals. It is also taking donations of money and pet supplies for owners impacted by the recent fires.

Pet owners needing pet food and other supplies can go to Honokowai Beach Park from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Pet medical attention is also available at the Hyatt Regency at 200 Nohea Kai Dr. in Kaanapali from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Services include exams, microchips, medications, vaccines, deworming, flea medication and minor procedures.

For more information on assistance for pet owners or how to donate to relief efforts, visit

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