Wings of Aloha Transfer Program

The Wings of Aloha program was created to fly homeless animals on Maui to the mainland where there are animal welfare partners and new owners waiting for them with open arms. Believe it or not, there are animal welfare groups on the mainland who don’t struggle with pet overpopulation or lack of adopters the way we do on Maui! The Wings of Aloha Program encourages a strong working partnership with these welfare groups, provides the highest standard for the health and safety of our shelter pets, and gives them the second chance at a long and cherished life that they truly deserve by transferring animals to adoption guaranteed rescues and shelters. Maui Humane Society is committed to saving more lives and can do so by relocating some of our animals to places where there is a higher demand for adoptable dogs and cats.

 

Dave and Cheryl Duffield Foundation

The Dave & Cheryl Duffield Foundation has exclusively funded the entire Wings of Aloha program since 2017. Maui Humane Society is deeply grateful to the Dave & Cheryl Duffield Foundation for its generous support of our organization, and commitment to improving the lives of Maui’s dogs and cats.

How Wings of Aloha Saves Lives

Why fly shelter animals to the mainland?

Every effort possible is currently being made to find forever homes locally, but there are simply not enough available adopters on the island to re-home the thousands of adoptable pets we receive every year. Public education and spaying and neutering pets are long term solutions to this problem, but meanwhile Maui Humane Society is also committed to saving the lives of our shelter pets, today, in any way possible.

While we do transfer locally, space is equally limited. Our only other option, due to the fact that we are an island community, is to transfer animals by air to shelters or rescues on the mainland.

Who pays for these animals to be transferred on the Wings of Aloha program?
Since its inception, the Wings of Aloha program was a 100% donor-funded program. As of October 2017, the Maui Humane Society received a multi-year grant from the Dave & Cheryl Duffield Foundation to fully pay for all of the costs associated with this program through 2022. MHS is extremely grateful to the Dave & Cheryl Duffield Foundation for their generosity and for truly making a difference in the lives of Maui’s pets.

On October 28, 2020, Maui Humane Society participated in the LARGEST PET RESCUE FLIGHT in HISTORY, organized by Greater Good Charities! Over 600 animals from various Hawaiian islands were transported on the Hercules C130 plane. Maui Humane Society had 76 cats and 9 dogs onboard.

How are animals chosen for Wings of Aloha program?

There are several factors we consider when choosing animals for the Wings of Aloha program. In general, we give priority to dogs and cats that have been with us at the shelter the longest, but for whatever reason are not being adopted. While all our animals receive the highest standard of care, some dogs and cats just don’t thrive in the shelter environment and start to exhibit behavioral symptoms over time. If foster care is not available for them locally, transferring them to rescues on the mainland where they will be cared for in a foster home setting is crucial to their well-being.

Where do the animals get sent?

Our Wings of Aloha pets are currently being transferred to participating partners in Washington State, California, Oregon, and beyond! If you are involved with a rescue or foster program and would like to partner with Maui Humane Society’s Wings of Aloha program, please contact our Transfer Coordinator at  (808) 877-3680 ext. 3509 or email [email protected].

How often are animals transferred through Wings of Aloha?

From July 2019 to June 2020, Maui Humane Society transferred 514 animals through our Wings of Aloha program. That’s an average of 73 animals every month!

How can I support the Wings of Aloha program?

Maui Humane Society is always looking for temporary foster care for Wings of Aloha animals. Once an animal is selected for Wings of Aloha, they can be transferred into foster care until the date they are scheduled to fly to their destination, which creates immediate space at the shelter for other homeless pets in need. If you are interested in becoming a Wings of Aloha foster parent, contact us and let us know!

How can I help transport pets through Wings of Aloha?

Those flying from Maui to a West Coast city with Alaska Airlines can help by participating in MHS’ innovative program, Wings of Aloha: Alaska Angels! This program places pets traveling to their new homes on the continent with willing Alaska Airlines passengers who will chaperone their journey. Participation is easy, free, and saves the lives of Maui’s homeless pets.

Learn more!

How can rescue groups or foster programs on the continent help?

If you are involved with a rescue or foster program and would like to partner with Maui Humane Society’s Wings of Aloha program, please contact our Transfer Coordinator at  (808) 877-3680 ext. 3509 or email [email protected].

Maui Humane Society is excited to announce a new partnership with @alaskaair , Wings of Aloha: Alaska Angels! This program saves the lives of shelter animals, and we need your help to do it.

If you are flying out of Maui to a West Coast destination on Alaska Airlines, you can become an "Alaska Angel" by adding a pet to your ticket and chaperoning them to their new home on the continent. Pets will travel securely in Alaska Airlines’ climate-controlled cargo hold, and our transfer partner or adopter will pick them up directly from the airport. Best of all, helping is free and requires little time commitment.

We are fortunate enough to have committed transfer partners on the continent who have guaranteed adoption pathways for our animals... we just need your help getting them there! Learn more at mauihumanesociety.org/woa-aa or by using the link in bio.

#mauihumanesociety #wingsofaloha #alaskaairlines #welovesavinglives

Maui Humane Society is excited to announce a new partnership with @alaskaair , Wings of Aloha: Alaska Angels! This program saves the lives of shelter animals, and we need your help to do it.

If you are flying out of Maui to a West Coast destination on Alaska Airlines, you can become an "Alaska Angel" by adding a pet to your ticket and chaperoning them to their new home on the continent. Pets will travel securely in Alaska Airlines’ climate-controlled cargo hold, and our transfer partner or adopter will pick them up directly from the airport. Best of all, helping is free and requires little time commitment.

We are fortunate enough to have committed transfer partners on the continent who have guaranteed adoption pathways for our animals... we just need your help getting them there! Learn more at mauihumanesociety.org/woa-aa or by using the link in bio.

#mauihumanesociety #wingsofaloha #alaskaairlines #welovesavinglives
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Today, Maui Humane Society is hosting an ADOPTION DAY to honor Maddie on her Birthday! ALL ADOPTIONS ARE SPONSORED TODAY! That’s right ZERO adoption fees! It’s the puurfect day to bring home a new Ohana member! 

See who is available on our website!

“Maddie was a beloved Miniature Schnauzer whose unconditional love, loyalty and spirit inspired a revolution. Dave and Cheryl Duffield founded Maddie’s Fund® in 1994 to honor their delightfully feisty dog after successfully launching several technology companies. In their lifetime, they have given more of their personal wealth to animal welfare than any other individuals. All thanks to Maddie.”

Maui Humane Society is deeply grateful to the Dave & Cheryl Duffield Foundation for its generous support of our organization and commitment to improving the lives of Maui’s dogs and cats.

#mauihumanesociety #adoptdontshop #fosteringsaveslives #wingsofaloha #DCDFoundation #DCDF #thankstomaddie

Today, Maui Humane Society is hosting an ADOPTION DAY to honor Maddie on her Birthday! ALL ADOPTIONS ARE SPONSORED TODAY! That’s right ZERO adoption fees! It’s the puurfect day to bring home a new Ohana member!

See who is available on our website!

“Maddie was a beloved Miniature Schnauzer whose unconditional love, loyalty and spirit inspired a revolution. Dave and Cheryl Duffield founded Maddie’s Fund® in 1994 to honor their delightfully feisty dog after successfully launching several technology companies. In their lifetime, they have given more of their personal wealth to animal welfare than any other individuals. All thanks to Maddie.”

Maui Humane Society is deeply grateful to the Dave & Cheryl Duffield Foundation for its generous support of our organization and commitment to improving the lives of Maui’s dogs and cats.

#mauihumanesociety #adoptdontshop #fosteringsaveslives #wingsofaloha #DCDFoundation #DCDF #thankstomaddie
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