Pet sitters are urgently needed before the shelter’s busiest day of the year: Maui Now

Dec 27, 2023, 7:23 pm HST

The Maui Humane Society is urging animal lovers in its community to adopt a pet now to make room for any lost, sick, or injured pets that may fall victim to New Year’s fireworks. Arrival is expected.

It is important to make room for visiting pets, as fireworks at New Year’s celebrations usually result in an influx of animals to MHS. The loud sounds of fireworks are known to scare pets, causing them to run away from the house and risk injury.

As of Wednesday, December 27, approximately 80 pets are waiting for a foster placement and 179 pets are currently in foster homes.

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“Adopting a pet is easy, free, and makes an incredible impact – no experience required,” according to the shelter.

MHS will provide all food, supplies, medication, and support, and foster parents are asked to provide comfort and safety for the pet during their break from the shelter. MHS’s foster team will work to match foster pets with parents best suited to their needs and a foster term that works best for all parties.

Those interested in opening their homes to adopt a pet before the holiday can visit the MHS shelter in Puʻunēnē from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (MHS closes at 2 p.m. on New Year’s Eve). will go). Learn more about

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Pet owners are encouraged to keep animals indoors while on vacation, as well as ensure microchips and ID tags are up-to-date with correct owner contact information. Tips for keeping owned pets safe can be found at

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