Maui Humane Society and Abandoned Dogs

Shelter dogs, pound dogs, rescue dogs -- whatever we call them -- they can make great companions.
Shelter dogs, pound dogs, rescue dogs -- whatever we call them -- they can make great companions.

Let's Stay Positive for the Abandoned Animals.

I have decided to adopt a rescue dog once again. I have been visiting the Maui Humane Society (MHS) once a week for awhile now, hoping to find a dog that will spend the next 12 to 15 years with our family.

Each kennel or large cage at the Maui Humane Society has two or three dogs in it because the non-profit is full to capacity. Most of the dogs have a sheet of information tacked on their kennel door which says that a nice lady or a nice man found them wandering around the island, hungry and thirsty, and took them to the shelter to be adopted. A few of the dogs’ kennel notes say instead that the owner brought them in and surrendered them because they can no longer look after the animals.

It is sad and amazing how many abandoned dogs have been brought into the Maui Humane Society in the last few months. They are mostly classified as stray dogs once they are brought in. Foreclosures on Maui have increased over the past year. The staff at the MHS see the correlation between the people losing their houses and people abandoning their dogs. Some dog owners do bring their dogs in to be adopted and do explain they are leaving the island due to economic hardship.

Today when I went to the Maui Humane Society there were several dogs that I liked. One newcomer was very skittish. She looked like a miniature Red Setter although I guess there is no such thing. This little dog, approximately 20 pounds in weight, had been brought in by her owner along with one of her puppies. I am glad the owner had the compassion to bring the animals in for help if she could no longer look after them. Another new little dog there was a tiny Chihuahua, ten years old, who had been found wandering around the island. Did somebody own this dog for a number of years and then actually think they were doing their beloved little dog a favor by setting her loose to wander around, thirsty and hungry, facing dehydration and starvation? This dog was only six pounds and could have been lunch for a bigger dog out there in the fields. The owners of the little Chihuahua couldn't possibly have simply 'lost' her. If they had actually lost her, wouldn't the owners have thought to open a phone book, look up the phone number of The Maui Humane Society and phone to inquire if their dog is there?

Many Mauians want to adopt a shelter dog, a rescued animal, rather than get some purebred for $2000. Purebred dogs on the Hawaiian Islands are very expensive -- overpriced -- ranging in price depending on breed. The high prices are due to supply and demand. There are many regulations for bringing in new dogs to the islands and Hawaii has the longest quarantine period of any state. Generally speaking, people here prefer to get the poi mix dog and feel good about doing a pet rescue.

There are so many stray dogs on Maui and many of them have a litter or are about to have a litter when they are rescued. Fostering animals is time consuming and a lot of work, but some people offer to do that here – as people do in thousands of other localities across America. Thank heavens for those caring, compassionate souls.


Trying to catch a very fast crab.
Trying to catch a very fast crab.
The crab was too fast.  Neither the human nor the dogs could catch that crab.
The crab was too fast. Neither the human nor the dogs could catch that crab.
Pound dog -- always ready to play.
Pound dog -- always ready to play.

Rescue a Dog


I went for a walk at sunset tonight at one of the grassy beach parks where a lot of dog rescuers walk their dogs. These are people that have two, three or four rescued dogs happily playing with one another. The dogs' new owners suggest to anyone and everyone they meet, “Adopt a shelter dog, do a dog adoption or a puppy adoption, help the abandoned animals.” Many of these same people volunteer at the Maui Humane Society or they act as foster parents for litters of dogs and cats that have been rescued. This evening, after having a nice chat with a group of these people -- and none of us having remembered talking to one another ever before -- one of them asked me the name of the Chihuahua I had mentioned owning. I said her name was Nai’a. All four people exclaimed to one another or to me – in effect -- “Oh, Nai’a. Yes, I saw Nai’a. I know who Nai’a is.” Talk about dog enthusiasts! They don’t remember me, the human being at the other end of the leash, but they remember my dog -- once they hear me say her name.

I like that! Anonymity in a crowd. Unfortunately, I didn't recognize any of their dogs. I guess I'm just a dog enthusiast trainee, so far.

I'm very grateful that there are people who are tireless in their efforts to help save the abandoned dogs on Maui.

The staff at the Maui Humane Society are also among the tireless, hard-working people that I admire. Maui Humane Society has lost some of its funding due to the tough economic times, so the non-profit is relying on the public to remember to bring in donations of food for the cats and dogs. Let's remember the abandoned animals of Maui.

This dog was living a difficult life, kept for the purpose of breeding and finally dropped at the Maui Humane Society, pregnant, along with four siblings.  Five years old.  Now has a good home.
This dog was living a difficult life, kept for the purpose of breeding and finally dropped at the Maui Humane Society, pregnant, along with four siblings. Five years old. Now has a good home.

Best Buddies, Former Shelter Dogs

These two aren't abandoned.  They are just a few feet away from the owners, but, yes, they each should be on a leash.
These two aren't abandoned. They are just a few feet away from the owners, but, yes, they each should be on a leash.

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Pamela Kinnaird W 4 years ago from Maui and Arizona Author

Thank you, TeachableMoments. That's great that your daughter wants to volunteer at a shelter one day and that you have SIX rescued animals. Way to go!


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TeachableMoments 4 years ago from California

Beautiful hub. All of my six pets have been rescued from an animal shelter. I wouldn't have it any other way. My daughter wants to volunteer at the local shelter when she's older. Animal shelters provide great learning experiences for children. Thanks for this great hub.


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Pamela Kinnaird W 4 years ago from Maui and Arizona Author

Hi Lucky Cats! Thank you for dropping by. I'm not actually on Maui at this moment. I'm on the mainland visiting and soon going to Canada for more visiting, but the MHS animals are always tugging at my heart because they come through on Facebook to me. There are so many dedicated people there but way more people that just keep breeding dogs and cats, left and right.


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Pamela Kinnaird W 4 years ago from Maui and Arizona Author

Thank you, Peggy W. I'm not on Maui right now. I'm visiting grandchildren on the mainland and heading for Canada to visit parents shortly, but I have the Maui Humane Society photos and updates coming into my facebook. There's tugs at the heart there and really sad things here in Arizona. People can be so cruel to their animals.


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Lucky Cats 4 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

Hi there Pamela...boy, it's been a long time and you are still there doing the best possible for animals and sharing the sad truth you face each day. I thank you so much for calling this to the attention of your readers. What a great person you are w/a loving heart for the abandoned dogs and cats there...it seems like the shelter there is a good one; this is fortunate given the high number of homeless animals. It is a tragic circmstance of the bad economy....an existing problem of animal abandonment made worse through hardship. All ups but funny, my friend.


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

We are a big believer in adopting shelter dogs and have even rescued strays (cats and dogs) from the streets. We also support our brand new shelter, Citizens for Animal Protection that is near where we live. Wrote a hub about it. Our SPCA is also wonderful in Houston. We have never visited our Humane Society shelter due to its location, but had these and smaller ones on our list to call when we would find stray animals.

It is heartless of people to abandon their pets to the streets. The least they can do if they can no longer care for their pets is to take them to a shelter where they will at least have food and shelter with the hope of another home.

We are also big believers in spaying and neutering. Nice to know that you feel the same. Thanks for your efforts in spreading the word. I'll do my part by voting up, useful, beautiful + sharing. Thanks!


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Pamela Kinnaird W 5 years ago from Maui and Arizona Author

Alternate poet, thank you for your kind comments. I enjoy your writings very much.

I took a look at the photos I posted -- which you mentioned -- of the crab chase and the two are similar but moments apart. They do look almost the same, that's for sure.

The dogs were most keen on catching that poor little crab, but my daughter wasn't fast enough.


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alternate poet 5 years ago

Someone here said that y ou are a lovely writer, I think that about sums you up. Always enjoy reading your hubs.

PS maybe just me but there are two images of the crab chase up above.


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jandee 5 years ago from Liverpool.U.K

well written Pamela. Unfortunately a centre close by in Merseyside(Freshfield Animal sanctuary) is in trouble... I go sometimes and walk their dogs-it's a helpless feeling,not being able to do more.jandee


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Becky Puetz 5 years ago from Oklahoma

I enjoyed reading your story and am thankful for people like you that care for and adopt shelter animals. There are far too many animals being abandoned both in Maui and the states. It's a sad sign of the tough economical times we're living in. Keep up the much needed,excellent work you are doing. Thank you for getting the word out about abandoned animals in Maui. Awesome Hub!


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Pamela Kinnaird W 6 years ago from Maui and Arizona Author

Thank you, Lucky Cats.


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Lucky Cats 6 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

Beautiful story, sweet sentiment and wonderful pictures. Your love expands to all cats, dogs and people. Awesome! Thank you for caring as you do and reaching out to others, hoping that the circle of compassion will continue to grow, saving those beautiful kittys, doggys and those who find themselves without a home. Much regards, Pamela! Voted UP and Beautiful! Kathy


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Pamela Kinnaird W 6 years ago from Maui and Arizona Author

James and McWebster, thank you for reading the article. Yes, it's so sad and getting sadder in every city and every state. Shelters are full from what I've read and heard. And people are still keeping their puppy mills going -- certainly here in the islands they are.

Yesterday I saw a new phenomenon. I came out of Walmart and there was a lovely young woman sitting on the bench with her buggy (shopping cart, as Americans say) full of two-month-old purebred pit bulls for sale. She didn't have a For Sale sign on the buggy, so she wasn't being asked to leave. Lots of people were asking her about the puppies. There are so many puppies every week on Craigslist here that this is the next step. We will probably see more of this.


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MCWebster 6 years ago

Thanks for this hub, Pamela. It breaks my heart when I think of the puppies and dogs that are languishing in shelters - so many shelters, and so many dogs! They have so much love and loyalty to give - and we need to return the favor. Thanks again. :)


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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

Amen! I wholeheartedly agree with you that we need to rescue dogs. What loving creatures they are! Thank you for this inspiring Hub that shows your big heart in full bloom.


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Pamela Kinnaird W 6 years ago from Maui and Arizona Author

KoffeeKlatch Gals, I agree -- it is awfully unfeeling of anyone to abandon a dog or cat and let them fend for themselves.

Thanks for stopping by to read.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

Adorable photos. I think it's a sad and unfeeling thing for someone to abandon an animal. Unfortunately it happens alll the time. Both of our dogs are formely abused and abandoned dogs. he love they give is incredible.


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Pamela Kinnaird W 6 years ago from Maui and Arizona Author

habee -- Hey, good to see you're out and about again on hubpages. Your efforts and results on your 60 day challenge seem excellent. Such hard work -- kudos to you.


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia

Kudos on caring for animals! We've adopted several shelter dogs and cats through the years.


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Pamela Kinnaird W 6 years ago from Maui and Arizona Author

Bayoulady, yes, it's great that so many people are adopting animals here -- stepping up to the plate. Twenty were adopted this past weekend and that's a record here.

I've never known anyone from your home state before. I will be looking forward to reading more of your hubs.


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bayoulady 6 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA

Oh I loved this article! The people on your island are adopting rather than buying a dog. How wonderful!

The pictures in this hub are adorable. You live in a beautiful place. Good luck on finding your new family dog!


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Pamela Kinnaird W 6 years ago from Maui and Arizona Author

Mentalist acer, thanks for dropping by.


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Mentalist acer 6 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

Your careing Hubs are an Inspiration:)!!

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