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Paws & Reflect by Maui Humane Society
February 24, 2011 - Mark Vieth
Maui’s Litter Problem: Too Many Animals!
National Spay Day is this week, the ideal time to once again emphasize the importance of spaying and neutering your pets. Our island has a pet overpopulation issue, with thousands of unwanted pets coming to the MHS shelter each year. In recent months, in particular, we have seen an increase in the number of puppies brought to our shelter — entire litters that are unwanted. Our staff is continually working to increase adoptions through promotions and awareness campaigns, but adoption is only a short-term solution. For the long term, we as a community must work together to curb the number of animals being born.
MHS has taken the lead in spay/neuter efforts and education in our community for years. Every animal adopted from our shelter is neutered, and we offer many programs to help island residents do the same for their pets. Over 3,000 spay/neuters were performed by our shelter staff last year, and recent improvements to our vet facility will make it possible to increase those numbers. Our spay/neuter programs help support other agencies on the island who are also working tirelessly to care for homeless animals and reduce the feral cat population, and we have low-cost spay/neuter programs for the public and through local veterinarians. Altogether, MHS programs are responsible for spaying and neutering more pets each year than all these other entities combined. We are proud of that achievement,and we have begun to see the homeless animal population decline in recent years, but it’s not enough. Ultimately the solution depends upon every member of our community doing their part. Neuter your pets! Call our Spay/Neuter Hotline at 877-3616.
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