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Paws & Reflect by Maui Humane Society

April 7, 2011 - Mark Vieth
Providing Hope and Healing

On March 19, 2010, a kind stranger found “Hope,” a female pit bull terrier, near the Maui landfill and brought her to the MHS shelter. One of Hope’s legs had severe nerve damage from an old injury that was not treated. She could not move her leg properly, and it dragged along where ever she went, causing even more damage to the limb.

Thankfully, she was not in pain, as she had lost all feeling in the “dead” limb, but she needed to have the leg amputated in order to live a normal life. MHS staff spread the word about Hope, her wonderful personality, and her need for surgery. Thanks to an amazing response from supporters, more than enough donations were received to pay for the surgery. Hope’s recovery was swift, and soon she was running around and playing with other dogs!

The additional funds raised did not go to waste. The “Hope Fund”was created, born from Hope and her inspiration, specifically to help orphaned animals who arrive at our shelter in need of special medical care or costly surgery. Since its inception last year, the Hope Fund has enabled MHS to help nearly two dozen homeless pets who might not otherwise have survived. Many pets arrive on our doorstep suffering from injury, illness, abuse, or neglect.

Contributing to the MHS Hope Fund is a great way to offer these precious animals with “special needs”the second chance they so richly deserve! For more information, or to donate to the Hope Fund, please call Lindsey Nicolas at 877-3680, extension 32, or visit our website at This column was sponsored by a donation from Latitudes, “Furnishings For Life,” 210 Alamaha Street, Kahului, 893-0650; visit


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