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Maui Humane Society to Expand with PetSmart Grant

January 22, 2016, 9:04 AM HST
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Maui Humane Society courtesy photo.

Maui Humane Society courtesy photo.

The Maui Humane Society recently received a $258,000 veterinary clinic expansion grant from PetSmart Charities.

The expansion of the clinic will support MHS’s goal to end pet overpopulation by providing 5,000 additional, low-cost spay and neuter surgeries.

“Last year, we were able to spay and neuter 3,000 animals, that’s a lot, but it’s not enough,” said Jerleen Bryant, executive director of the MHS. “We receive approximately 8,000 abandoned, lost and homeless animals each year.

“We have a pet overpopulation problem on Maui, expanding our veterinary clinic will help us come closer to managing this serious problem,” said Bryant.

Expanding the current veterinarian clinic an additional 700 square feet will allow MHS to conduct more low-cost spay and neuter surgeries. The expansion will include the addition of an examination room, preparation and surgery tables, separate pre- and post-operation rooms for cats and dogs, and space for a washer and dryer, and two additional computers.

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Every dog and cat adopted from MHS leaves the shelter spayed or neutered. MHS also offers low-cost surgeries to privately owned animals.

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“There is a significant need for low-cost spay and neuter services to be made available to residents who want to ‘fix’ their pets but just can’t afford to do it because of financial constraints,” said Bryant. “The other part of this equation, which we are working hard to address, is the need for public education regarding the problem of pet overpopulation and the importance of spaying and neutering companion animals.”

Expansion work on the veterinarian clinic is expected to start as soon as permits are approved with a target completion date of August. MHS will add a second, full-time veterinarian specializing in high-volume, quality spay and neuter surgeries.

To schedule a spay/neuter surgery, to volunteer, donate or learn more information about Maui Humane Society and upcoming events, call (808) 877-3680 or visit www.mauihumane.org.

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Maui Humane Society’s mission is to protect and save the lives of Maui’s animals; accepting all in need, educating the community and inspiring respect and compassion towards all animals.

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