Fitz Update: Hope Fund Makes Difference for Shelter Pet

March 7, 2016, 2:10 PM HST · Updated March 7, 2:14 PM
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Fitz. "After" photo courtesy: Maui Humane Society.

Fitz. “After” photo courtesy: Maui Humane Society.

The Maui Humane Society is reporting good news involving the recovery of shelter dog, “Fitz” who was found two weeks ago roaming the Hāna Highway.

Organization staff say that when Fitz was brought in, he was, “skin and bones, dehydrated and starving.” He also suffered from a list of medical issues including a broken/fractured jaw, abscessed wounds, atrophied muscles, internal parasites and debris-irritated eyes.

Nancy Willis, MHS Director of Development and Community Outreach said, “Despite his jaw fracture, Fitz is eating well and has already gained an incredible 10 pounds,” since his arrival.

"Fitz." Photos courtesy Maui Humane Society.

“Fitz.” “Before” photos courtesy Maui Humane Society.

With help from the public and support of the organization’s Hope Fund, Fitz was taken to the Central Maui Animal Clinic over the weekend to undergo surgery to repair his jaw.  He was also treated for parasites with staff tending to his many infections and injuries.

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Willis called the recovery “amazing,” and thanked the public for their help with donations.  “Fitz still has some way to go, but this sweet guy is on the mend and looking better than ever – a testament to how much your support makes a real and immediate difference in the lives of our shelter pets,” said Willis.

The Hope Fund was started in 2010 in honor of a shelter dog named Hope, who entered the shelter with an untreated injury that had become life-threatening. Organization representatives say the fund allows the Maui Humane Society to go above and beyond what is typically affordable, to provide treatment and life-saving surgeries to homeless pets that exceed the normal resources at the shelter.

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Just a reminder, the Maui Humane Society hosts a Mobile Animal Surgical Hospital spay and neuter clinic for dogs, scheduled to take place this week from Tuesday, March 8 to Saturday, March 12, 2016.

Organization representatives say they hope to spay and neuter more than 300 Maui dogs in four days at the free MASH clinics.

Since April of 2015, seven MASH clinics have been held at the Maui Humane Society and over 2,900 animals have been spayed and neutered at no charge to the members of the community.

Last month alone, the Maui Humane Society spayed and neutered 714 animals in four days during its February clinic.

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