The Maui Humane Society has announced that effective Saturday, April 1st, its overnight receiving kennels will be permanently closed.
Instead, all stray and owner-surrendered animals must be brought into the shelter during normal business hours, Monday through Saturday, between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.
Executives say the industry has moved away from the overnight receiving kennels, or drop boxes in recent years. Jerleen Bryant, CEO of the Maui Humane Society said having a place for animals to be left in the middle of the night with no information, sometimes sick and injured, is not in the animal’s best interest.
Last year 1,063 animals were dropped off to the Maui Humane Society after hours, with an estimated 63% lacking any information about the animal.
Information such as where the animal was found, could be useful in helping to get an animal back to their home. In the case of owner-surrenders, having medical records, behavior and personality details can help get them into a new adoptive home faster.
In the case of an emergency, MHS Humane Enforcement can be called at (808) 877-3680 ext.211 for a pick up of a stray animal.
For more information about surrendering your pet or what to do if you have found (or lost) an animal, visit the Maui Humane Society website at www.mauihumanesociety.org .