The Maui Humane Society is launching a 24-Hour Animal Response Hotline for Maui residents to call when they see domestic animals, livestock or equine in need of help. MHS decided to initiate this new service in response to the number of calls it receives for animal emergencies from the community.
“Last year, we responded to an average of 294 calls from the public each month, 41 of which were calls from residents reporting animals that required emergency care, or were aggressive, incapacitated or needed to be seized during our open hours,” said Jerleen Bryant, Chief Executive Officer of Maui Humane Society. “We continuously receive messages from residents about animal emergencies after hours so implementing the 24-Hour Animal Response service is critical. It will allow us to respond and assist the public and animals in a timely manner around the clock.”
Residents who witness aggressive, trapped, injured or loose animals are encouraged to call the 24-Hour Animal Response Hotline. MHS is also encouraging residents to report suspicion of neglected or abused animals; signs of a neglected and or abused animal are no food, shelter or water, coat is missing hair or severely matted, ribs or other bones showing through the fur, living in feces, open sores or have broken bones.
All Humane Enforcement Officers at MHS go through an extensive and ongoing training program so they can effectivly determine when humane laws are being violated. They are also trained to handle injured animals, administer drugs to alleviate pain from injury and seize animals when necessary to secure the safety of both residents and animals.
The Maui Humane Society puts every effort toward finding owners of the lost and injured animals that are picked up. If no owner is found, once they have healed from their injuries, they are placed up for adoption or transferred to another shelter or rescue (many of which are on the mainland) that can help them find new homes.
MHS notes that the 24-Hour Animal Response Hotline is not for reporting stray chickens, wild or game animals, pigs, deer or birds unless residents feel their safety is at risk.
To connect with the 24-Hour Animal Response Hotline, residents should call 808-877-3680 extension 211.
For more information about the 24-Hour Animal Response Service or to schedule your pet for 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 You can also stay updated through Facebook, Facebook.com/MauiHumaneSociety or Twitter @mauihumane.
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