The Maui Humane Society hopes to sterilize 400 dogs during the month of April in its effort to fight pet overpopulation with free spay/neuter/zeuter clinics held across the island. Maui pet lovers and animal activists can help stop uncontrolled reproduction with no out-of-pocket cost by taking dogs to the M.A.S.H.-style (Mobile Animal Surgical Hospital) sterilization clinics, which will be held April 21-25.
The first two days, Tuesday, April 21 and Wednesday, April 22, sterilizations will be held in central Maui at the Maui Humane Society headquarters. Friday, April 24, the clinics will be held Upcountry at the Kulamalu parking lot in Pukalani. The last clinic will be held at the Lahaina Cannery Mall on Saturday, April 25. There will be morning and afternoon appointments available.
The veterinarians on site will be able to perform free surgery or Zeuter, which is chemical castration for male dogs. In addition to sterilizations, pet owners will receive a free microchip, vaccine and county license. The value of the services can range from $300 to more than $800, depending on the pet’s size and other factors.
Maui Humane Society is offering free spay and neuter services in conjunction with Animal Balance, which organizes veterinarians and vet techs from all over the country who volunteer their time to perform these M.A.S.H.-style sterilization clinics.
Animal Balance is a U.S. based 501.c.3 registered nonprofit organization dedicated to resolving the conflicts that exist between people, wildlife, and community dogs and cats on island nations around the world. The nonprofit believes that the most ethical, logical and effective solution to conflicts is to gradually reduce the population of community dogs and cats through mass sterilization, according to its website. The organization also coordinates medical treatment and vaccination.
For appointments, call 808-877-3680, option 3. For more information on the clinics and the sterilization methods offered, please see Maui Humane Society’s website at MauiHumaneSociety.org and Facebook page at Facebook.com/MauiHumaneSociety.
MHS will host another M.A.S.H.-style clinic in June for cats. Details will be announced later this spring.
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