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Paws & Reflect by Maui Humane Society

July 18, 2011 - Mark Vieth

Approximately 25% of the 9,000 or so pets that came to MHS last year were surrendered by their owners. Some of these were beloved pets whose owners tried everything but simply could no longer keep the pet for some reason, and it was heartbreaking for everyone involved. Other pets were given up because they were too big, too small, too active, too expensive, too noisy, required too much effort, or just didn’t fit into the owner’s life anymore. Raising a pet is like raising a child--it is a long-term commitment that takes time, money, and lots of love and patience.

If you have a pet that you are considering giving up, call us before taking that step. There are services and resources that can assist you with pet-related problems, whether it’s training, behavioral advice, or tips for renters. MHS might be able to help or refer you to someone who can. If you do decide you cannot keep your pet, try first to find a loving new home for it yourself. We do our best to match pets with new owners, but no one knows your pet and its unique personality and habits better than you!

If you have tried all of the above and still need to give up your pet, don’t hesitate to bring it to the MHS shelter. We are here for you and your pet. Don’t abandon it, turning it loose to fend for itself, which often leads to injury and suffering for the animal. At the MHS shelter, pets are fed and cared for with lots of TLC while we make every effort to find them new forever homes.

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