An unprecedented effort to spay and neuter more than a thousand cats and dogs on Maui is set to take place next week.
Valley Isle officials say Maui has a serious pet over-population problem. According to Maui Humane Society CEO Jerleen Bryant, the shelter takes in about 9,000 animals every year -- but she says they have an aggressive new plan to "fix" their overcrowding with a massive four-day sterilization effort that starts Tuesday, April 21.
"Nothing of this magnitude has happened here on the island -- so it's groundbreaking for us and we're very serious about our committment for this project," explained Bryant.
The Humane Society has partnered with mainland non-profit Animal Balance, a group of Vets and vet techs who volunteer their time to help perform mobile -- or M.A.S.H. -- sterilization clinics.
"In four days, our goal is to spay and neuter 400 dogs. That's quite a bit, so we have a team of 14 people," described Bryant.
The service will be offered for free at three different locations: Tuesday, April 21 and Wednesday, April 22 in central Maui at the Maui Humane Society; Friday, April 24 in Upcountry at the Kulamalu parking lot in Pukalani; and Saturday, April 25 at the Lahaina Cannery Mall.
"Additionally we're offering county license, a micro-chip and vaccinations if the pet needs vaccinations," said Bryant.
Officials just ask that folks make an appointment in advanc by calling # (808) 877-3680, option 3, to reserve a spot.
In June, Bryant says they'll host another MASH event and hope to 'fix' 600 cats in just 5 days.
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