Two months ago, I decided it is Time for me to adopt another dog. I dropped into the local shelter a few times a week to see the dogs. Our regional shelter is referred to as a humanist society although they don’t have the space to be idealistically humane constantly. To put it differently, at times the capacity of these facilities are surpassed and so some dogs get put down so as to make space for the newcomers. This is only one of many reasons that some folks wait to volunteer their time in the Maui Humane Society. It isheart wrenching to have walked a few times a week and then return the next week and discover the dog was ‘put down’.
After many visits with a dog named Laura, a Chihuahua mix poi Puppy as we say here meaning mixed breed, I decided I really liked her. I found out all I could in the team about her background. She was eight years old. A man had brought her in when she was going to have puppies. The puppies were being chased out so that Laura could get back her strength. She was fairly healthy today.It is a major decision when an individual is selecting a dog. A dog is a lot of responsibility. A dog’s passing can lead to heartache. I wouldhave a Chihuahua for a couple of decades. Her name was Naima. She had died because of an attack by a pit bull. I wanted to be very sure before I made the decision to adopt another dog. I took a bit too long. Someone else adopted Laura before I did.
I see the humane society just once a week today. It is so hard to see those donate to dog shelter who need homes, need love, attention, food, shelter and training. Recently, each kennel or big cage in the Maui Humane Society has two or three puppies in it since the non-profit is nearly full to capacity. The puppies have a sheet of information sprinkled in their kennel door that says that a wonderful lady or a wonderful man found them wandering around the island, hungry and thirsty, and took them into the shelter to be adopted. Some of the dogs’ kennel notes state instead that the proprietor brought them and surrendered them since they can’t care for the animals.It is sad and astonishing how many abandoned dogs have been attracted To the Maui Humane Society in the past couple of months. Foreclosures on Maui have increased over the past year.