On our island there are many non-profit organizations that help these creatures who have no voice or vote. I know some better than others, but as far as I can tell, each one does a good job and needs community support in the form of donations and volunteer efforts.
I suppose almost everyone is familiar with the Maui Humane Society which wears two somewhat related hats, contracted by the county government to provide “animal control,” associated with the management of their own refuge in Puunene. There are too many facets of their work to list here, but you can visit in person or check out their website.
Another is East Maui Animal Refuge, also known as Boo Boo Zoo. This stellar sanctuary run by Sylvan Schwab for several decades somehow provides rescue for all sorts of injured or orphaned creatures that all live together in Haiku. Its creation is a touching story.
A more recent one is the Hawaiian Animal Rescue Foundation founded by two wahines with the tenacity of bulldogs. I was fortunate to be with Dawn Pfendler and Penny Dearborn as they overcame countless setbacks to secure a location for a large center they eventually secured on approximately 10 acres in Waihe’e. They erected a building that houses dogs, cats and horses.
Other rescue groups include 9th Life Cat Sanctuary, Leilani Farm Sanctuary, and Primate Rescue Center. Select a favorite and offer your support.