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Evening for Animals

SPCA Maui to hold educational event.

January 26, 2012
The Maui Weekly

SPCA Maui invites the community to its second annual Evening for Maui Animals on Friday, Feb. 3, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Maui Beach Hotel's Elleair Ballroom. Enjoy free, light pupu, a no-host bar, educational presentations and introductions to other Maui animal welfare organizations.

The mission of SPCA Maui is to create a "no more homeless pets" Maui and stop the killing of companion animals as a means of population control.

In an effort to reduce the number of reproducing cats before the upcoming "kitty season," more than 30 SPCA Maui members and volunteers assembled at the Maui Humane Society on Sunday, Jan. 8, conducting a high-volume, low-cost spayeuter clinic that sterilized 164 pets, community and feral cats in only eight hours, helping to reduce the projected cat population on Maui by hundreds of thousands.

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Surgeries were performed by Dr. Celina Hatt, a Hawai‘i-based, licensed veterinarian. Her assistant led volunteer vet techs, who prepared the cats for surgery with assembly-line precision in the Maui Humane Society’s conference room, which was converted for the clinic into a makeshift operating room.
Photo: Patty Holbrook

The clinic was held in tents and a makeshift operating room at the Maui Humane Society, which hosted the event.

The surgeries were performed by Dr. Celina Hatt, a Hawai'i-based, licensed veterinarian. Volunteers helped with logistics and setup, registered cats, and assisted in pre- and post-surgery care. Owners and caretakers from all parts of the island lined up early to take advantage of the "pay what you can afford" clinic.

"With no paid staff and a working group of awesome volunteers, this clinic was amazing," said Peter Tierney, SPCA Maui vice president and co-organizer for the organization's first-time solo clinic.

"We learned a lot working with Feline Foundation at previous clinics," said Tierney. "SPCA Maui plans to hold similar clinics every three months 'til we 'fix' the problem."

"What we really need is a bigger location so we can keep the cats cool, shaded and protected," Tierney added. "In the right place, we feel we could do more than 300 cats at our next one."

SPCA Maui Secretary-Treasurer Sue Liscombe, the clinic organizer, spoke to more than 200 clients before the clinic scheduling staggered drop-off times the morning of the clinic, giving pre-surgery instructions and lending traps and carriers.

"So many people want to do the right thing and fix their cat or the one they feed in their neighborhood, and just need a little assistance," said Liscombe. "We are so happy with the results from this cat clinic, that we are planning dog clinics in the future, too."

"We want the public to know that every penny donated to SPCA Maui goes 100 percent to spayeuter surgeries!" said White.

"Please join SPCA Maui for an evening of humane education and camaraderie," said White. "Hear what's new with Maui's animal welfare groups and more about SPCA Maui."

For more information on SPCA Maui's "Evening for Maui's Animals or spayeuter assistance programs, contact SPCA Maui at 280-0738 or

SPCA Maui is a 501 (c) dedicated to the prevention of cruelty to animals.



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