More than 40 shelter animals from Maui will be looking for homes in the Bay Area following the fatal wildfires on the Hawaiian island, according to animal welfare organization Berkeley Humane.
The animals were scheduled to arrive Friday night on an emergency flight to make room for an influx of injured or displaced animals at the Maui Humane Society. According to the animal welfare organization Greater Good, a donated Southwest Airlines aircraft airlifted more than 30 dogs and 70 cats from the island to Portland, Oregon, and then the Bay Area to find new homes.
Animals will be going to shelters in the region including Berkeley Humane in Berkeley, Marin Humane in Novato, Animal Rescue Foundation in Walnut Creek, East Bay SPCA in Oakland and Dublin, Tri-City Animal Shelter in Fremont and Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter in Alameda.
Only pets sheltered at the Maui Humane Society before the fires will be coming to the Bay Area, officials with Berkeley Humane said. The transport of pets from Maui to the mainland will help make room for an expected influx of injured and displaced animals in Maui, according to Greater Good.
More information about the rescue animals can be found HERE and at local animal shelters.