A dog that was rescued after the wildfires in Maui has been reunited with its owners.
The heartwarming tale was shared by the Maui Humane Society, which has played a leading role in rescuing and caring for animals after the fires which have killed 111 people.
The pooch, Roman, was being cared for by a dog sitter when the fires broke out and fled in terror during the chaos last Tuesday. He suffered burns to his paws, legs, back and body.
Roman was found two days later and adorable pictures show him reunited with his owners on Saturday.
‘Roman was with a dog sitter when the fires in Lahaina began on Tuesday,’ the Maui Humane Society said in a Facebook post.
The pooch, Roman, was being cared for by a dog sitter when the fires broke out and fled in terror during the chaos last Tuesday. He has now been reunited with his owners
Roman suffered burns to his paws, legs, back and body and was nursed by the Maui Human Society, which is playing a leading role in the care of animals affected by the wildfires
‘The dog sitter had no choice but to jump into the waters of Lahaina to save them but he did not jump in with her. Roman ran off terrified down Front Street.
‘On Thursday, Roman was found by Goodfellow Bros staff. Roman was then handed off to a good samaritan and taken to Ma’alaea harbor, and from there he went with one of our humane enforcement officers to be taken to Maui Humane Society for medical care. He was burned on his paws, legs, back and body.
‘Roman was microchipped, we called his owners and they immediately came to the shelter to take their baby boy home. Roman is now safe and with his ohana [family] and doing well according to his owners.
‘Roman is just the first of many stories we hope to share about pets being reunited with their owners during this tragedy. We are so grateful to our community coming together to help our beloved pets, like Roman.
The uplifting story comes after dozens of heartbreaking images surfaced of pets caught up in the devastating fires.
The Maui Humane Society said earlier this week it had received 367 reports of missing pets since the outbreak of the horrific blazes on the Hawaiian island last week.
The animal charity, based in Pu’unene, estimates that around 3,000 animals are still missing as a result of the tragedy.
The organization’s shelter on Pi’ilani Highway has already received 52 live animals from Lahaina, including 12 that are hospitalized in the facility’s clinic with injuries.
Eight pets, including Roman, have been reunited with their owners, some of whom have lost everything else.
The hunt for missing pets comes as search crews continue to make their way through the town devastated by the wildfires. More than 1,000 people remain unaccounted for.
Maui Human Society says it has received 367 reports of missing pets since the outbreak of the horrific blazes last week
The animal charity, based in Puʻunēnē, estimates that around 3,000 animals are still missing as a result of the ongoing tragedy
The organization’s shelter on Pi’ilani Highway in Puʻunēnē has already received 52 live animals from Lahaina
The Humane Society has asked that volunteers or residents who come across deceased animals not move or destroy them.
‘We respectfully ask that animals do not be moved or destroyed so we can catalogue them,’ CEO Dr. Lisa M. Labrecque said.
‘People are desperate for their pets. Any closure we can give.’
Speaking at a Monday press conference, Labrecque explained the charity is working closely with the Maui Police Department on appropriate areas to search for animals and will expand its locations when they are able to.
Feeding and water stations have been placed at the perimeters of the burned areas in order to lure out any surviving animals that may be sheltering within.
Teams of vets have also been placed at Napili Plaza and the Lahaina Civic Center to treat injured animals, mostly for burns and smoke inhalation.
‘I’ve been sleeping on the ground for four days,’ Veterinarian Jenna Wallace told Maui Now.
‘I’ve been the only vet up here for four days. I’ve been sleeping on the ground.
Feeding and water stations have been placed at the perimeters of the burned areas in order to lure out any surviving animals that may be sheltering within
Eight pets have been reunited with their owners, some of whom have lost everything else
Twelve pets are hospitalized in the facility’s clinic with injuries including burns and smoke inhalation
The society has raised $675,000 since the fires broke out, which will fund care for animals that were injured in the fires.
The organization has now set a $1million goal for donations.
‘Maui Humane Society is asking for help as the island grapples with the unprecedented and catastrophic impact of the ongoing Maui fires,’ the group added.
‘The fires have left thousands of both humans and animals displaced, causing immense distress and creating an urgent need for solidarity within the community.
‘Maui Humane Society’s mission is to protect and save the lives of Maui’s animals, accepting all in need, educating the community, and inspiring respect and compassion towards all animals.’