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Cats from Maui quickly adopted in Seattle area

Felines flown to Wash. after wildfire

By Paige Cornwell, The Seattle Times
Published: August 23, 2023, 5:10pm

SEATTLE — Malie the kitten was living in a foster home on Maui when the deadly fires forced her foster mom to evacuate, leaving her unable to care for the 10-month-old cat.

The brown-haired, hazel-eyed kitty was flown with dozens of other felines from Hawaii to the Seattle area, to be taken in by multiple organizations.

Just days after her trip, Malie is now in her new home, as are most of the Maui cats who arrived at Seattle Humane last week. All 17 were adopted over the weekend or are pending adoption, the animal organization said Tuesday.

As Maui residents fled wildfires this month that killed at least 114 people, thousands of pets went missing amid the chaos of evacuations and a fast-moving blaze. The Maui Humane Society estimates 3,000 pets are missing in the Lahaina area.

A Facebook page for lost and found Maui animals features posts with similar stories: dogs whose owners couldn’t get home before their house burned down, cats that scurried off before their owners had no choice but to escape without them.

Good Cat Network, a Hawaii nonprofit, has sent 41 cats to the Seattle area since the wildfires began.