A lost cat lying on dry autumn foliage.
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Cat Lost in Maui Wildfires Reunited With Family

A cat named Mahina has been reunited with her family after she was separated from them following the devastating wildfires in Maui, Hawaii, on Aug. 8, 2023. These fires were among the deadliest in the United States’ history, having claimed the lives of nearly 100 people, with many victims over the age of 70. They left Lahaina in ruins and forced many, including Mahina’s owners, to relocate to the mainland.

Cat lost in Hawaii during Maui Wildfires reunited with Montana family

Upon losing Mahina amid the chaos, her family filed a lost pet report with the Maui Humane Society. Despite moving away and the uncertainty of their situation, they held onto hope for a reunion. Their hope turned into reality when the society’s Fire Task Force discovered Mahina, surviving alone in the fire-affected area for around 100 days. Identification through her microchip facilitated the reunion process, bringing immense joy to her owners.

Despite the logistics involved in transporting a pet from Hawaii to Montana, especially with challenging snowy conditions, the community and several organizations came together to ensure Mahina’s safe return. Hawaiian Airlines and Alaska Airlines took special care during her flights. In addition, a trusted transporter managed her journey from Seattle to her eagerly waiting family in Montana. The Maui Humane Society generously handled the expenses for Mahina’s health certificate and travel — per Fox Weather.

Mahina, known for her love of watching NFL football and playing with her feather toy, has adapted well to her new environment. According to her family, she has now embraced indoor living, particularly in snowy Montana where she has shown no desire to venture outside. “She stays strictly inside now, but since we are in Montana, she hasn’t wanted to go outside because of the snow,” they said, adding, “She’s so goofy and is so happy to be home with her parents!”

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