Maui offering vaccination for deadly cat virus

Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) Maui will hold a mass vaccination clinic for the island’s cats from 9-11 a.m. Sunday at their new Kahului clinic location at 355 Hukilike St., Suite #112.

All cats will receive a vaccine that includes the panleukopenia virus, which may be spreading on Maui.

All vaccines are by donation and on a first come, first serve basis.

Cats must be in hard-sided carriers or traps, and covered with a clean dry towel.

According to the Maui Humane Society, positive cases of the panleukopenia virus — never before seen in Hawaii — have been identified in the Kula and Kahului areas.  SPCA Maui’s Peter Tierney said “the panleukopenia virus is not contagious to humans or other animals but can be spread by human contact. The virus is highly contagious to unvaccinated cats and can be fatal to young, senior and immune impaired cats.

“We hadn’t planned on putting our new clinic and office space to use so quickly,” said SPCA Maui President Sue Liscombe. “This virus could hit Maui cats hard, so we had to hit the ground running.”

For information on Sunday’s cat vaccination clinic and the panleukopenia feline virus, call 808-280-0738 or visit

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