Restore humane treatment and management of feral cat colonies on campus
Chaminade University of Honolulu is home to a colony of approximately 120 feral cats. For over a decade, volunteers have been feeding and managing their numbers with the effective TNRM (trap-neuter-release-manage) program. As of June 2013, campus officials have ordered that feeding of these feral cats be discontinued and volunteers are no longer permitted on campus to help with the colony.
We believe that discontinuing these services is cruel to the feral cat colony, which has become dependent on the care of volunteers. Without food, these cats will starve to death. Additionally, as more people abandon their cats in this area, the colony will continue to proliferate without intervention.
Chaminade University has been seen trapping these feral cats and their vehicles have been spotted dropping these animals off at the Hawaiian Humane Society. Due to the nature of feral cats, they are unlikely to be socialized and made available for adoption. This translates to one thing - Chaminade University is sending perfectly healthy cats to their imminent death.
Multiple organizations including the Hawaiian Humane Society, Humane Society of the United States, Animal Rights Hawaii, Hawaii Cat Foundation, and Best Friends have contacted Chaminade officials to address the feral cat situation and volunteer to assist with efforts to humanely control the population. Unfortunately, all of these organizations have been ignored by the University and not even afforded the courtesy of a response.
We are petitioning Chaminade University of Honolulu and asking that they change their mind regarding the management of their feral cat colony. Hawaii Cat Foundation is willing to resume their TNRM program with zero cost to the University. We believe this is the most effective and humane way to deal with this feral cat colony. We are urging the University to allow colony caretakers on school property to properly care for the cats.
As a Catholic university, we believe Chaminade University of Honolulu should recognize the sanctity of the lives of these beautiful animals. Accordingly, we must join together to hold Chaminade to these standards. Please sign and share this petition - the cats need your help. Without an overwhelming response that shows Chaminade University and their administration that their actions are not only unconscionable and flagrantly hypocritical, these cats will be sentenced to the cruel fate of an unnecessary death.
Thank you for your support.
Please see these links for more information on the success of TNRM programs: http://www.alleycat.org/page.aspx?pid=1013
Other college campuses that have successfully managed their feral cat population with similar programs: http://utsacats.com/resources/brochure-links/
The media advisory from Chaminade University of Honolulu banning these services: http://sites.chaminade.edu/news/2013/06/12/media-advisory-on-ferals/
Brother Bernie Ploeger
- Board of Regents Member
Brother Robert Hoppe
- Director of University Communications
We urge you to help restore humane treatment and management of feral cat colonies on the Chaminade University of Honolulu's campus. Please stop the needless starvation and euthanasia of these animals and reinstate the help of community organizations to compassionately maintain these cat colonies.
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