KEA'AU TRANSFER STATION CATS IN CRISIS
Some History on Hui Pono Holoholona a spay/neuter animals organization.
Hui Pono Holoholona, (HPH) in Hawaiian means “People doing morally right helping the animals”, that being said, we are equally concerned for our endangered wildlife, from the oceans to our island mountain tops. We would never set up a Trap-Neuter-Return-Manage Cat Care Program where any endangered bird life exists. That would be contrary to our policy, and love for all animals.
There are no endangered birds at the Keaau Transfer Station, no Nene’s, no owls, no hawks, just mynah birds and doves that harmoniously live among the cats we care for.
When the original caregiver was in her late 80’s and could no longer drive to feed these animals in 2007, HPH realized the need to prevent these animals from starving and established an effective Trap-Neuter –Return-Manage Care Program. Scientific studies show that it is the humane, long term, effective approach for managing cats, both feral and abandoned pets. These studies have been conducted in multiple countries, and have been published in a variety of peer-reviewed scientific journals.
For six years we (HPH) have given these Kea'au cats a second chance through our TNRM program. We have decreased the population via spay/neuter so no new kittens are being born, the colony remains stable and healthy by being provided food, water, de-worming, de-fleaing, medication when necessary, vaccinations, health checkups, re-homing lost strays to their caregivers and we have found homes for hundreds.
Our volunteers spend their own monies in purchasing pet food, and give generously of their time to be a caregiver. Not many would do what we do. We have also re-homed chickens/roosters, and humanely trapped and removed injured feral pigs. We are always on alert in finding, dismantling and reporting illegal animal snares and traps that also could injure humans. Daily visits to the colonies helps ensure a safer area for all by reporting suspicious activities to the Department of Environmental Management Division Chief. Our volunteers abide by all the rules, and even more by picking up trash near the feed stations, and weed-whacking overgrown grass area. This all done FOR FREE!
The Crisis is:
The county leases the land for the Transfer Station from W. H. Shipman Ltd. In the new 20 year lease, Bill Walter, president of Shipman, for no reason except he can, inserted a clause that prohibits feeding feral cats on the property. This is his attempt to stop all our Good Samaritan/Humanitarian achievements for the animals and for the community at this location. We have asked numerous times for a meeting with Mr. Walter to discuss the situation, and he has refused to talk to us. The county did give us an extension until September to remove all the cats, but it is impossible to remove all the cats, and what happens to the ones we are not able to catch and the new arrivals? They will starve to death, this is animal abuse!
We need your help:
Even if most of the resident cats were removed from the Kea'au Transfer Station, the problem would continue. Heartless people will continue to abandon pets there, but they will no longer be spayed, neutered, fed or medically treated. They will be starving, invading the dumpsters, machinery, recycle center and thrift store. They will be having kittens, and be getting run over. If this is not what you want to see, please call Shipman’s Office (966-9325), send a fax (966-8522) or an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or write a letter (16-523 Kea'au-Pahoa Rd. Kea'au HI 96749). Ask Bill Walter to remove the clause from the new lease that prohibits feeding feral cats at the Kea’au Transfer Station. Call Mayor Kenoi (961-8211), and ask him to call Mr. Bill Walter and request the removal of the clause.
We will be removing many of the cats regardless of the outcome of our fight, so if you would like to donate monies, and/or materials as kennels, fencing, metal roofing to house and contain our furry friends, please contact us at (808) 968-8279, or www.hphhawaii.org. Send your checks to HPH, PO Box 943, Mt. View HI 96771
We need your help, and if you could open your heart and home to one or more of these sweet and loving kitties, please call us asap at 968-8279. Mahalo for your support.