HCF Programs Helps Hawaii’s Feral Cats
HCF TNRM Program – This program is a proven effective method for the humane reduction of the feral/stray cat population. Responsible volunteer caretakers use humane traps to transport all feral/stray cats in the colonies they are caring for to be neutered/microchipped at the participating veterinarian or agency. Following this procedure, the caretakers return the cats to their colony environment. Following responsible guidelines, the caretakers continue to provide daily care for the feral/stray cats. HCF assists the caretakers in trapping and advocacy activities. Trapping/caretaker training is available. HCF also provides mediation in caretaker/landowner disputes. To date, HCFvolunteers have spayed/neutered over 5,000 cats throughout O’ahu, thus preventing many thousands of kittens from being born.
HCF Educational Program – HCF annually participates in such public events as the Hawaii Pet Expo, Aloha Festivals, organized cat fancier exhibitions and other appropriate events where the opportunity exists to promote responsible pet ownership – emphasizing the importance of neutering pet cats, as well as community ferals/strays. Information is provided regarding available low cost spay/neuter programs for owned cats and resources/referrals for assistance with community ferals/strays as part of a TNRM program.
HCF also works directly with social clubs, civic organizations, church groups, U.S. Military; as well as public and private elementary schools to provide TNRM information so that these groups may assist their local community and neighborhoods.
HCF/City & County Spay/Neuter/Educational Outreach Program –Early in 2001, HCF developed and is administrating a pilot spay/neuter/educational outreach program for the period between. The $20,000 program is being funded by a grant from the City & County of Honolulu, for the island of O’ahu. HCF is providing the administrative services of the program at no cost to city. This program utilizes spay neuter services by community-minded private veterinarians willing to provide the surgeries at a reduced cost. This program has been especially successful in the more remote areas of Oahu for the purpose of managing the stray cat population there. HCF committed $18,000 of the $20,000 for reimbursement to the participating veterinarians for surgery costs. $1,000 of the $20,000 is earmarked by HCF for the educational outreach component. Finally,HCF will apply the remaining $1,000 of the $20,000 as seed money to establish a reward program for information leading to the arrest and conviction of persons found guilty of abandonment/cruelty to animals. Both the Reward program and the Educational Outreach components are described below, under the HCF Educational Program heading.
HCF/City & County Spay/Neuter Educational Outreach – $1,000 of the $20,000 grant was earmarked by HCF for the educational outreach component, and complements the spay/neuter program by providing information on low cost spay/neuter options for owned and stray cats. To increase wider familiarity in the community regarding the TNRM program and to promote the importance of spaying/neutering pets, free informational flyers and/or presentations will be available to the public. The goal of this outreach program is to better inform neighborhoods around the island of options available to successfully and humanely manage feral/stray cat population in their areas. Flyers with this important information are available in English, and other languages. It is free to the public, and is being made available through a variety of sources. As an additional feature of the HCF/C&C educational outreach component, a speakers bureau for non-English speaking areas of the community is available.
HCF also administers and/or assists with sanctioned TNRM activities on college campuses, including the successful TNRM program begun on Chaminade University campus in 1992. HCF is currently in the process of developing a program to assist pre-veterinary students with obtaining useful experience relevant to humane feral cat management in the community, complementing their academic education with practical experience gained from participation in HCF program activities.
HCF Adoption/Sanctuary Program – A limited admission sanctuary for 100-150 cats is maintained in the rural Kahaluu – Kaneohe area on 1.19 acres. A smaller facility is maintained in the area of Manoa – Kaimuki. All sanctuary cats are spayed/neutered, FIV-FeLV tested, vaccinated, microchipped, and provided responsible daily care by trained staff and volunteers. Necessary veterinary care is provided by licensed veterinarians. Adoptable cats are healthy and sociable. There is a nominal adoption fee. Cats considered unadoptable are provided with responsible lifetime care at the HCF sanctuary. Lifetime residents of the sanctuary include cats who are physically challenged or have behavioral problems. These cats have adapted well to sanctuary living and provide inspiration to volunteers, or anyone else who encounters them.
Contact the HCF Adoption Program.
HCF policy regarding euthanasia: Euthanasia is administered only as a means of alleviating suffering from an injury or illness from which the cat cannot recover or has no chance of rehabilitation. It is never used to manage the population of the sanctuary, hence, the limited admission status of the sanctuary: admission is on space available basis, preference given to cats found by active HCF volunteers.
HCF Fundraising/Sanctuary Development – Sanctuary development refers to the research and further development of areas of the sanctuary property which will better enhance the cats’ cageless environment, providing physical as well as psychological enrichment for long term well-being.
The costs to HCF of providing a no-kill sanctuary for Oahu’s cats are about $7,000 per month. Your donations are the sole source of income to cover these costs. HCF receives no government funding. 100% of donations go directly to help the cats.
Various activities are planned annually to raise funds to support HCFactivities. Such activities include: periodic garage sales, exhibit and table appeals, car wash, bake sales, etc.
Spay/Neuter Clinics – To further support TNRM programs, HCF hosts a spay/neuter clinic for 40-50 cats quarterly. Your private donations support the costs, which are about $25 per cat.
HCF maintains an informational website at www.hicat.org.
HCF provides the various media with accurate information regarding humane feral/stray cat management.