One un-spayed female cat and one un-neutered male cat and their offspring can theoretically produce 420,000 kittens in seven years.* There are a variety of animal rescue groups on Maui trying to find homes for thousands of cats and kittens every year, but it’s a never-ending battle.
That’s why the Maui Humane Society (MHS) and The Humane Society of the United States have partnered to identify solutions to reduce the number of free roaming and feral animals on the island and across the nation. They’re hosting a free public presentation next month on their initial research findings of community cats.
Dr. John Hadidian and Dr. John Boone will present the initial findings of cat population research they conducted at Kanaha State Park and Iao Valley. Hadidian and Boone will discuss the challenges and opportunities on how best to humanely and effectively reduce free-roaming cat populations, as well as how the public can help.
Members of the Maui County Animal Coalition, including the Maui SPCA and Feline Foundation of Maui, will also discuss their ongoing efforts and services.
The presentation will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 14, from 6-8pm at the Kihei Community Center, located at 303 E. Lipoa St. in Kihei.
MHS encourages participants to attend the event armed with questions and suggestions to help determine how Maui residents can best work together to protect all animals. Please call Maui Humane Society at 808-877-3680 x36 for additional information.
*Editor’s note: I mistakenly left this obviously bogus stat in the text. My bad. Click here to find out more as to why it’s so popular, and so very wrong.
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