Free feral cat traps can be hard to find
Question: It's difficult getting a Humane Society trap for free feral cat sterilization. I want to make a difference; is there anything else I can do?
Answer: Cat traps can be scarce at the Hawaiian Humane Society. While an inconvenience for some, it's also a positive sign that many responsible colony caregivers are working diligently to trap and neuter.
Traps are purchased out of donations from caring animal lovers. If you use a cat trap regularly, consider purchasing your own at Ace Hardware (stores located in Honolulu, Kaneohe and Kapolei). A Stray Cat Rescue Kit, which includes a cage and cover, is also available for purchase online at www.havahart.com.
A homemade trap is not recommended as it can be a safety issue for both cat and human.
Q: How can I educate others about feral cats?
A: There's no end to the number of things you can do to help cats in your community. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
» Encourage your condominium association to start a Trap, Neuter, Return and Manage program. This humane strategy gradually and effectively reduces the colony's size.
Trapped kittens can be placed in foster care to be socialized. Adult ferals can be sterilized by the Humane Society and returned to their colony. The trapping program is a leading reason that Oahu's feral cat population hasn't been increasing.
» If you notice someone feeding feral cats, thank them, tell them about the trapping program and offer to help monitor the traps, rescue kittens and facilitate sterilization.
In an independent study, Ward Research found that 17 percent of respondents, or 46,000 people, are feeding cats that they do not consider their own. If you or someone you know is doing so, try to gain the animal's trust and work with the Humane Society to ensure that the cat is not registered as lost.
Then, take the next step: Consider getting the animal sterilized, take it to the veterinarian and adopt it as your own.
The Hawaiian Humane Society welcomes questions by e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org
. Indicate "Pet Ohana" in the subject line. Or, write "Pet Ohana," Hawaiian Humane Society, 2700 Waialae Ave., Honolulu 96826.