HONOLULU (KHON2) — Maui Humane Society has released instructions on how residents can help curb the cat overpopulation. According to the Maui Humane Society, “Trap, Neuter, Return is the humane and successful approach to addressing community cat populations. It saves cats’ lives and is effective in slowly diminishing population numbers, by preventing the vacuum effect.”
Maui is estimated to be home to over 40,000 free-roaming cats. Now the Maui Humane Society is implementing an island-wide “Community Cat Count.”
The Maui Humane Society plans to implement an island-wide “Community Cat Count” beginning in early August. The survey will be conducted across Maui as an effort to better understand and effectively manage the cat population as humanely as possible.
Maui estimated to have 40,000+ free-roaming cats. Maui is estimated to have 40,000 or more free-roaming cats according to Maui Humane Society. Maui Humane Society (MHS) is trying to crack down on free-roaming cats by announcing plans to implement an island-wide “Community Cat Count” they plan to start in August. MHS wants to better understand and effectively manage the cat population as humanely as possible and is hoping this new survey will help them.
Hawaii News Now: Efforts underway to get a more accurate count of feral cats, reduce concentrated populations
Efforts underway to get a more accurate count of feral cats, reduce concentrated populations. “It’s estimated that we have 40,000 feral cats here on Maui,” said Katie Shannon of the Maui Humane Society. “But it’s really based on a ‘finger in the air’ estimate.” To get a more accurate count, the Maui Humane Society is starting an island-wide survey in August, using tools developed by animal welfare groups and conservation scientists in Washington, D.C.
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