Shocked at Hoe’s firing

To the Forum:I am writing to you to express my shock at the great

injustice done by the Humane Society Board in firing Humane Society Director,

Sherry Hoe, an injustice not only to Ms. Hoe, and to the highly dedicated

Humane Society Staff, but most especially to the defenseless dogs and cats of


Last summer I worked with Sherry, Julia and other wonderful staff

members transporting and finding homes for a few dogs under the Angel Rescue

Program. Much loved, Beauty, is still with me. Rocco found a home with my vet,

who is never without him. Molly and Scubie live with one of my daughter’s

college teachers. These are just a few dogs who would have been put to death

without the most dedicated staff of any Humane Society I have ever


How could the Board have fired someone whose work and motives

are as fine? They should be giving her special recognition for her outstanding

and unselfish work. The staff walkout is powerful testimony to Sherry’s passion

and dedication.

I can only believe that she was fired because of private

veterinarians’ worry that they might lose a bit of business to the Humane

Society. Surely they can compete. Honolulu and mainland vets are not

complaining of low cost spay neuter clinics, but welcome the help in

controlling the number of unwanted animals. A spay neuter clinic is long

overdue on Kaua’i where there has been for quite some time a surprisingly large

number of unwanted dogs and cats.

Sherry deserves a St. Francis medal for

her concern for animals. She is clearly an inspiration to an equally dedicated

and passionate staff.

Helen Knight Fauss (former Honolulu


Fairfax, California


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