Put Sherry Hoe back where she belongs

I submitted a letter dated June 9, 2000 to the Forum in regard to the Humane

Society’s dismissal of Sherry Hoe. However, my letter was not published in the

Forum as I had hoped.

Then I was fascinated to read the “Open letter” to

the people of Kaua’i from the Kaua’i Humane Society Board of Directors, of June

23, 2000. Ironically, “this Open letter” was followed two days later by an

advertisement for Executive Director of the Humane Society which describes the

very qualifications which I believe Sherry Hoe possesses, and which she

employed for the benefit of the Humane Society when she was the


To refer back to the “Open letter,” no recognition was given to

the devoted service performed over many years by Sherry Hoe, except for one

sentence in that entire long letter, which acknowledged the “accomplishments of

former management.”

I know from personal experiences with Sherry Hoe that

she is a caring person who truly wants to take care of every animal that needs

help. To those who are indifferent to the fate of all the unfortunate strays

and lost animals on this island I say, “Have a heart! And if you don’t care and

don’t want to be bothered there is someone who does care and has done so for

many years and her name is Sherry Hoe.”

Removing her from her position

seems especially cruel when the new Humane Society facility is so nearly

finished, after all her struggles, and the generous contributions made by her

husband. The old shelter near Port Allen was a disgrace and perhaps the new one

did not need to be as “fancy” to accommodate a scruffy population of strays.

But it could send a message to all who see it that Kaua’i is (or at least was?)

a caring island.

The veterinarians, some of whom will be angry at my

letter, are opposed to the spay-neuter clinic operated by the Humane Society.

But do they help reduce the population of stray animals capable of reproducing

far too many unwanted young? Of course not – they are business people. I can

not understand why they would oppose the low-cost spay-neuter clinic which

would operate on animals that would never be a part of their clientele and

never in this world see the inside of a veterinarian’s clinic, if not for this


Please, everyone who cares, let’s see Sherry Hoe back where she

belongs. And if there are enough of us who care, let us all focus our thoughts

on melting those cold hearts on the Humane Society Board.





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