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
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.