Letters for August 9, 2016

• Attack warning would have been nice • KHS cat fee is prohibitive

Attack warning would have been nice

According to the Aug. 6 Garden Island, Keith Robinson stated the following in a Lihue community meeting regarding the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument expansion: ” My family was informed by the U.S. military very secretly about the coming attack on Pearl Harbor eight years before it happened.” Wow! It seems like someone would have felt the need to warn the people on Oahu during those eight years!

For the record, the island of Ni’ihau is owned by the Robinson family, not just Keith and his brother.

Linda Estes, Koloa

KHS cat fee is prohibitive

Kauai county has a cat problem. It’s no secret, there are just too many feral cats. As an animal lover, I am in favor of the trap, spay/neuter, and release method. Unfortunately, the Kauai Humane Society makes it very hard to do this.

I have two pet cats inside my home. Both have been spayed. I also have some feral cats that come to our carport looking for food. They’re hungry, I feed them. Some would argue that feeding feral cats just breeds more feral cats. While there may be some truth to that agreement, as an animal lover I am not prepared to sit back and let them starve to death.

As a responsible citizen I want to do what I can to reduce the feral cat population. With this in mind I have began trapping them and taking them to the Kauai Humane Society to have them spayed or neutered. But I don’t know how much longer I can continue to do this. The last cat I took there cost me $62. I was charged a neutering fee, a microchip fee, and a licensing fee. They charged me for a feral cat the same amount as a pet. I think they did this because the cat was tame and not considered to be feral.

I believe that we should be encouraged to bring in all cats, both pets and feral, and have them spayed and neutered. Even indoor pet cats that have not been spayed or neutered can get loose and contribute to the unwanted cat population. So we really need to get all cats spayed and neutered.

Having to pay $62 per cat can be a hardship on many Kauai residents, especially our senior citizens living on a fixed income. The Kauai Humane Society receives $760,000 per year from the county. This is money we have all paid with our taxes. If we are serious about lowering the cat population on Kauai then the Kauai Humane Society needs to have a lower fee available. Perhaps they could have a sliding fee based on income. Something needs to change. $62 is too high for many Kauai citizens and will retard efforts to reduce our unwanted cat population.

Roy Buduan, Hanapepe


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