Letters for Sept. 9, 2016

•  Thank you Penny

Thank you Penny

I would like to take this opportunity to thank outgoing director of the Kauai Humane Society, Penny Cistaro, for all of her hard work and dedication to the animals and pet owners on Kauai. I know that it is often times a thankless job with people not always knowing a situation and feelings can often be hurt.

Case in point is the rather extensive (by Garden Island standards)” expose” of the five kittens euthanized by the Kauai Humane Society on Aug. 8 and reported in the Garden Island on Sept. 7. Unfortunately, I can only assume this is a necessary procedure conducted by-weekly judging by the numbers of intake in the article. This type of bad publicity can only hurt fund- raising and the Kauai Community Cat Project, regardless of its fine efforts on behalf of the unwanted pets, should know better.

Also disturbing to me, but not nearly as well reported, was the decision by Alaska Airlines to discontinue their program of transporting animals to the Mainland for adoption. The few facts reported that someone on the Mainland didn’t pick up some dogs in a timely manner that were transported from the Big Island so the airline decided to stop this service for the Big Island Humane Society, Maui Humane Society and Kauai Humane Society. I would sure like to know more about this, and I would also like to see Alaska Airline re-consider its decision. I would also like to see other airlines come up with similar programs as it saved a lot of animals.

Anyway, as long as people do not spay and neuter their pets, we will never have a no-kill shelter and people like Penny Cistaro will continue having to make these life or death decisions. Again, thank you Penny and I hope you find happiness on your journey.

Allan B White, Hanapepe

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