Chaminade University of Honolulu is home to a colony of approximately 120 feral cats. For over a decade, volunteers have been feeding and managing their numbers with the effective TNRM (trap-neuter-release-manage) program. As of June 2013, campus officials have ordered that feeding of these feral cats be discontinued and volunteers are no longer permitted on campus to help with the colony.
Chaminade University has been seen trapping these feral cats and their vehicles have been spotted dropping these animals off at the Hawaiian Humane Society. Due to the nature of feral cats, they are unlikely to be socialized and made available for adoption.
Multiple organizations including the Hawaiian Humane Society, Humane Society of the United States, Animal Rights Hawaii, Hawaii Cat Foundation, and Best Friends have contacted Chaminade officials to address the feral cat situation and volunteer to assist with efforts to humanely control the population.
Alexis is petitioning Chaminade University of Honolulu on the website Change.org and asking that they change their mind regarding the management of their feral cat colony. Hawaii Cat Foundation is willing to resume their TNRM program with zero cost to the University. She believes this is the most effective and humane way to deal with this feral cat colony. According to Alexis Jamison the University is not allowing colony caretakers on school property to properly care for the cats.
As a student of Chaminade I have noticed the once “out of control” cat population has been reduced. The feral cats would come out of the bushes as I walked by and a few of them were hissing. Most of the cats would run back into the bushes but it appeared that the number of cats might be a problem for the University. The health and safety issued posed by cat feces and urine alone should not have to be inflicted on the University. The safety of students should also be a consideration.