Call, Email, Write, Contact - Support TNRM

Since yesterday many of you have contacted Hui Pono Holoholona,  asking how and if you can help: Yes you can;   Please write to the editor of the news paper your outrage, your county council persons, and the Mayor's office.  Your voices are extremely important. 


East Hawai\u2018i: 25 Aupuni Street, Hilo, HI 96720
(808) 961-8211 | Fax: (808) 961-6553 | TDD: (808) 961-8521         

 Executive Assistant to the Mayor:   Karen Teshima  961-8565


District 1

Valerie Poindexter Phone:   (808) 961-8018 Fax:   (808) 961-8912  

District 2

J Yoshimoto Phone:   (808) 961-8272 Fax:   (808) 961-8912 

District 3

Dennis "Fresh" Onishi Phone:   (808) 961-8396 Fax:   (808) 961-8912  

District 4

Greggor Ilagan Phone:   (808) 965-2712 Fax:   (808) 965-2707 

District 5

Zendo Kern Phone:   (808) 961-8263 Fax:   (808) 961-8912 

District 6

Brenda Phone:   (808) 323-4277 Fax:   (808) 329-4786 

District 7

Dru Mamo Kanuha Phone:   (808) 323-4267 Fax:   (808) 329-4786  

District 8

Karen Eoff Phone:   (808) 323-4280 Fax:   (808) 329-4786  

District 9

Margaret Wille mwille@co.hawaii.hi.usPhone:   (808) 887-2069 Fax:   (808) 887-2072


   We have spay/neutered 99.9 of the cats at the Keaau TNRM colony; found homes for hundreds and hundreds, we have returned lost pets to their caregivers, we not only feed, we treat those on site with any medical problems, or remove when needed.  We de-worm, and de-flea when possible, so the colonies are in good health.  We also do random feline disease testing, as all finding homes are tested.    



I am contacting you to address our community's  current abandoned cat population and to offer some helpful suggestion to the council/mayor in humanely managing the situation. As you are probably aware, there are several methods of controlling cat populations; however, only one particular method provides, not only a humane solution, but also an effective and less costly solution. The method I am referring to is Trap-Neuter-Return and Manage or TNRM.

Yes, various options exist; however, TNRM makes the most sense. The trap and kill method, and prohibiting people from feeding stray/feral cats... At first thought the idea of such an methods may seem to make sense; however, this  may only heighten the problem rather than help. The logic behind such bans is that if there is no food available, the cats will go away....(not at a transfer station).... Instead of blaming the feeders, we should encourage their acts of compassion by assisting them with the resources and information available to care for and sterilize the animals. After all, it is not necessarily their fault the cats are homeless; they are just trying to be upstanding citizens, by taking it upon themselves to help the animals.

 Simply prohibiting individuals from feeding strays/ferals will not solve the problem. Where there is a food source  there will be cats. And if individuals continue not to spay/neuter their pets, allowing them to reproduce, there will be stray/feral animals. Ultimately, we all need to work together, if we are to control the pet overpopulation. The current trend of scapegoating cats is very dangerous, for it fosters cruelty to animals, and the time spent placing

blame is only time wasted. Plus, non-lethal methods for controlling their populations exist and should be advocated by all who are trying to instill a more compassionate ethic towards the earth and all its inhabitants. 


Should you need further information on TNRM and feral cats, please ask or research the many humane groups  dedicated to TNRM such as:   Alley Cat Allies   Thank you for your  time and compassion for our feline friends!  


Ask me not what I have, but what I am...Heinrich Heine
If you have men who will exclude any of God's creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men. 
 St. Francis of Assisi