Cat Rescue on the Big Island
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cats on the Big Island of Hawaii; advoCATS Inc. is a 501(C)(3)
nonprofit organization dedicated to the well being of Hawaii's
abandoned and homeless cat population. We support the Trap-Neuter-Return
program as the humane way to reduce the number of unwanted cats
and prevent the spread of feline diseases.
A new Shelter Challenge has begun!
The instructions and website are slightly different now,
so please note.
Go to www.shelterchallenge.com.
Enter AdvoCATS as the shelter name and click on the purple button
"Search". You should see us listed (as AdvoCATS Hawaii).
Click on the purple button "Vote" and enter the letters
indicated. It's that easy!
October 16th has been set aside for the observance of
feral cats. Those of us who work with the cats and the public
know there are strong passions on both for and against these cats.
The one thing that is true is that we have a lot of cats, feral,
abandoned and homeless. It didn't start here, it started with
the first ships and settlers and continued on with irresponsible
owners who have not had their animals spayed or neutered. Consequently,
we have a long history of unrestrained cat breeding. The cats
we see today are the ancestors of those cats. The truly feral
have had to learn to live off the land with water being their
main need. The cats you see around humans are primarily domestic
cats who have been abandoned, whether the owner moved, the cat
was pregnant or sick, they couldn't feed it anymore or just plain
don't want it. If a cat is pregnant it can be taken to the Humane
Society and the kittens adopted out, the mother spayed. If AdvoCATS
happens to get young kittens, young enough to be socialized, we
will foster them and get them adopted out. A cat is not garbage
and in adopting it it becomes a member of the family. You become
the responsible one to take care of it. Mayor Kenoi met with Nancy
Hitzemann and Cathy Swedelius to present us with a proclamation
in support of feral cat day and to thank AdvoCATS and its' for
all it's hard work.
compiled by Doris Day Animal League show that a male and female
cat can produce 12 cats the first year. If they all survive, those
12 produce 66 the second year, 382 the third year, 2,201 the fourth
year, and by the end of the ninth year, those two cats and their
many generations can produce 13,968,290 cats.
Since March 17, 1999, advoCATS, Inc. has spayed and neutered
If you use the above calculation, we have saved an unbelievably
large number of unwanted kittens from being born. The determination
of our volunteers, and the donations from many made it possible.
Are you or someone you know feeding cats
on the Big Island who are not members of advoCATS? Occasionally
our feeders will find left over cat food or empty food containers
at their regular feeding spots left by well meaning people. This
not only wastes food, but the advoCATS feeders time of going there
and feeding the cats. It also makes it hard for trappers to trap
a cat who has already eaten. The trappers always feed the colonies
after they have successfully trapped at that location.
At some of the locations, such as shopping centers, managers get
angry at people who leave behind the empty bags or cans and the
advoCATS feeder gets blamed for it. Our feeders are discreet and
clean up after feeding or trapping so as not to anger these places.
People may be well meaning, but sometimes they are making matters
worse for the cats and harder for the feeders. If you would like
to help with food or feeding, please contact us to see how you
can best help the cats.
We need volunteers
for various jobs: feeding, trapping, taking TNR cats to veterinary
appointments, fostering kittens and answering our advoCATS phone.
If you live on the Big Island of Hawaii and can spare a few hours
a week you could really make a difference. The rewards are infinite
and the kitties will thank you.
You can make a donation through Pay Pal by clicking
the button to the left or you can print the form on our
page and mail a check to us.
Give Aloha to the Kitties
During the month of September, you can make a donation to advoCATS
at any Foodland, Sack N Save, or Foodland Farms store, and a
portion of your donation will be matched by Foodland and Western
To make a donation, you must have a Maika’i
card (if you do not currently have one, you may request one
at checkout.) Inform the cashier you would like to make a donation
to advoCATS (our organization code is 77404.) Your donation
(max $249) may be made by cash, check or credit card.
Your donation amount and advoCATS’ name will show on your
receipt, so be sure to save your receipt to substantiate your
Please note that Foodland does not provide advoCATS
with the names or addresses of donors, so if you would like
a donation thank you/tax receipt from advoCATS, please send
an e-mail to email@example.com with a copy of your receipt,
along with your name and address. We will be happy to mail you
a donation thank you/tax receipt.
Kailua Kona Hawaii 96745
Phone: (808) 327-3724
Web Site: www.advocatshawaii.org