Pandemic, animal control issues exacerbate cat overpopulation
By KELSEY WALLING Hawaii Tribune-Herald | Friday, February 18, 2022, 12:05 a.m.
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Two cats begin eating food from Joan Cudeback near Suisan in Hilo. Cudeback is one of the many people who have been taking care of a colony of cats near Liliu’okalani Gardens. Cudeback takes the cats to the vet when they seem sick and makes sure they are spayed or neutered. (Kelsey Walling/Hawaii )
Frannie Pueo and Kay Tanaka stand together last week at Wailoa River State Park after speaking about Hui Pono Holoholona.
The Big Island’s stray and feral cat population has reached a “critical stage” because the COVID-19 pandemic and animal control problems have reduced spay and neuter opportunities and limited the intake of felines.