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City turning attention to managing free-roaming cats

HONOLULU – The city is moving aggressively to help keep in check its population of stray cats that roam alleys, empty lots and other hidden corners of Oʻahu.

The response stems from a sharp decrease over the past two years in use of the city-funded Feline Fix spay and neuter service, which is a key initiative aimed at managing the population of free-roaming cats in the City and County of Honolulu.

The number of spay and neuter surgeries performed under the program fell to 6,966 in fiscal year 2023 from 9,261 in fiscal year 2021.

“We are committed to working closely with our community partners to bring new energy and needed resources to managing the free-roaming cat population in the City and County of Honolulu,” said Kim Hashiro, director of the city’s Department of Customer Services.

The Hawaiian Humane Society administers the Feline Fix program for the city, using the “Trap-Neuter-Return-Manage” approach to managing and monitoring free-roaming cat colonies. The approach involves enlisting community cat caregivers to trap cats in their neighborhood and take them to a participating clinic to be spayed or neutered, ear-notched, vaccinated and microchipped. After recovery, cats are returned to their colony and cared for by their designated caregiver. In a well-managed colony, the population remains steady or in decline and feeding is controlled to minimize cats getting into garbage or killing wildlife.

Learn more online at
Feline Fix.

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