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Cat lovers protest Chaminade policy for feral felines

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

It's a feud over feral cats at Chaminade University.

About 35 cat lovers protested outside the school Saturday afternoon, saying administrators are guilty of animal cruelty.

"Trap-Neuter-Return is the only method that humanely deals with the population," says Christin Matsushige of the Hawaii Cat Foundation.

Matsushige is angry that the school doesn't participate in the Trap-Neuter-Return Management program, or TNRM.  The university did for 20 years, trapping strays, then taking them to the humane society to be fixed, before returning the animals to the colony.  The school also allowed activists to feed the animals on campus.  But all that changed in May.

"It just didn't work, I wish it did work," says Kapono Ryan, spokesperson for Chaminade University. 

The school says the stray cat population continued to thrive and claims feeders were just throwing the food around the campus, making a mess.

Instead, the school started trapping the cats and turning them into the Hawaiian Humane Society.  Unadoptable cats were often euthanized.

Just this past week, the school and humane society created a partnership.  Cats now deemed unadoptable will be sent to a rescue group called 'Poi Dogs and Popoki' which has a cat sanctuary.

"We have no plans to euthanize the cats," says Mary Steiner of the Hawaiian Humane Society. "Those that are (adoptable) we'll work to find homes for."

But the Hawaii Cat Foundation says this new plan won't work because removing the cats will only make room for others to move in. 

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