A thousand cats sterilized in Hawaii overpopulation problem

A thousand cats sterilized in Hawaii overpopulation problem
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LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) - A transient organization has sterilized more than 1,000 cats in less than a year in Hawaii.

The Garden Island reported Wednesday that Animal Balance’s Spay Pod surpassed 1,000 surgeries in June to combat overpopulation in Kauai.

Animal Balance says the cats pose problems for bird populations and can carry a parasite known as toxoplasmosis harmful to humans and seals.

Representatives say the organization has formed mobile sterilization hospitals since January combined with nearby volunteer groups that average 600 animal sterilizations each week they work in the region.

Program director Elsa Kohlbus says they plan to complete 2,000 more procedures when they return in September.

Spay Pod says the free Sept. 8-12 event will be split in two locations in Kapaa and Poipu to increase their chances of reaching projected numbers.

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