The Queens’ Kitties have been fed for years; however, recently, an endangered species, the Nene Goose, has arrived at the feeding stations. Cat food is not an ideal diet, and attracting this endangered species to a public area with car traffic can pose a threat to their health and conservation efforts. A feeding ban was imposed as of April 21, 2023, and it is still in effect. There are over 150 cats that relied on this food, raising animal welfare concerns. Landowners, animal activists, and animal agencies were at odds with differing views on the best course of action.
Aloha Animal Oasis (AAO), Hawai’i Animal Kuleana Alliance (HAKA) and local supporters came together with a comprehensive plan to address the problem and manage the situation. This included the relocation of an estimated 150 cats, finding landowners/homes to rehome by providing/building outdoor (cat proof) enclosures with food, water and enrichment, where the cats can imprint on the new home and become outdoor companions. With cooperation of the Queens’ Marketplace property owners, Alexander & Baldwin and the DLNR and other government agencies the cats would be humanely trapped, spayed/neutered, microchipped, vaccinated and treated for fleas then relocated to adopters’ land and/or homes. This process would be repeated until as many cats as possible are trapped and relocated. This initiative shows a significant commitment to animal welfare and a humane solution to a human problem.