Target: Bernard Ploeger, President of Chaminade University
Goal: Provide care for feral cats at the Chaminade University of Honolulu, Hawaii
More than 120 feral cats currently reside on the campus of Chaminade University of Honolulu, Hawaii. Volunteers have been caring for the cats for over a decade, feeding them and implementing the trap-neuter-release-management plan, which neuters the cats to get to the root of the overpopulation problem.
However, now the University President, Bro. Bernard Ploeger, has decided ban volunteers from feeding the cats. He claims that the cats pose a danger to students, faculty, and staff of the University, citing slippery food dishes being left around and the increased presence of fleas and cat feces. He also says the volunteers pose a liability issue for the University, despite the fact that the volunteers have offered to sign a liability waiver in order to continue helping the cats.
The cats on the Chaminade University campus are dying without help from the volunteers. They have become reliant on humans for food, and are now starving. In addition, citizens now leave unwanted, unneutered, cats on the campus, and without the volunteers present to neuter the animals the population will increase uncontrollably, leading to even more uncared for, starving cats.
The University claims that without the volunteers to care for them, the cats will simply revert back to their wild state, hunting for food to survive. This is simply not true. Cats are domesticated animals, and the cats on the Chaminade University campus in particular have become accustomed to human care and feeding. They are dying of starvation without human care. Demand that President Bro. Bernard Ploeger revoke this policy, allowing volunteers to sign liability waivers and continue helping the cat population on campus.
Dear President Bro. Bernard Ploeger,
Please revoke your policy banning volunteers from helping the feral cat population on the campus of Chaminade University of Honolulu. The cats who reside on your campus have come to rely on volunteers for food, learning to depend on humans for survival. Without the food provided by the volunteers, the cats will die of starvation—they are already dying. They will not suddenly learn to hunt and survive on their own.
The volunteers also contribute to remedying the overall problem of such a large, feral cat population presence. They neuter the cats on your campus, preventing the population from growing. Citizens in your area have learned to drop off unwanted cats to the campus, and without the volunteers to neuter them, the cat population will continue to grow, leaving more cats uncared for to starve. Please allow the volunteers to sign liability waivers so that they can continue to help the feral cat population on your campus.
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