Target: Hui Pono Holoholona spokeswoman Frannie Pueo
Goal: Thank the Hui Pono Holoholona nonprofit for saving abandoned cats from encroaching lava flow.
Volunteers have been rescuing cats from a painful death as the lava flow from an active volcano continues to spread over Hawaii. Many of the cats are feral, though some of them have been abandoned by families that fled their homes to escape the danger. These cats are less likely to be able to survive in the wild and would have probably died without the intervention of these brave and caring volunteers.
The nonprofit animal rescue organization Hui Pono Holoholona operates a no-kill animal shelter in Mountain View and has been coordinating volunteer efforts to save cats from the lava erupting from the hyper active Kilauea volcano. According to the organization, cats don’t understand how to react to lava flow and will try to escape from it by climbing trees or hiding in caves where they’ll end up trapped.
Many people also assume that they can leave their pet cats behind because they can survive by hunting, but domesticated cats often don’t have the skill to feed themselves in this way. In order to protect them, the nonprofit has been leaving out humane traps that allows them to collect the cats and move them to a protected shelter.
Without these volunteers, dozens or more cats could have died a gruesome death. Their efforts deserve recognition, as most people don’t bother to think of cats during natural disasters like the eruption. Sign this petition to offer your thanks to the women and men who risked their own safety to protect animals who might have been unable to protect themselves.
Dear Ms. Pueo,
I wanted to thank you for your continuing efforts to rescue feral and domesticated cats from the lava flow coming from the Kilauea volcano. I understand that you’re using humane traps and feeders so that you can move these animals to a safe area where they won’t be trapped by lava and left to die a terrible death.
During a time when cats are being abandoned under the assumption that they can survive on their own, few people would volunteer their time and energy to save them. Without you, many cats would have likely died from the lava as their natural escape instincts tend to lead them to places where they would have ended up trapped.
Your organization and the volunteers serving it are heroes and deserve to be recognized as such. It’s my hope that other animal shelters and people in general will be inspired by your actions and remember to think of the cats during any future natural disasters. Thank you again for everything you’ve done to protect these animals.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Brocken Inaglory via Wikimedia Commons