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UH Mānoa Feral Cat Management Program

Program Overview

The purpose of the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Feral Cat Management Program is to provide a structure and framework, expectations and responsibilities, and rules and regulations for the investigation and management of homeless and feral cats on the Mānoa campus. Though the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa does not condone feeding stray and feral cats in colonies, this pilot project is an investigation into a management option to control and reduce the feral cat population on the university campus. Only cat caregivers and their assistants registered through UHM’s Facilities Management Office are authorized through this program to feed and care for homeless and feral cats on the Mānoa campus in accordance with the rules established.


UHM’s Animals on Campus Policy

University policy (M11.102) states that animals are allowed on campus under the following conditions:

  • Dogs, cats and other animals must be under control while on campus grounds and restrained by a leash or chain that does not exceed six (6) feet in length and that is in the hands of a responsible person;
  • Any dog, cat, or other animal brought to campus must be licensed and fully inoculated, with the burden of proof on the owner;
  • Fecal matter deposited by any dog, cat or other animal brought to campus must be removed immediately by the owner;
  • The feeding of animals near outside dining facilities and other campus areas which may result in a potential health hazard, a public nuisance or property damage is strictly prohibited; and,
  • Pets and other animals are not permitted in any campus building, with the exception of service animals “on duty” and accompanying a disabled person; authorized research animals; and animals used by law enforcement or emergency personnel.

Anyone not authorized to feed cats or other animals at UHM will be given a verbal warning from Campus Security, followed by a written warning, and may be subject to notifications to respective supervisors (Dean/Director/Vice Chancellor) or citations for trespassing.


Caring for UHM’s Colony Cats

This program relies on the cooperation and dedication of UHM’s authorized cat caregivers and their assistants. Authorized cat caregivers and their assistants work with the UHM Office of Facilities and Grounds to improve the management of UHM’s homeless and feral cats and the conditions in which the cats live on the university campus.

  • Cats on the UHM campus are cared for by authorized cat feeders at authorized locations. Feeding outside these locations at unscheduled times can negatively affect the cats health and make management difficult.
  • Extra food left by unauthorized feeders will attract pests, such as rats, mongoose, and cockroaches.
  • The cat you care for will be safer and happier in your home. Cats often die on the UHM campus due to vehicle strikes or being stuck in engines. Cat diseases also occur on campus. KEEP YOUR CAT SAFE AND TAKE IT HOME.

Anyone feeding cats on campus without authorization is in violation of university policy M11.102 and City and County of Honolulu litter control ordinances (ROH 29-4) and will be reported to campus security (808-956-6911).

Pet Abandonment

The Office of Facilities and Grounds and Authorized Cat Caregivers (ACC) have been working to reduce the population of stray and feral cats on campus by sterilizing cats in colonies. This has reduced the likelihood of new kittens in the population; however, cats are often abandoned on the university campus.

Pet abandonment is unlawful (HRS §143-2.6) and is considered animal cruelty. Anyone found to be abandoning their pet on campus will be reported to the authorities. If you witness pet abandonment on campus, please report the incident with any possible identifying information (vehicle license plate number, description of the vehicle, picture of the individual) to Campus Security (808-956-6911).

Below you will find links to important documents related to the homeless and feral cat management program here on the UH Mānoa campus. The Service Bulletin reviews the guidelines and procedures related to the program, the Program Brochure contains a wealth of information and will answer most questions about how feral cats are managed on campus, the Cat Colony Census Sheet can be used by Authorized Cat Caregivers (ACC's) to report data about their registered cat colony, and the Cat Caretaker Application can be filled out and submitted to the email address below if you are interested in becoming an Authorized Cat Caregiver.

Please contact the UHM Landscaping Department directly if you have any questions or would like to submit an ACC application.


Phone: 808-956-4626

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