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Help Your Kitties ‘Beat the Heat’

9th Life offers free/low-cost cat spaying and neutering.

February 17, 2011
Maui Weekly

“We have vets coming all the way from the Czech Republic for our “Beat the Heat” event to help humanely and non-lethally limit Maui’s cat population,” said 9th Life Hawai‘i CEO Phyllis Tavares. “We would like to sterilize at least 350 cats. All cats are welcome. They can be pets, feral, strays or cats that just showed up at your house for a handout. We can sterilize cats as young as 8 weeks of age, but we do not sterilize obviously pregnant cats.”

Tavares said it’s important to sterilize male cats, too. “It reduces cat fights, which are the number one way potentially life-threatening diseases are spread from cat to cat,” she said. “It should also reduce spraying and wandering.”

9th Life Hawai‘i has helped our community sterilize more than 3,316 cats since beginning its program to humanely control the cat population on Maui.

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9th Live Hawai‘i CEO Phyllis Tavares has organized another six-day cat spay/neutering clinic to humanely and non-lethally limit Maui’s cat population.

“We suggest a modest $35 donation,” said Tavares, “but services are always free in cases of hardship.”

For more information, email or call 573-3365. Leave your name, phone number, number of cats, their sex and ages, and your mailing address or email address. The nonprofit will then send a surgical consent form along with instructions. 9th Life prefers correspondence via email to eliminate the cost of postage and use of paper.

Volunteers will pick up the cats on the Westside, Mä‘alaea, Kahului, Kïhei and Makawao to transport the cats to and from the clinics. For more information about 9th Life Hawai‘i, to meet adoptable kitties or to see how you can help, call 573-3365 or visit



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