Maui County Animal Coalition to host Humane Society experts

Experts will discuss feral cats and their impact on Maui’s wildlife populations at a meeting hosted by the Maui County Animal Coalition at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Hale Mahaolu Elima community room.

The speakers will be John Hadidian, John Boone and Inga Gibson. The meeting is open to the public.

Hadidian is senior scientist for The Humane Society of the United States’ wildlife program, which addresses a broad range of issues in advocacy for wildlife and the protection of the habitats that sustain wild animals. His specialization is urban wildlife.

Boone is a wildlife biologist with Great Basin Bird Observatory and bio-statistical expert with the International Humane Society International, Scientific Advisory Board, Alliance for Contraception in Cats and Dogs and a recognized expert in feral cat and wildlife issues.

Gibson is the Hawaii director of The Humane Society of the United States, which is working toward building coalitions and partnerships to better protect animals, strengthen animal welfare laws and policies, assist with providing direct care to animals in crisis, and engage like-minded citizens to promote the protection of all animals.

According to Maui County Animal Coalition Chairman and Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Maui representative Peter Tierney, the coalition is a group of most of Maui’s companion animal advocate nonprofits that meets monthly, with the goal of working together to solve the issues facing Maui’s companion animal community.

Group members include Save an Animal, Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Maui, Hawaii Animal Rescue Foundation, 9th Life Hawaii, Maui Pitbull Rescue and the Molokai Humane Society.

Those interested in more information about the Maui County Animal Coalition or to RSVP for Tuesday night’s meeting may call Tierney at 280-0738 or email