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As leaders of the No Kill Movement on Maui, we are thrilled to let our supporters know that 9th Life Hawaii sponsored the VERY FIRST NO KILL Conference in the entire state of Hawaii. We were the honored hosts of the three leaders of this movement. Our goal was for these three No Kill leaders to inspired our community to emulate their success:  Guest Speakers were: Nathan Winograd who created the first No Kill community in Tompkins County, NY and now heads the San Francisco-based No Kill Advocacy Center; Ryan Clinton, Appellate Attorney, co-founded No Kill Austin (Texas) which became the largest No Kill community in America in 2011 with a 90% save rate at its open-admission shelter and Diane Blankenburg, Community Programs/Development Director of the Nevada Humane Society, also an open admission shelter.

The Nevada Humane Society takes in more than twice the national average per 1000 people and has a 91+% save rate for both dogs and cats. Nevada Humane Society has become a national model. We hope to be the same for our great state of Hawaii!  The Guest Speakers and No Kill leaders who attended are shown below. A heartfelt Thank You to everyone who participated, it was a huge success!

This book review is about: "Friendly Fire” by Nathan Winograd and Jennifer Winograd. (Paperback version is now available from Amazon.com)
I loved this book. I have read all 3 of Nathan Winograd's books and "Friendly Fire” packs a walloping punch. It is his best book by far. This book goes behind closed doors and although the truth is not pretty, as animal lovers and as tax payers who fund these shelters and for the misguided donors to PETA, the Humane Society of the United States and the ASPCA, we need to know the truth. Friendly Fire is a must read for animal lovers.
There is a way out of the killing of thousands and thousands of animals in our local municipal shelters which are usually and incorrectly called "HUMANE" societies. There is nothing HUMANE about killing healthy or treatable animals. For example: At the Maui Humane Society, newborns without mothers are killed because they cannot eat by themselves. Could you imagine if we used that same logic for human beings?
It is time to square off against the organizations that call themselves HUMANE and who rake in hundreds of millions of dollars annually and kill their rescues, like PETA. These organizations say that to kill is humane. It is not humane. It is the final abuse. The Humane Society of the United States and the ASPCA dump thousands of their rescues on the overcrowded nearby shelters, who then must kill animals in their own shelters to make room or kill the "rescues".
What do the big three do with all their money? Well, it is NOT about saving lives. It IS about pouring money into advertising so they can get even more donations. It is about maintaining the status quo and keeping the bureaucracy in place where CEO's can make $150,000 or more a year, plus fees for their "humane" speaking engagements. Read their Federal form 990's (Federal form open to the public) and see where the money goes.
If you love animals, you must read this book. There is a way out of the killing. And it starts by utilizing Nathan Winograd's NO KILL EQUATION. If you don't believe NO KILL is possible, start by checking out these websites; www.nokilladvocacycenter.org or check out the Nevada Humane Society, an open-admission shelter, which has been NO KILL for years.

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Aloha Blue Charters-Snorkel Boat out of Ma'alaea
BJ's Chicago Pizzeria
Bubba Gump Shrimp Co
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Chez Paul Restaurant
Curtis Wilson Cost Galleries
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Gecko Trading Co. Boutique-Makawao
Haleakala ATV Tours-UpCountry Maui
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Hana Herbs & Flowers
Hotel Hana Maui
Hui No Eau Visual Arts Center
Ka'anapali Kai Charters
Leilani's on the Beach (TS Restaurants of Hawaii and California)
Maui Classic Charters (Four Winds and Maui Magic)
Maui Dive Shop Sunset Sail
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Judith Anderson, Myrtle Agrabante, Mary Artese, Bonnie Brown, Emily Chung, Sandra Curtis, Nina Davis, Helen Domer, Sharon Fairclo, Paul Freeman, Joii Guerrero, Sandy & Ramen Hill, Margaret Keller, Candace Kerber, Charles Mannix, Claire & Martin Murray, Leona Nichols, Gisela Osnabruegge, Alyce Ostler, Linda Ringsby, Trudi Ringsby, Polly & J.S. Sack, Carol Schmidt, Claire Stucklen, Diane & Russell Wilson, John Varel

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Monthly donations are so VERY important. They enable us to budget our expenses. Donations are always needed as we have at least 200 cats at the sanctuary on any given day. 9th Life cats are well fed and we treat every treatable illness. They receive the best medical care, pest control treatment and lots of love always.. And remember your ENTIRE donation goes to help the cats because we are run strictly by volunteers. NO ONE RECEIVES A SALARY. You can set up monthly or make an individual donation through this link .....


9th Life Hawaii would like to take this opportunity to thank Petco Foundation for a most generous grant towards our Spay/Neuter clinics which should enable us to sterilize more than 600 cats. For their ongoing support and grants towards our high-volume, pediatric Spay/Neuter clinics. Our current clinic ends March 2, 2011 and our next clinic sponsored in part by Petco will be in the Spring of 2011. Dates to be announced. We look forward to a long, successful partnership with the Petco Foundation that will enable us to compassionately and non-lethally bring about a decrease in the cat population on Maui. We are also hopeful that Petco will open a store here soon so we can augment our adoptions in one of their stores. It’s a bit much for us to take the kitties to the mainland to showcase our kitties in one of Petco’s adoption clinics. So, if you think a Petco on Maui is a good idea (we certainly do) please click here to visit their Petco Foundation website, and let them know. And once again, a big MAHALO to Petco Foundation for their ongoing support.

All of us at 9th Life Hawaii (including over 200 cats and kittens) want to thank the Iams Dog & Cat Food Company for donating 2 pallets of cat food. That's a LOT of food. It is truly a blessing to have such high-quality food donated and we are grateful. Our special needs cats (those with medical or digestive problems) do especially well on Iams and so we truly appreciate this donation. We note ease of digestion and much needed weight gain amongst cats suffering from digestive problems. We salute you Iams for your generosity. Your product makes a difference!

"Maui Bling by Deneen” Check out these artistic compositions that utilize Swarovski Elements! Using only her hands and tweezers to apply crystals, Deneen artistically produces unique, one of a kind creations. Some of these items are Hawaiian flowers, golf markers, Lauhala headbands, stylus, baseball caps, badge reels, and adorable wine glass identifiers. She creates new products every year and is constantly inspired by the beauty within the island of Maui. If you bring it, she can bling it!!! MauiBlingByDeneen.com

You can find Deneen exclusively at trunk and craft shows at both the Westin Villas and the Westin Resort and Spa. See her website for specific schedule information! Etsy.com/shop/MauiBlingByDeneen

Paul Scalici of Affordable Electrical & Plumbing 283-4413. Paul donated the electrical and plumbing install in our Isolation Building. He did a great job.

UpCountry Rotary Club – A big Mahalo for the finishing touches (painting) our Isolation Building

Maui College Construction Academy – This college program teaches students valuable construction skills that will give them life-long earning power and abilities. They will be building 4’ x 6’ feeding stations that can double as shelter in bad weather. You can help 9th Life by donating roof shingles, 4’ x8’ plywood, exterior paint and primer and 2” x 4” x 8’.s

And another Big Mahalo to Keith Knapp of Island Carpentry (298-6389) who built a cattery deck and roof and stairs plus helped remodel some rooms in the interior of the sanctuary.

Joel Eser Richman, Attorney At Law, ( a true animal lover ) he has been doing pro-bono work for 9th Life Hawaii and we cannot thank him enough. If you need a good attorney on Maui, please give Joel a call (808) 572-6293, or email jer@haikulaw.com


9th Life would like to recognize the hard work, devotion and commitment from our dedicated group of volunteers. They are truly "9th Life Angels". We couldn't do it without you. In alphabetical order.


Judy Anderson, Mary Artese, Debra Bauer, Cynthia Bocoboc, Helen Domer, Alex Fankhanel, Catherine Giamenelli, Peg Keller, Sue Liscombe, Nora Miyahira, Martin Murray, Eva & Gerhard Opel, Lori Oura, Doris Pompillio, & Lynn Solu, Susan Rodriguez, Belinda Sauro, Stephen Sussman Kathy Trott, Kari Wongsam



Lets Make Maui NO-KILL!!

Maui had a golden opportunity when the Board of the Maui Humane Society (MHS) was looking for a new Executive Director in 2014. They could have stipulated in the contract that the new Executive Director MUST be committed to taking MHS "No Kill". They could have stipulated in the contract that the new Executive Director was to begin implementing the successful No Kill Equation immediately. Nathan Winograd, Executive Director of the No Kill Advocacy Center has stated that most of the facilities and there are hundreds of them, that have gone No Kill did so in less than 7 months. Unfortunately, the Maui Humane Society's Board of Directors did not make these stipulations and the new Executive Director has not moved forward actively to bring about a No Kill shelter. MHS has not hired a second vet to increase the number of sterilizations they do. MHS appears to be following the same philosophy of killing that has been in place for 60 years although it is obviously a failed method of feline population control. If you want to help an organization that actively promotes No Kill, we ask for your help and on behalf of the kitties, we ask for donations. Small or large, all donations help. As a No Kill facility, we never take the easy way out. Every cat that needs medical help, receives medical help. It is not labeled untreatable and killed. When cats need special diets, they receive their special food. We have all kinds of special-needs cats at 9th Life, from one-eyed cats to 3 limbed cats, to cats dealing with kidney failure or cancer. They all receive the special care they need. They are not "euthanized" because their care got expensive. We ask you to think about these issues when considering donating to an animal rescue group. We truly are an animal RESCUE group and we truly need your help to help the kitties.

Aloha & Welcome From Phyllis Tavares, Executive Director 9th Life HI

URGENT - Kitten season is here, please adopt a new best friend from us!! Click photo to meet some of our Adoptables & Fall in Love. 808-866-3049!

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Aloha and Welcome from Phyllis Tavares, Executive Director of 9th Life Hawaii. We are Maui’s largest, non-profit, NO KILL, Cat Rescue & Sanctuary. On any given day, we provide a safe haven for about 275 cats and we have now sterilized about 6,700 cats. We welcome you to our site.

It seems in Hawaii we are always knee deep in kitten season, since our seasons barely change. We always have lots of adorable adoptables of all ages, and colors available. Many of our kitties can be viewed at petfinder.com, on our website and also on Craig's List-Maui.

If after viewing our kitties, one or more of them wrap their paws around your heart, please call us (808-866-3049) for directions to the sanctuary where you can meet hundreds of adoptable kitties. All visits to the sanctuary are by appointment as we do not have a large enough staff available every day.

9th Life has rescued many orphan bottle babies including newborns over the years.  All initially require special food and many require supplements and medication.  Your donations help us to save these precious lives.  These bottle-babies, hand-fed by humans are extremely loving and attached to humans.  They make wonderful companions. We have many available for adoption.

We also work closely with tourists who want to "Take a Furry Reminder of Maui Home with Them". We can provide carriers and discounted vet certificates for airline travel. We have sent quite a few Maui kitties to the mainland in 2014.


Donations can be mailed to 9th Life Hawaii - Box 476 - Makawao, HI 96768. Donations can also be made with a credit card if you have a PayPal account.

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We have many old cats (late teens to twenty years of age). A goodly number spent their entire lives at 9th Life where they received quality care, great food and medical attention when needed. We thank our donors for enabling us to provide well for these cats. As more and more of our older kitties need specialized care, we are happy to announce that the Senior Retirement Villa is almost complete.

Senior Retirement Villa

Volunteers standing by the ladder: From left to right: Keola Sequiera, Jerry Piller, Paul Takayama, Conrad Engleke (behind Paul), Bill Immarino and John Hara. Not shown is Rodney Jung who along with Jerry Piller also put the special "cat proof” fencing up around the Senior Retirement Villa.

This special area will enable us to keep all the older kitties in one place where we can easily monitor their health. Again, we thank our supporters whose donations helped us purchase this large shed which we are using as a cattery. We are also grateful to all the volunteers who put it painstakingly together (It came in pieces like a Lego set.) and installed the fencing. A big MAHALO to you all. All we need now are comfy pillows to place in the cubbies, a storage bin for food and water, a second storage bin or an enclosed cabinet for medical supplies, etc and a small examining table.

Spay & Neuter Clinics

9th Life Hawaii has now sterilized about 6,018 cats, most of them in our very own fully-equipped surgery room. We are attempting to hold at least 2 Spay/Neuter clinics per month until Dr. Tom arrives back in Hawaii in October. Then we will have our usual 5-6 day clinic. As successful as our clinics are, we would still like to purchase a Spay/Neuter van to reach the under-served communities at Hana, the Westside and other remote areas on Maui. These vans cost about $125,000.00 plus the shipping to Maui. Is there anyone out there with a big heart and a bigger pocketbook, please contact us.

Please call 808-866-3050 to register a cat(s) for our ongoing Spay/Neuter clinics. You can click on the link for Spay/Neuter on our website to print out a surgical consent form which must be mailed back to us at 9th Life Hawaii Box 476 Makawao, HI 96768.

If you would like to help in any of these areas, please call us at (808) 572-3499 or contact us via email at 9thlifehawaii@9thlifehawaii.org.
Donations can be mailed to 9th Life Hawaii - Box 476 - Makawao, HI 96768. Donations can also be made with a credit card if you have a PayPal account.




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We are presently providing shelter for just under 300 cats. These cats receive the best of care, special foods and vet care when needed and because we are NO KILL, they will continue to receive five star care and medical care as needed. We do not euthanize an animal because its medical care has become expensive. We cut no corners. We only euthanize if an animal is suffering, the pain cannot be managed and/or there is absolutely no hope of recovery. EVERY treatable illness is treated. Never doubt for a moment: Your donations save lives every single day at 9th Life Hawaii.

We also encourage you to sign up for our newsletters which frequently mention our door prizes. One lucky gentleman was the winner of a week’s vacation at a luxurious Maui condo. We can also accept vehicles online through Donation Line, LLC and we always need gift certificates for our auctions. And of course, monetary donations always help.

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Address: PO Box 476,
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