Letters: Absentee foundation keeps seeking donations

Wednesday October 02, 2019 Published in Letters to the Editor
he Esther Honey Foundation, which has offered free vet care on Rarotonga for 22 years, closed down in 2017. 17121320 he Esther Honey Foundation, which has offered free vet care on Rarotonga for 22 years, closed down in 2017. 17121320

Esther Honey Foundation ceased operating in the Cook Islands at the end of 2017 after being given a very generous grace period of two years by Government to find an alternative location.

 

It is now 2019, the 100 per cent local charitable vet clinic Te Are Manu is providing a much improved service.

The island is no worse off at all, in fact you now have all the associations who are passionate about animal welfare working together.

The big plus of having “gone local” with Te Are Manu is that all donations raised stay in the Cook Islands and are used 100 per cent to the benefit of our animals.

It is an absolute disgrace that Esther Honey Foundation are still using the name of the Cook Islands to generate donations – three years after they left the Cook Islands and have not been back.

And if you look at their web site you would easily be fooled into thinking they were still here. This is totally misleading and wrong.

Patricia Barton
President
Te Are Manu

 

I volunteered at Esther Honey and had nothing but enormous admiration for the qualified vets and nurses (also volunteers) and their round the clock dedication to the animals in their care.

While it’s great to have a vet practice now established in Raro, it’s a shame Esther Honey couldn’t continue to complement this. Definitely room for both!

Clare Strawson

 

I can only hope for these strays that the vets offer complimentary sterilisations for all dogs without owners. It’s one way to keep stray levels down and a small price to pay when you think one non desexed female dog can end up with an offspring of 66,000, due to her pups having pups, then their pups having pups, etc.

Janene Hill

 

I’m so sad to hear this! When I first visited Rarotonga and saw all the stray dogs, I was very pleased to learn of the Esther Honey Foundation’s work. What happened? Who’s looking after the beach dogs now?

Felicity Blake

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