02/13/2015 04:19 EST | Updated 04/15/2015 05:59 EDT

Group busy rescuing cats from areas near Hawaii lava flow

HILIO, Hawaii - An animal rescue group is taking in stray cats near an active volcano on Hawaii's Big Island.

The Hawaii Tribune-Herald ( reports the non-profit Hui Pono Holoholona has rescued a number of cats from areas near lava in the small town of Pahoa.

Frannie Pueo is with the group, which operates the Pono Animal Way Sanctuary. She says most of the rescued cats are feral, but she believes some were abandoned by residents who evacuated from the area.

Pueo says she worries cats left behind might not be able to survive.

Lava from Kilauea (kih-luh-WAY'-uh) volcano reached Pahoa this fall. It has since crossed a rural road, burned a house and caused the evacuation of businesses at Pahoa Marketplace.

The rescue group is recovering cats from areas around the shopping centre and the Pahoa Family Health Center.


Information from: Hawaii Tribune-Herald,