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Forty veterinary hospitals throughout Hillsborough County say that Alley Cat Allies make fraudulent statements supporting TNR — 15 Comments

  1. Nothing about what HAHF is promoting or pursuing is logical. In fact, it’s bizarre.
    To even suggest that ferals should have “concentration camps” is off the wall. Not only would they be easy targets in those situations, but does HAHF intend to fund that project? I doubt it.
    Just in trying to follow their odd train of thought, they should also be promoting confinement for raccoons, opossums, and many other forms of wildlife, including birds.

  2. http://www.cdc.gov/parasites/toxoplasmosis/
    http://www.cdc.gov/parasites/toxoplasmosis/epi.html this is clear that food is the most common culprit. Also,cats get it by eating……BIRDS!,rats and other small animals. Hmmmm…their favored birds are giving cats diseases. They all want to wage war on cats when in fact other species infect the cats. Ironic?

    Toxoplasmosis is a disease caused by the parasite Toxoplasma gondii. More than 60 million people in the U.S. have the parasite. Most of them don’t get sick. But the parasite causes serious problems for some people. These include people with weak immune systems and babies whose mothers become infected for the first time during pregnancy. Problems can include damage to the brain, eyes, and other organs.

    You can get toxoplasmosis from

    Waste from an infected cat
    Eating contaminated meat that is raw or not well cooked
    Using utensils or cutting boards after they’ve had contact with contaminated raw meat
    Drinking infected water
    Receiving an infected organ transplant or blood transfusion
    Most people with toxoplasmosis don’t need treatment. There are drugs to treat it for pregnant women and people with weak immune systems.

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    As we all know,cats are not the monsters they want us to believe.

  3. One important fact we do know is that cats aren’t the only carriers of Bartonella. Currently, 27 species of animals that may harbor the Bartonella organism have been identified. Of course, not all of these can infect humans, but research is ongoing to identify those animals that can. There are still many questions about human bartonellosis to be answered.

    How common is cat scratch disease?

    It is not possible to give accurate estimates of the prevalence of CSD because not all cases are diagnosed or reported. However, it is thought to be a somewhat uncommon disease. Surveys carried out in the United States indicate that about 5% of the population has been exposed to infection, but only a small percentage of these people reported having the disease. It is likely that many human Bartonella infections go unnoticed without symptoms and appear to be nothing more than a mild “cold.” Once infected, most humans seem to develop some form of immunity against Bartonella. Kittens are more likely than adult cats to be infected and to pass the bacterium to people. Experts believe that about 40% of cats carry B. henselae at some point in their lives. Cats that carry B. henselae do not show any signs of illness; therefore, you cannot tell which cats can spread the disease.

    The term cat scratch disease also incorrectly implies that cats are the only source of transmission and infection. Although cats are a major reservoir for B. henselae and other Bartonella species that can cause human disease, some people infected with Bartonella have no history of a cat scratch or bite wound, and others have had no known contact with cats. In these people, transmission from environmental sources, various biting insects, or other animal hosts is likely.

    How do humans become infected?

    Although many cases of CSD follow a scratch from a cat, this is not universally true, as mentioned above. A few cases have occurred in people with no apparent contact with cats. Recent evidence suggests that the major route of cat infection with B. henselae is by a flea bite. Infected cats carry the microorganism in their blood, where it can be present in extremely high numbers. When a flea feeds on an infected cat, it ingests large numbers of the B. henselae organisms, some of which it is speculated may make their way into a human the next time the flea takes a meal. However, so far there is no evidence that a bite from an infected flea can give you CSD. A primary concern is that a cat bitten by a B. henselae–infected flea will leave excrement (flea dirt) on the cat that can be transmitted to humans and cause the disease.

    http://www.vcahospitals.com/main/pet-health-information/article/animal-health/cat-scratch-disease/64 or


    Cat scratch fever affects less than three in 100,000 people, and, on average, it is estimated that only 22,000 instances occur in the U.S. each year.
    If there are no blood tests given,cases are misdiagnosed.


    You can find plenty of facts on this,unlike the propaganda they are spreading.

  4. http://www.statisticbrain.com/rabies-virus-statistics/

    This for 2015, nationwide, US. I think someone is lying. HAHF?

    These are rabies cases nationwide,2010.

    Summary—During 2010, 48 states and Puerto Rico reported 6,154 rabid animals and 2 human rabies cases to the
    CDC, representing an 8% decrease from the 6,690 rabid animals and 4 human cases reported in 2009. Hawaii and
    Mississippi did not report any laboratory-confirmed rabid animals during 2010. Approximately 92% of reported rabid
    animals were wildlife. Relative contributions by the major animal groups were as follows: 2,246 raccoons (36.5%),
    1,448 skunks (23.5%), 1,430 bats (23.2%), 429 foxes (6.9%), 303 cats (4.9%), 71 cattle (1.1%), and 69 dogs (1.1%).
    Compared with 2009, number of reported rabid animals decreased across all animal types with the exception of a
    1% increase in the number of reported rabid cats.

    Two cases of rabies involving humans were reported from Louisiana and Wisconsin in 2010. Louisiana reported
    an imported human rabies case involving a 19-year-old male migrant farm worker who had a history of a vampire
    bat (Desmodus rotundus) bite received while in Mexico. This represents the first human rabies case reported in the
    United States confirmed to have been caused by a vampire bat rabies virus variant. Wisconsin reported a human
    rabies case involving a 70-year-old male that was confirmed to have been caused by a rabies virus variant associated
    with tri-colored bats (Perimyotis subflavus). So,where did they get their stats?

    They read the graphs wrong and neglected what the article said,just my opinion.

    I will be back with more……and we all know,true cases of cat scratch fever are rare,and toxoplasmosis is mainly from infected foods.

  5. The health statistics seems very misleading:
    “455 People in Florida given Rabies Shots from Cat Attacks in 2010!”
    – I’d love to see them provide evidence of this statistics, also to see that they are specifically from feral cats. Does the original article provides proof? Also, why did they choose 2010?

    “1 of every 4 Americans infected with Toxoplasmosis!”
    One can get toxoplasmosis by working in one’s garden…

    “30,000 +/- Kids are Hospitalized Each Year from Cat Scratch Disease!”

    Is it from feral cats or kids’ own pets?

    • Well said Kitty. They proudly state these “facts” as proof that TNR is a public health hazard but the facts are not clear, the sources are not clear and they may apply to cats other than feral cats.

  6. My quick research found this, from January 2014:

    “Haters Gonna… Love?

    Earlier this week the American Bird Conservancy launched a series of short public service announcements created in collaboration with the Hillsborough Animal Health Foundation, “calling on cat owners to care for their pets using ‘Cats Indoors’ approaches that are demonstrably better for cats, better for birds, and better for people.”

    That same day, on the organization’s Facebook page, ABC declared, “We love cats! That’s why we want to keep them inside.”


    This, remember, is the same organization that’s been opposed to TNR since 1997. Over the past 17 years, ABC has taken every opportunity to misrepresent rigorous science, as well as promote—and even produce—junk science on the subject.

    Among HAHF’s more notable efforts to undermine TNR efforts was its delusional AWAKE! “proposal,” the provisions of which included prohibitions on any new colonies in Hillsborough County and an 8,000-foot buffer zone around “schools, human food sources (groceries, restaurants, etc.), daycare centers or hospitals… public parklands or environmentally sensitive areas.”

    Cats kept at the county’s two sanctuaries were, under their “plan,” to be housed, 10–25 cats each, in 12’ x 8’ “garden sheds” for which “electricity would likely not be required.”

    This partnership between ABC and HAHF should come as no surprise, then—two organizations that have demonstrated, time and time again, a say-and-do-anything approach to attacking TNR, as well as the people and organizations that support it.

    And we’re expected to believe that they love cats?

    If this is love, bring on the haters.”

    • Sandy, I had no idea that ABC was in league with HAHF except at the end of the article I guessed that there was a link between bird lovers and HAHF. Good research Sandy. Many thanks.

  7. More a question than a comment on this particular situation: Do others who do TNR worry about the problem of their cats needing to be revaccinated, especially against rabies? Hard to catch them, but I know some vets believe immunity lasts longer than acknowledged. Also do you try to catch & treat them for abscesses & other problems (e.g., skin) that you see? Or shall we accept that we’re simply releasing “hostages to fortune”?

    • MARIANNA, I have my cats vaccinated every year. It’s quite an undertaking with the number of cats that I caretake. I begin trapping late March. It takes me around 3 months to complete most of the time; but, each year is taking a little longer because the cats are wise to those traps now. I have to get very creative. I, also, learned long ago to create a system to keep track of which are done in order to prevent any duplication.

      As far as illnesses, the answer is yes. If I suspect that any cat is ill, they’re going to be treated if I can get them. I keep big pieces of old comforters and tackle them if they won’t go into traps. There are always exceptions though. Sometimes, a cat will be ill and suddenly disappear before I’m able to trap them.

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