This week the American Bird Conservancy issued a wildly inaccurate press release that grossly mischaracterizes the health of feral cats and the practice of Trap-Neuter-Return.
Rabies vaccination and prevention efforts in America are a true public health victory, and Trap-Neuter-Return only helps to boost these successes, because vaccination is part of the standard protocol of Trap-Neuter-Return.
Here are the facts:
Cats are not considered a major rabies threat by public health officials.
There have been no confirmed cases of cat to human rabies transmission for over 30 years.
Vaccination and other public health efforts over the last half century have made any rabies cases in humans extremely rare.
A number of scientific studies on feral cat colonies show these colonies overall to be healthy.
The American Bird Conservancy persists in spreading fiction about feral cats that is not supported by scientific facts. Studies show that Trap-Neuter-Return is the humane, effective approach to feral cats and that feral cats are safe members of our communities.
Read the Press Release.
Learn more about feral cats and rabies.