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Rabies case in a stray cat
The Humane Society of Tampa Bay was very concerned to learn of the recent case of rabies in a free-roaming cat. The effected stray cat was not part of our TNVR (Trap, Neuter, Vaccinate, Return) program. Our database indicates that 51 cats have been sterilized, vaccinated and ear-tipped in that neighborhood since 2010. If the cat had been part of our TNVR program, it would have received a 3 year rabies vaccine, been ear-tipped and been protected from this deadly disease.
There are an estimated 200,000 stray or free roaming cats in Hillsborough County. 21,000 of those cats have been sterilized, vaccinated and ear-tipped through The Humane Society of Tampa Bay’s TNVR program. TNVR has proven to be the only effective way for communities to manage stray cat populations.
In addition to preventing the birth of more unwanted kittens, TNVR provides protection against deadly diseases thereby protecting the community. Also through the use of TNVR a cat colony is self-limiting in size, as cats are territorial and do not allow new cats to enter the area.
About The Humane Society of Tampa Bay
Dedicated to ending animal homelessness and providing care and comfort for companion animals in need, the Humane Society of Tampa Bay was originally founded in 1912 and is one of the oldest animal rescue organizations in Florida. The Humane Society relies solely on funds from program revenue, grants, special events and donations from individuals and groups in the Tampa Bay community. Visit www.humanesocietytampa.org or call (813) 876-7138 for more information.