Hillsborough County is considering adopting & paying for Trap Neuter Release as part of the county's way of dealing with the current feral cat issue. There are many concerns with this idea - #1-The feral cats are Suffering because they are not receiving the proper long-term care that they deserve after they are spayed/neutered and abandoned back into the wild. #2-Our Kids and Immune Compromised individuals are at a higher risk of disease that are spread by these uncared for feral cats. 10% of the AIDS patients die every year from Toxoplasmosis which can be transferred to humans via cat feces from the soil. 600-700 children are blinded every year by Ocular Larval Migrans resulting from roundworms which can also be transmitted by cats through the soil. #3- Over 1 Billion Birds and other small mammals are killed by cats every year. Many of these killed fall in the endangered species category. For more information, a local group has put together a website that includes more detailed information as well as the other worries of abandoning cats back into the wild – www.hahf.org/awake
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