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Adoptable Pet of the Week: Have an Adventure with Athena

Meet this curious cat at the SPCA Tampa Bay!

NAME: Athena
AGE: 2 years, 1 month
BREED: Domestic Shorthair
GENDER: Female

Athena is a very curious feline who seeks adventure. She can often be found exploring new hiding places, and carefully watching what goes on in her surroundings. She came to the SPCA as a stray, and her new family will have fun getting to know her as well as what she likes and dislikes. Athena’s ideal home is one where she is loved and adored for a lifetime.

Meet Athena at , 9099 130th Ave N in Largo or call 727-586-3591.

Albert D March 04, 2012 at 11:40 AM
Be cautious about using any cats taken from outdoors for adoption or you could be held criminally responsible. There's no way to know a wild-harvested cats' vaccination history, if any, nor their exposure to all the deadly diseases cats carry. If a cat has contracted rabies then a vaccination later will do no good. It's already too late. There's no reliable known test for rabies while keeping the animal alive. They need to be destroyed after they are trapped. It's the only sane and sensible solution. This is why all wild-harvested animals of any type intended for the pet-industry must undergo an extended quarantine up to 6 months before transfer or sale of those animals to prevent just these things. Cats are no different than any other animal when wild-harvested. You're risking this following story happening in every shelter across the land. http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2011/09/23/2631106/rabid-cat-adopted-from-wake-county.html Adopting any cat that's been taken from outdoors is just playing Russian Roulette. Stray-cats, the very source of all feral-cats, need to be euthanized too or you'll never be rid of the feral-cat problem.
Albert D March 04, 2012 at 11:41 AM
These are just the diseases they've been spreading to humans, not counting the ones they spread to all wildlife. THERE ARE NO VACCINES against many of these, and are in-fact listed as bio-terrorism agents. They include: Campylobacter Infection, Cat Scratch Disease, Coxiella burnetti Infection (Q fever), Cryptosporidium Infection, Dipylidium Infection (tapeworm), Hookworm Infection, Leptospira Infection, Giardia, Plague, Rabies, Ringworm, Salmonella Infection, Toxocara Infection, Toxoplasma. [Centers for Disease Control, July 2010] Sarcosporidiosis, Flea-borne Typhus, and Tularemia can now also be added to that list. Cat-Transmitted PLAGUE: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8059908 http://www.pagosasun.com/archives/2011/07July/072811/webplague.html

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