Feline Fest connects cats with homes

There were 132 adoptions made at this year's Feline Fest.

There were 132 adoptions made at this year's Feline Fest. Submitted Photo

— It was all about the cats at the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society’s sixth Feline Fest running Thursday, July 26, to Sunday, July 29. The yearly event is the organization’s effort to “promote” the influx of cats it typically sees during the warmer months.

“Every year we see this kind of increase in the number of cats. Mostly it’s because this is when they breed … and animals get out more often during the summer,” said Brad Shear, the group’s executive director.

Shear said the shelter has taken in an average of about 15 cats per day for a month. It’s the largest animal protection agency in the Capital District and serves as the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) for Albany and Rensselaer Counties.

As of Friday, July 27, 310 cats were living at the shelter and 41 had been adopted. Another 120 cats in foster care also need permanent homes. By the end of Feline Fest, 132 adoptions were made, with many cats going home in pairs.

Last year’s Feline Fest saw 85 cats and kittens find new forever homes during the four-day event. Cats older than 6 months old were free and kittens younger than that were available for a discounted price of $50. Usually, adult cats carry a $75 adoption fee and kittens are $100.

“Seventy percent of all the animals (we get) are cats so we want a way to really promote adopting them and letting people know they need homes,” said Shear.

This summer, an “unusually large” number of kittens have found their way to the society in Menands. Shear said people tend to gravitate toward kittens and younger cats so it’s important to point out that older cats need a home, too.

During Feline Fest, adoptions are available on site at the society and at three satellite locations, PetSmart stores in Glenmont and Latham and Petco in Clifton Park. The society relies heavily on volunteers to pull off the event.

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Woodsman 3 years, 6 months ago

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.


Adopting any cat that's been taken from outdoors is just playing Russian Roulette.

Even vaccinating your cat against rabies won't prevent it from finding the nearest rabid bat dying on the ground from rabies, to rip it to shreds for its daily cat's play-toy. Then bringing back a mouthful or claws full of fresh rabies virus to you, your family, neighbors, other pets, or other animals.

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.

A FEW examples.

Cat-Transmitted PLAGUE: www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8059908 www.pagosasun.com/archives/2011/07Jul... www.nydailynews.com/life-style/health... www.daily-times.com/ci_20849462/healt...

(Totally disproving that oft-spewed myth that cats in Europe could have prevented the plague. No rats nor fleas even required. Cats themselves carry and transmit the plague all on their own.)

Tularemia: www.news-gazette.com/news/health/misc... www.westyellowstonenews.com/news/arti...

Flea-borne Typhus: www.ocregister.com/articles/county-31...

Hookworm -- ruined Miami Businesses: articles.sun-sentinel.com/2010-11-24/news/fl-miami-beach-hookworms-20101123_1_hookworm-infections-feral-miami-beach


Woodsman 3 years, 6 months ago

Cats' most insidious disease of all, their Toxoplasma gondii parasite they spread through their feces into all other animals. This is how humans get it in their dinner-meats, cats roaming around stockyards and farms. This is why cats are routinely destroyed around gestating livestock or important wildlife by shooting or drowning them. So those animals won't suffer from the same things that can happen to the unborn fetus of any pregnant woman. (Miscarriages, still-births, hydrocephaly, and microcephaly.) It can kill you at any time during your life once you've been infected. It becomes a permanent lifetime parasite in your mind, killing you when your immune system becomes compromised. It can last over a year in any soils or waters and not even washing your hands or garden vegetables in bleach will destroy the oocysts. Contrary to cat-lovers' self-deceptive myths, a cat can become reinfected many times during its life and spread millions of oocysts each time. It's now linked to the cause of autism, schizophrenia, and brain cancers. This parasite is also killing off rare and endangered marine-mammals along all coastlines from cats' T. gondii oocysts in run-off from the land, the oocysts surviving even in saltwater.

Its strange life cycle is meant to infect rodents. Any rodents infected with it lose their fear of cats and are attracted to cat urine.


Cats attract rodents to your home with their whole slew of diseases. If you want rodents in your home keep cats outside of it to attract diseased rodents to your area. I experienced this phenomenon (as have many others), and all rodent problems disappeared after I shot and buried every last cat on my land.

The time has come to destroy them all whenever spotted away from supervised confinement. There's no other solution. We have nobody but cat-lovers to thank for this health and ecological disaster. 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.


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