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Old 01-12-2012, 04:59 PM   #1
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Will you boycott Portofino and the other Loews Hotels because of this issue?

I saw on FB today, and looked back to when it started...apparently Monday night was the first post by an irate member...that they have adopted a new policy of trapping feral cats and sending them to a shelter where, people claim, the cats will be killed.

On their Facebook page, Loews Portifino Bay Hotel stated:
“Loews Hotels is a pet-friendly hotel brand and we support the humane treatment of animals. It is important to share the facts surrounding this issue. Feral cats at our Orlando hotels are being humanely trapped and taken to a local shelter. For liability reasons, we were advised not to maintain a cat colony in our hotel environment. All cats that were part of an established colony on property are being safely re-located. Our commitment to addressing this issue in a humane and responsible way will continue.
There's been a huge outcry against them on FB, calls for boycotts, canceling of reservations, threats to contact the media.

Would you change your plans based on this new policy?
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Old 01-12-2012, 05:03 PM   #2
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Portofino's most recent statement on FB:
Loews Portofino Bay Hotel & Loews Royal Pacific Resort
We have heard your concerns about the feral cat issue and we respect your opinions. Some of you have offered options that we will consider. Any action we take will make the health and safety of our guests and team members our top priority. Thanks!
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Old 01-12-2012, 07:13 PM   #3
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Would you change your plans based on this new policy?
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Old 01-12-2012, 07:16 PM   #4
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HECK NO! I have a family member that is highly allergic to cats so I support their efforts!
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Old 01-12-2012, 07:23 PM   #5
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Can't say I'd change any plans either.
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Old 01-12-2012, 07:43 PM   #6
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My point of view.Feral animals of any type are prone to disease,rabies comes to mind for one.

Ask yourself this,would you like to see a family of raccooon's roaming the property?Probally not.A colony of feral cat's are no nicer then 'coons and are just as dangerous....

People on FB need to take a chill pill!!!

This is a humane way of dealing with the problem.This comes from a huge cat lover!!
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Old 01-12-2012, 07:44 PM   #7
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Loews is a pet-friendly hotel, yes, but they can't have a colony of cats roaming the property.

Now maybe if a Harry Potter hotel opened and they could be used as Professor McGonagall...
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Old 01-12-2012, 09:34 PM   #9
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no, nor would I any other hotel.

Rabies is rare in cats but it's a concern with any wild animal that makes unusual contact with people.
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The thing is that it's not like these homeless cats just showed up and they decided to round them up. They were (or they gave someone permission to) feeding these cats, had them neutered and vaccinated, and now they are taking these cats that trusted them and knew it was safe to eat at the little feeding stations they put out, and they trap them and bring them to a shelter knowing that they are going to be put to sleep. That's just not right.

If they have to get them off the property, at least find a no-kill shelter.

I don't know how long those cats have been around, but we were there for a week last summer and never saw a cat.

We were thinking of going back this year, but now no way.
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do you know for sure that they gave someone permission to feed the cats. i know at my jobs there are cats that people feed and we are repeatedly asked not to but people still sneak and do it. I feel this is a health issue and at most they could try and find a shelter that wont kill them but it is their priority to first keep the humans safe not the animals.
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The thing is that it's not like these homeless cats just showed up and they decided to round them up. They were (or they gave someone permission to) feeding these cats, had them neutered and vaccinated, and now they are taking these cats that trusted them and knew it was safe to eat at the little feeding stations they put out, and they trap them and bring them to a shelter knowing that they are going to be put to sleep. That's just not right.

If they have to get them off the property, at least find a no-kill shelter.

I don't know how long those cats have been around, but we were there for a week last summer and never saw a cat.

We were thinking of going back this year, but now no way.
If the cats were tame enough to be be neutered and vaccinated then i'd venture they could've been adopted by the same kind souls.

Certainly a no kill shelter would've been the 1st choice (they have several in Pittsburgh and I support them and their efforts), if only pet owners would be responsible for their charges.
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rustymom, the ferral cat issue still doesn't sway me.


i am a regular guest that stays at the Loews hotels.
will continue to book a room there for my vacations.

how there will handle the cat issue is up to them.
i pick my battles and this is not one of them.


the service i have received has been excellent in all my stays there.
i have no complaints with the Loews hotels.

you do what you feel you need to do.
since you have an opinion on the situation, and don't plan to go back, that is your choice.




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Irresponsible pet owners create these situations and individuals and organizations occasionally have to take action. It sounds to me like they are handling the situation humanely. I would rather not have cats roaming the resort and I would assume that the health department would frown on them being in certain locations.

This is a private enterprise and they can take whatever action they decide is necessary and we can make up our minds to support them with our dollars or not. Sometimes when people come up with reasons to boycott it only makes others want to support the targeted business.

Oh, and to answer the question, I would not change my plans. It's not even close.
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Would you change your plans based on this new policy?

Absolutely not.

I would support their decision to deal with the problem as they see fit.
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