Cat-astrophe averted?

Two customers who deposited several thousand dollars for a hypoallergenic cat from a company I linkurl:investigated;http://www.the-scientist.com/article/display/39383/ earlier this year have written to The Scientist saying they were denied kitties, and got their money back. Lynne Butler, a mathematics professor at Haverford College, received a $5,900 wire transfer from Allerca, Inc after she posted a linkurl:comment;http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/display/52947/ on our website that she had n

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Kerry Grens

Kerry served as The Scientist’s news director until 2021. Before joining The Scientist in 2013, she was a stringer for Reuters Health, the senior health and science reporter at...

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May 31, 2007
Two customers who deposited several thousand dollars for a hypoallergenic cat from a company I linkurl:investigated;http://www.the-scientist.com/article/display/39383/ earlier this year have written to The Scientist saying they were denied kitties, and got their money back. Lynne Butler, a mathematics professor at Haverford College, received a $5,900 wire transfer from Allerca, Inc after she posted a linkurl:comment;http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/display/52947/ on our website that she had not received her money back, and urged others not to purchase an linkurl:Allerca;http://www.allerca.com/ cat. 'I forwarded our correspondence to Allerca; by 4 pm the $5900 deposit was refunded by wire transfer,' Butler wrote in an email. Similarly, Paul Williams, CEO of iKarma, received an email from Allerca that his $3,500 deposit was on its way. Both Williams and Butler say they were rejected for owning the cats because allergy tests from Allerca came back unsatisfactory. Butler's husband showed moderate to high allergy to cats, while Williams' came back high....

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