I hope your not saying people on this forum sharing thier experiences dont do the research or have valid opinions from both.
No, by no means I was implying this. But unfortunately, in this post I didn't see any results or information about any research related to the topic. All I've read is something like "I have personally seen ...", "I've had several experience ...", "Another vet ... removed the lump ... ". Sorry, those are by no means research.
Now don't get me wrong. I'm not even questioning if those stories are true. I believe they are. However, since you work for a rescue, you see more cats than most ppl do, so propotionally you see more cats having any kind of issue. My mom is a doctor, she possibly see more death in a day than I would in my entire life. That doesn't mean she would be scared for her life all the time.
There is research documenting the bad effects of over vaccinating. Esp the one out of Madison Wisconsin researcher. Plus number provided by thethe Federal government with info of what kind of animals contracted rabies.
I have no doubt there were unfortunate cats died from rabies vaccines. To prove something exists, you only need one example. However, to say something happen fairly frequent, you need statistics with a large, unscrewed sample. This is all about the odd. Say, out of 10000 cats, randomly drawn from an unbiased population, how many will develop cancer directly induced by rabies vaccines? Do you have a number or do you know a research that makes such observation? (If you have both, I would prefer to see the research publication, because many times the setup of the experiments has an impact on the result.)
Now, say, if the odd of getting cancer from rabits is 0.1%, would someone willing to take the risk? Then it's totally up to each person. We all have our threshold. But, keep in mind that rabies is deadly, to both cat and human. Also keep in mind that a strictly indoor cat may sneak out and get bitten by a racoon, a stray cat, or even a squirrel. And though I don't have data to back me up, I do believe the chance of your cat get lost is higher than it gets cancer from rabies shot.
But Im also from the generation that said to question authority.
I fully agree with your attitude to question authority. But I would like to add that, authority not only includes government, vet association, and your vet. It also include person who has more experience than you in a certain area, because, as I mentioned before, their view may be skewed due to their frequent exposure toward certain scenarios. And, the authority even include many, many research done by reputable institutions. If my education taught me anything, then that is there is a huge leap between data to fact, and even between fact to conclusion. Do you have experience that reading a research saying drinking coffee is bad, then the next day some other research says coffee is good, then the other day coffee is killing you again?