Unveiling the FeLV Kitty Room

by melissa • Posted in: Awareness/ PR, Pets Needing Homes, Special Needs Pets

You may have previously read about APA!’s FeLV+ cats and kittens. Feline Leukiemia (FeLV) is a highly contagious virus that impacts the immune system and generally shortens the lifespan of a cat to just 2-4 years. Because of the highly contagious nature of disease, FeLV+ cats must be kept isolated from other cats who are not infected.  The quarantine combined with the estimated lifespan means that our FeLV cats have a harder time getting adopted, and thus are often the first to be euthanized when they test positive at shelters. However, APA! believes that these cats and kittens deserve a chance – even if it’s a chance for just a few years.

Because FeLV+ cats and kittens are often hard to place and they can’t be placed in the cattery with non-infected cats, APA! has created a special place that these kitties can call home until their forever family finds them. Thanks to our generous donor Isabel and a special partnership with Groupon, the FeLV Room, located in our cat building across from the medical clinic, is now finished! A special thanks to all of our donors, as well as all of the volunteers who spent their time making the room a reality.

If you’re interested in adopting any of these special cuties, like Chickadee, their adoption fee is waived. We hope next time you’re at APA! you’ll stop by to see the new room, say hello to its residents and perhaps fall in love. For more information about adopting, click here or email email hidden; JavaScript is required.

We also invite you to join us this Friday, November 18 at 7 p.m. at our 2807 Manchaca headquarters for a special dedication celebration for the new room. We hope to see you there!

See how excited our kitties were when they got to check out their new digs for the first time!

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2 Responses to "Unveiling the FeLV Kitty Room"

  1. Clarasays: November 17, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    I stopped by today and saw a pile of happy kitties zonked out in a sunbeam on the floor. It was a beautiful thing.

  2. Sarah Hammondsays: November 17, 2011 at 7:53 pm

    Oh MY! I hope you have room . . . we have a BEAUTIFUL litter of mom and babies at Austin Animal Center right now – ALL positive : (

    But they are so gorgeous and sweet!

    I hope you guys can take them!!!

    Sarah