FeLV Sanctuary

About the FeLV Sanctuary

The FeLV Sanctuary provides a home for cats that have been diagnosed with Feline Leukemia, with the ultimate goal of finding each FeLV cat a home to call their very own.


Feline Leukemia (FeLV) is a highly contagious virus that impacts the immune system and generally shortens the lifespan of a cat to just 2-4 years after diagnosis.  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.

Program Accomplishments

  • The FeLV Sanctuary placed 32 cats in their forever homes in 2013
  • The Sanctuary found homes for 53 FeLV cats in 2014
  • The average Length of Stay for a FeLV cat in 2014 is currently just 155 days, proving that not only can these cats be adopted, but they don’t stay with us for long before finding a home