Feline Leukemia Adoption Center

The FeLV Adoption Center provides a home for cats that have been diagnosed with feline leukemia virus. Our ultimate goal is to find each FeLV+ cat a home to call their very own.
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Our Feline Leukemia Adoption Center is the first of its kind in the nation. Since 2011, we’ve been taking in FeLV+ cats from the Central Texas area, as well as all over the country and continent. We are currently participating in humane research studies in partnership with the University of Florida to learn more about feline leukemia virus, and are regularly making new discoveries about the disease.

Historically, cats with this virus are euthanized upon diagnosis; but here at APA!, we know that FeLV+ cats live normal, happy lives; and though their lifespan has the potential to be shorter, we believe they deserve to live. So, we are dedicated to the humane research and improvement of shelter knowledge on the virus. APA!'s FeLV+ cat adoption fees are waived and the APA! Medical Triage and Wellness Clinic will provide treatment for illnesses related to their FeLV+ status for their lifetime.

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Program Achievements

Roughly 10% of the cats we pull are FeLV+.

We adopted out 325 FeLV+ cats and kittens in 2018.

We placed over 570 FeLV+ cats and kittens in foster in 2018. This is 5 times what was accomplished in 2016!

Our Feline Leukemia Adoption Center is part of a study that is collecting data and performing research on feline leukemia virus.

Our center shelters more FeLV+ cats with varied medical needs than ever before.

The length of stay for felvies in 2018 was roughly 90 days, proving that these cats are wanted as furever family members.

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USPS Embraces Our Furry Friends with 'Love Forever' Stamps at Austin Pets Alive!

In a nod to America’s great affection for furry friends, the United States Postal Service unveiled two new ‘Love Forever’ stamps at APA!.

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