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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 participated 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

Over 2,100 lives have been saved since 2011 through our FeLV+ programs

We adopted out 478 FeLV+ cats and kittens in 2022.

APA! receives more than 600 requests per year to take in FeLV+ Cats.

Our FelV save rate was 93% in 2022!

Our Feline Leukemia Adoption Center has been part of a study that collected data and performed research on feline leukemia virus.

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

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