Feel free to cross post to any list where these guys can get some help. I've had a FIV+ cat living with my 3 negatives for over 5 years - so I know it can be done.
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From: "meowgirl70" <meowgirl70@...
Subject: [FIV-Cats] FIV Victims of Hurricane Katrina
Date: Tue, 27 Dec 2005 21:55:14 +0000
> Hi folks -
> I just joined this group, so sorry to hit you with "a big one" right
> away.... Anyway, I work for Best Friends Animal Society in Kanab,
> Utah, and before coming here I did rescue work in Los Angeles for 10
> years. I have a 14-yr-old FIV+ boy at home whom I rescued off the
> streets last year. [He's doing great, by the way! : )] I definitely
> have a soft spot for this misunderstood group!
> Anyway, I'm posting because I know you guys likewise are very
> understanding about FIV+ kitties - something many people are not -
> and was hoping you could help spread the word about a situation we
> Best Friends went into New Orleans the day after the hurricane
> struck and we still have a number of staff members down there
> attempting to care for animals left homeless by the storm. We set up
> a temporary facility in Tylertown, Mississippi, to house the many
> dogs, cats, rabbits, and others (28 tarantulas!!) rescued out of
> homes and off the streets. Thousands of animals made their way
> through this facility and on to foster homes - or back to their
> owners in some cases!!!
> Among those animals who are still left there, however, are 26 FIV+
> cats. No one has responded to our requests to adopt or foster these
> guys - rescue groups took many, many kitties, but by and large did
> not have room for these guys. Most of them are tame (a few are
> feral), and there are plenty of those "big head boys" who are FIV
> poster children.
> Best Friends is committed to these cats, and our plan is to bring
> them all back here to our sanctuary where we will continue to look
> for loving homes for them.
> But life in a multi-cat sanctuary environment is NOT a home.
> There are some amazing cats in this group - and all of them deserve
> more one-on-one than they will get living here (though we really,
> really TRY to give them all the loving we can!).
> If anyone you know would be interested in opening their hearts and
> homes to an FIV kitty, please pass on this info. Just spreading the
> word is help enough!! These guys lost their homes and their
> families, and have been living in cages for months, shunned because
> they have this "terrible disease."
> Interesting, then, that they not only survived the hurricane and
> going without food, but are downright fat and sassy!!!
> Anyone who would like more info about these guys can contact me
> directly at lizf@.... Thanks for your time, and thanks
> for continuing to support FIV kitties everywhere!