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Monday, June 13, 2016

The Specials: Adopting a Cat with FIV

Welcome to week eighteen of The Specials, a series focusing on special needs pet adoption. Senior pets, those with chronic medical issues, behavioral or temperament concerns as well as overlooked or misunderstood breeds like Pit Bulls and black cats. If not for the kindness, courage, and compassion of their adopters, many of these animals would have been euthanized in shelters or died alone and hungry on the streets. Please check out past special needs adoption posts here. 

In celebration of Adopt-A-Cat Month, I have decided to take a slight detour and focus on Specials who are still LOOKING FOR HOMES. Meet Boots, a sweet, sensitive snuggle-bug who loves people and other cats. 

FIV Cat Adoption

Boots was rescued from an open admission shelter by Lulu's Locker Rescue in June 2014. Because of his easy-going, affectionate nature, Boots was adopted within months of joining the program. Sadly, he was returned in December 2015 due to a change in living situation and is now looking for his true forever home. This handsome black and white, six-year-old, FIV positive boy is super sweet and would make a perfect companion for almost anyone looking for a loyal, loving feline friend. 

Unfortunately, many shelters (even no-kill shelters) euthanize or refuse to admit cats who test positive for Feline Immunodeficiency Virus despite growing evidence that they can live long, healthy lives and present no risk to cats, humans and other animals. Lulu's Locker Rescue is a nonprofit, volunteer-run animal rescue working to change the misconceptions surrounding FIV cats as well as help black cats, dogs, and senior/hospice animals in shelters. 

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Some animals, like some people, feel things more deeply and Boots is clearly one of these sensitive souls. When Boots was returned in December 2015, he was devastated. He stopped eating, hid constantly, and was more depressed and hurt than any other cat Lulu's Co-Founder, Erin Lamparter, has ever known. His foster family did everything to comfort and help him heal emotionally and physically, but it was as if he had lost all hope and given up on life. 

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Boots was hospitalized due to extremely high liver values. He was placed on antibiotics, force fed, and given fluids yet his condition continued to worsen. The attending veterinarian recommended he be humanely euthanized. Heartbroken, the rescue volunteers gathered to say their final good-bye. But miraculously, in what were to be his final moments, Boots gave tiny head butts and started to respond. They all agreed he deserved another chance. Each day volunteers sat with him while coaxing him to eat a few bites. Days turned into weeks, he gained weight and grew stronger. A month later his liver levels had stabilized to a normal level.
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Boots is now doing exceptionally well and has bounced back to his adorable, loving self. Clearly, this miracle cat has much to share, with many wonderful days ahead of him. All he needs is a patient, compassionate, committed adopter who will give him the second chance and forever home he so desperately deserves and needs. Boots would do well as an only cat or in a home with other easygoing felines. Please help Boots find his forever home by sharing his story widely!

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The Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) was first found in 1987. It is similar to the human virus, HIV, which attacks the immune system.  The virus is passed by saliva in the form of a deep bite wound and sexual interaction. FIV can only be passed from feline to feline. Humans and other animals are not at risk of infection. Unlike Feline Leukemia (FeLV), the FIV virus is rendered inactive the minute it touches the air. This means that sharing food and water bowls as well as normal grooming is not a concern.

FIV cats should receive two wellness exams per year. A full blood panel and urinalysis is recommended annually. If your cat shows sign of illness or infection, visit your veterinarian as soon as possible - the quicker the infection is treated, the better. Always keep your cat indoors and as stress free as possible. For more information on FIV, please visit Lulu's Locker Rescue's education and resources page here. You can also follow this unique and amazing organization on Facebook.

Please help Boots find his forever home by sharing his story widely!

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  1. Boots that is so bitter to read that the people gave you back.... I know life sometimes is not fair and bad things can happen even to the best peeps, but... well ya know. It is bitter. I will share this post and I hope so much that you willl find a furever home...

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  2. Such a great story. That poor cat. We sure hope that someone special can adopt him and great thanks to those peeps that helped him come back to life.. Boots we have all our paws crossed for you.

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  3. Oh, how we wish we could adopt more cats! After I was diagnosed with asthma, I found out I was highly allergic to cats...so I had to leave my two cats with my ex and he was very good to them, but I missed them terribly. There are so very many cats and kittens that need homes!!

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  4. Aww, what a sad story, but with hope! Boots sounds like such a sweet kitty and I hope he finds his forever home soon!

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  5. Wow! Your blog has gone to the cats recently! Mine is too today. We have our paws full with our two adopted adult cats. My mom always adopts shelter cats and kittens when she wants a new feline. My gramma also has an adopted adult cat. So many kitties out there need homes with dogs.

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  6. Im so happy when these cats get adopted. I was so anxious when our foundling cat Spot was being tested for this as a kitten since we have other negative cats and I was not sure what to do if he was positive. We would have looked for a rescue center or home. thank goodness he was negative. Boots looks like a great cat and I hope he gets the home he deserves

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  7. dood...yur storee iz both sad & happee at de same time; St Francis' blessings two ewe boots ewe FIND that for everz home & yur in it by dad'z day...we send de veree veree veree best & we will post yur badge on R sidez bar ~~~ ♥♥♥

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  8. He looks like a real sweetheart. we will pray that he finds his furever home
    hugs
    Mr Bailey, Hazel & mabel

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  9. What an amazing story! Boots is a gorgeous kitty and most certainly deserves his forever home. Thanks so much for sharing.

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  10. We're purring that the purrfect home will be found for Boots. :)

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  11. A very neautiful kitty, and so hope he gets a forever home
    love
    tweedles

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  12. This is so wonderful, what you're doing with stories like this!

    Although I've never been fortunate enough to have one of my own, I have known numerous FIV cats, and they have all been some of the sweetest furbabies I've ever met. What's more, the FIV kitties I've known have always been healthy and happy, and you'd never know there was anything different about them. I am sending many purrs and prayers to Boots! He deserves his forever home, and anyone would be lucky to call this boy their own!

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  13. Thank you for sharing about Boots! What a sweet boy <3 My Sassy girl is FIV+, so I am all about debunking all the misinformation out there about FIV! In the 3 years we've had her, she has never had to be taken to the vet for any reason other than her wellness checkups. She is healthy, happy, and has so much love to give - just like Boots, as I imagine. I will be sharing and hope that Boots finds that purrfect furever home!

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  14. A heartbreaking story, but one with a great deal of hope. We pray someone gives Boots the Miracle cat a good home. I am sure she will be a fabulous pet for someone

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  15. Prayers Boots finds his forever home !

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  16. Thank you for the information on FIV - I had heard of it but never really understood it. Eyeopening and I hope it helps other cats get adopted!

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  17. Boots what an adorable cat you are. Thank you for your explanation of FIV. I hope that Boots finds that someone special to take him into their home. At only 6 years of age, he still has a lot of love to give.

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  18. Thanks for sharing the information! I hope all of the kitties find their forever homes!

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  19. Wonderful post on a very overlooked group of adoptable animals. Thanks for bringing light to this! - Jamie Migdal, FetchFind

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  20. Good for you, sharing the facts! So glad that more cats today with FIV are adopted and live long, happy lives,

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  21. I have a friend with two FIV cats. I love hearing her tell stories of the mischief these two get up to. I'm not familiar with FIV but I am quite familiar with special needs. I would not trade ANY of them for ANYTHING! I hope Boots finds his 'special' person very soon.

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  22. Boots is so gorgeous! Simply a beautiful cat with a lot of love to give! Shame on them for taking him back! Kitties with FIV can, and do, live long happy lives!

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  23. Boots is so handsome! I know FIV cats who've gone on to live normal, extended lives. It's definitely not the sentence it used to be. I love that my local shelters makes accommodations for FIV cats, and they adopt them out fairly regularly.

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  24. I just shared Boots and hope he can find someone to love him who has room in their homes and heart for him forever.

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  25. How wonderful that Boots has people in the shelter who didn't give up on him. I hope he finds a forever home soon.

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  26. Oh my heart goes out to Boots! I feel so bad that his first adoptive home didn't work out, what a huge disappointment. I didn't realize FIV cats could live healthy lives, I always thought it was a death sentence. I really hope Boots finds another home soon. He's so beautiful, those eyes are just gorgeous. Sharing!
    Love & biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

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  27. Oh my heart goes out to Boots! I feel so bad that his first adoptive home didn't work out, what a huge disappointment. I didn't realize FIV cats could live healthy lives, I always thought it was a death sentence. I really hope Boots finds another home soon. He's so beautiful, those eyes are just gorgeous. Sharing!
    Love & biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

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  28. The White Dog Army hopes Boots finds the perfect family to give him a forever, rest of his life home. What is not generally recognized although researchers are beginning to look at the ability of pets and animals to process emotions, is that bonded pets can and do suffer depression of loss and often die simpy as a failure to thrive as a result.

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  29. The White Dog Army hopes Boots finds the perfect family to give him a forever, rest of his life home. What is not generally recognized although researchers are beginning to look at the ability of pets and animals to process emotions, is that bonded pets can and do suffer depression of loss and often die simpy as a failure to thrive as a result.

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  30. Poor Boots. I hope he finds his home soon. A rescue here has a separate FIV wing, I believe.

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  31. I LOVE your series, as you know, and the NEW twist! I'm excited to share every one of your Specials Series posts and now it's to help a Special find a forever home.... PRICELESS!!

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  32. Boots sure is handsome, I'll share him on Pinterest and hope he finds a forever home soon!

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  34. What a survivor Boots is, he deserves the world! It hurts our hearts to see shelters filled with FIV+ cats that people refuse to give a chance. FIV+ cats are just as sweet and loving and full of soul. We hope Boots lives the rest of his life loved and cherished.

    Love, talent hounds

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  35. Poor Boots. He's so lucky his volunteers cared so much about him. Mommy loves his little black nose. We shared him on Facebook.

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  36. Such a cute kitty! I hope Boots is able to find a forever home soon! I hadn't known about FIV before. Thanks for helping to share information about this condition.

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  37. What a pretty kitty. We missed this on 6/13...thank you for all the information
    Hugs madi your bfff

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  38. So glad Boots responded in time. Such a handsome kitty.

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  39. Boots is a lovely kitty, and we are purring and praying he'll find a forever home soon. We've had several FIV kitties over the years at PAWS, and happily, they've found their happily ever afters. :)

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