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Monday, July 18, 2016

Adoptable Special: Meet Fallon

Thanks for tuning into 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. 

Moving forward, I am going to try something a little different. I will now feature two special needs pets per month - one successfully adopted and the other still looking for a home. 

adopting a cat with FIV Friends of Chicago Animal Care and Control

Fallon arrived at Chicago Animal Care and Control as a young stray. He was a friendly guy from the start and clearly had previous experience with people. Fortunately, he lucked out and soon moved from a cage at CACC to a foster home through Friends of Chicago Animal Care and Control.

This handsome three-year-old, FIV positive guy is playful, charismatic, energetic and affectionate and would make a perfect playmate for another young, active kitty. Fallon loves to climb and explore and occasionally also slows down for some cuddle time. He currently shares a foster home with several other cats and two dogs and does well. 

Adopting a cat with FIV Friends of Chicago Animal Care and Control
Fallon in action
Friends of Chicago Animal Care and Control is a foster-based organization. They host weekend adoption events at PetCo and other off-site locations. Because Fallon is FIV positive, he is unable to participate in some of these events. Unfortunately, there are still many misconceptions about FIV despite growing evidence that they can live long, healthy lives and present no risk to cats, humans, or other animals. 

Fallon has been in his current foster home for two years. He's your basic perfect cat and would have certainly been adopted long ago if not for his FIV status.

adopting a cat with FIV Friends of Chicago Animal Care and Control

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 Fallon, check out his profile here.  You can also follow FCACC on Facebook

Update: Boots, the FIV cat we featured in June, is also still waiting for a home ...

Please help Boots and Fallon find their forever homes by sharing both stories widely!
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29 comments

  1. Fallon is most certainly a handsome guy. And that was a very informative post - well done for highlighting the facts, rather than the myths, about FIV. We do hope he finds a good permanent home soon.
    Cheers, Gail (and Bertie).

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  2. Hari OM
    Ditto Bertie and Gail's comment! Paws crossed. YAM xx

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  3. Oh, thank you for the information about FIV. Mama takes me to the vet twice a year and I stay indoors except for in France where my garden is enclosed and no cats can come in or I'll tear their throats out....just kidding, I wouldn't hurt a flea. Well...maybe a flea. Love, Loulou

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  4. We hope for the bestest of the best home for this cute feline friend... and we will share your post, to help Fallon to find his furever home :o)

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  5. We know FIV kitties can live safely with humans and other kitties and animals..our boy did and lived a good lifem.good luck sweet one..Fozziemum xx

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  6. Good luck ! Such a beautiful cat !

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  7. Fallon is one handsome looking boy, but we are not doing boy cats anymore. Male cats for us have been nothing but trouble, so from now on, only girls will be adopted, if and when we want another feline. Hope Fallon finds a good home as he deserves one.

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  8. A very interesting post, I do hope Fallon finds a for ever and ever home soon
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

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  9. I never googled FIV to see if it was transferable to dogs. I am glad for the fact that it is not. So many kitties need homes and Fallon looks like a sweetie.
    Thanks for being a friend
    Sweet William The Scot

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  10. It's sad that Fallon hasn't been adopted for so long, but it's also wonderful that he's in a foster home instead of a shelter. He is quite the handsome dude!

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  11. We hope that Fallon and Boots find wonderful forever homes.

    Thank you so much for celebrating my 10th Birthday with me! Purrs, Dragonheart

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  12. he is adorable....we certainly wish more people knew more about FIV and would adopt these cats (sharing too)

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  13. I hope you find your forever home soon :( !! It breaks my heart to know how many pets are still looking for their forever home :(

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  14. fallon....ewe iz one handsum dood for sure; we send de best oh flounder friez & mackerull that ya finds... & yur IN yur for everz... bye de end oh thiz month......de veree veree best two ewe ♥♥♥♥♥

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  15. Fallon is so handsome, I hope he gets his forever home soon.

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  16. He is a handsome boy - we do hope he finds his forever home
    hugs
    Mr Bailey, Hazel & Mabel

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  17. What a handsome guy Fallon is. We hope someone will give him a chance. There are a number of FIV+ kitties at the shelter the mom volunteers at and it makes the mom SO happy when one is adopted. In just the 2 months since the mom started volunteering, 3 or 4 have found furever homes!

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  18. Fallon is a super handsome dude, and we're purring he finds his forever home soon. FIV cats rock. We've had quite a few of them adopted from PAWS over the years, and most have lived long, happy lives. :)

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  19. He looks great and it would be nice if he found a good home.

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  20. What a gorgeous cat Fallon is! :D Hope he gets adopted soon to a loving home where he can be healthy and happy forever! <3

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  21. Fallon my handsome mancat friend you we send you a ton of purrs and kitty hugs that you find your furever home very soon. OMCs your facial markings are 100% symmetrical what and your eyes.
    Hugs madi your bfff

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  22. I love this new approach you're taking, feature adoptable furbabies. How wonderful!

    Fallon is so very handsome. I truly wish people knew that FIV is not even remotely a death sentence for a kitty. I used to work at a cat clinic, and I knew many FIV kitties, and they all lived normal, happy lives. What's more, they were always some of the sweetest, most affectionate kitties I ever met.

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful boy Fallon with us!

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  23. Fallon is such a sweetie and we sure hope home comes calling soon.

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  24. Fallon is so handsome! I hope he finds his forever home soon!

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