just to cause more trouble, as i'm so good at doing, not separating is NOT
necessarily the worse thing, if death is the only alternative. FIVs are
generally the healthiest populations at any sanctuary, and they throw off
FeLV at the same or possibly a higher rate than any other
cat--double-positives will often end up testing positive only for FIV after
living in a FeLV environment.

remember that most cats who end up in sanctuary settings are NOT up for
adoption--if they were considered adoptable, and rescues or shelters were
willing to try to find them homes, they wouldn't be going to sanctuaries.
while some sanctuaries do have active adoption programs, many do not, for
very good reasons: they have to spend their time and money taking care of
unwanted, undesirable, unadoptable cats.

folks who are willing to adopt FIVs and FeLVs are far more willing, also, to
be--or equally willing to be--educable about the facts re: the two viruses,
and understand that living with FeLVs in order to live doesn't mean you're
gonna BE one of the them.

which is not a blanket endorsement of the practice, but if we truly believe
what we're saying, and what the research is showing us, we have to carry it
out further--it'd be great if there were an FIV/FeLV sanctuary in every
town, with a separate room for each population, but it ain't happening, and
these cats do NOT deserve to die for lack of space.

MC

-- 
Spay & Neuter Your Neighbors!
Maybe That'll Make The Difference....

MaryChristine
Special-Needs Coordinator, Purebred Cat Breed Rescue (www.purebredcats.org)
Member, SCAT (Special-Cat Action Team)
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