PERMISSION TO CROSSPOST RESPONSIBLY GRANTED! (actually, i'm begging.) as many of you know, for whatever reasons, there is an epidemic of "FeLV" cats in shelters and rescues all over the country. in none of these cases do the receiving groups seem to understand about the SNAP test being for EXPOSURE, not infection; and even in the very few cases where they do, they don't have room to hold them, anyway.
many of these cats are not only asymptomatic, but very healthy--and many were clearly housecats tossed out onto the streets, possibly because their humans couldn't afford their care any longer. in that case, their having recently been exposed is even more likely than in more street-experienced cats. what they need are halfway houses: felv-savvy places to hang out, even in a condo cage if that's all that's available, until their little furry bodies have had a chance to process out the virus, or, if truly positive, to lounge around until their forever homes appear. if you have EVER, ever considered fostering, now is a time of great need--for all cats and dogs, but most especially for these very misunderstood (and usually misdiagnosed) dears. (lots of FIVs coming in, too, but the western blot can be run immediately after the snap, so there's no waiting time required.) if you can help, PLEASE emeow me, and i'll not only add you to my own contact list, but let you know which other groups to contact! MC--but you knew that, didn't you? -- 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) _______________________________________________ Felvtalk mailing list Felvtalk@felineleukemia.org http://felineleukemia.org/mailman/listinfo/felvtalk_felineleukemia.org