Just wanted to share something I have encountered - we are considering a pal 
for Whimsy, and have been in touch with wonderful, amazing rescues, shelters, 
and fosters.  I have encountered many times kitties who have never had an IFA 
and sometimes only one ELISA.  Obviously, this doesn't sit quite right with me, 
and I need an IFA.  Of course, it's an expensive test and totally 
understandable why it's not done as much.  I have offered to pay for one (for a 
kitty who has lived in a cage for a year) and wish I could get all of those in 
question this luxury.  It's a dilema I didn't anticipate.  I have had to 
explain on many occasions what it is as well.  
I'm so touched by all the passion and committment out there for these special 
kitties.  You wouldn't believe the long, stunned silence on the phone when I 
ask "Do you have any Feline Leukemia kitties for adoption?"  I've had shelter 
people shout for joy and almost cry at my inquiry.  It's also made me aware of 
where I will be directing my donations to.  My favorite local shelter takes 
care of these guys, but I am definitely going to redirect my other donations to 
smaller groups that care for these sweethearts - that welcome them with open 
I realize, too, that having Whismy come into my life, for however long it may 
be, has made me an advocate for FeLV adoptions, and when you start see how many 
people you can inform, you truly see how to effect change.  It may be one 
person in one waiting room at your vet clinic, but if that gives one of these 
cats the chance to live out their years, it is definitely powerful action.  The 
horror of the inital diagnosis seems to disipate and you see...yes, we can 
handle it; if not us, who? 
Shannon and Whimsy

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