FIV CAT RESCUE

Rating: 4.97 stars   30 reviews

Issues: Animals

Location: P.O. Box 2589 Fort Bragg CA 95437 USA

Mission: Stop discriminatory FIV killing, support FIV supporters, and create a healthy, humane, and permanent solution for all cats. • Update the knowledge of decision makers: owners, vets, and shelter managers • Create tools to help those who provide daily aid to disadvantaged cats. • Provide permanent solutions to the two major feline problems: homing and population control.
Results: Saved hundreds of FIV cat lives nationwide; assisted volunteers to get some shelters to accept FIV cats; educated thousands through our educational flyers and websites; helped find fosters and forever homes for hundred of cats.
Target demographics: save FIV cats.
Direct beneficiaries per year: hundreds of FIV cats.
Geographic areas served: the USA and Canada
Programs: Educational materials for owners, rescues and vets. Help find homes via our Facebook page and networking. Provide database of Rescues that accept FIV Cats.
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Thank you, Frankie Kangas, and all of your board members and volunteers who are working hard to not only help FIV-positive cats but also to educate the public as to the facts about FIV as opposed to what Frankie calls "myth-information" on the Internet and everywhere else! I encountered Frankie when our Fix Long Beach volunteers came upon a scraggly Siamese-mix tomcat in horrible condition and found out that he was FIV positive. I contacted a number of FIV cat help organizations, and Frankie was the one who involved herself entirely, not only recommending sanctuaries but also links to her website and other sites that offer information about FIV-positive cats. I gained so much enlightement that I decided to write an article about FIV cats; I quoted Frankie so much that her cyber-ears must have been burning. (Here's a link to the article: http://lbpost.com/life/2000004533-fiv-and-felv-affected-cats-positives-and-negatives .)

Vanilla, which is what we named our protege, is now living in a temporary home while waiting transportation to a sanctuary. Thank you, FIV Cat Rescue and Frankie Kangas, for helping spread the word.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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Thank you FIV Cat Rescue for educating, changing minds and saving FIV cats! All of the work and time makes a differnece for each cat you help and all of the future cats. Keep up the great work!!!! Thanks for being a fantastic rescue!

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

Wonderful rescue that helps so many FIV kitties - without great places like this, these cats would have such a smaller chance of finding a home! By helping to educate the public and adopters about FIV - they help FIV+ cats find new loving owners every day! Thank God for places like this!

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Thank goodness for them! They have given great advice regarding my own three FIV+ cats and with those I foster. I adore Frankie and everyone!!!! Invaluble!

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1 person found this review helpful

Thank goodness for this rescue! They have been able to help with many FIV positive cats, and see they get homes!!!!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

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Definitely

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Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I discovered FIV cat rescue when i adopted a cat and found out that he is FIV positive. I'm living on the other side of the world, in Estonia, and they still found time to give me advice and their support when i needed it the most.
I really appreciate their work and i'm really grateful for all that they are doing.
Big hugs, you are wonderful!

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I originally was introduced to FIV Cat Rescue through a friend who previously had told me about the organization and how helpful the Founder, Frankie Kangas was. I had adopted a FIV cat some time ago, and needed some information. Frankie, was extremely helpful, provided me with ALL kinds of information and websites that answered a lot of my questions. She helped to educate me about her efforts and about FIV in general. I originally thought FIV for cats was pretty much a “death sentence.” It's not and it also is very different from HIV in Humans – most cats with FIV + just die of old age & seldom die as a direct result of FIV. I also learned about how much FIV Cat Rescue does for the FIV cat population: It educates people about FIV, works with rescuers to find homes through networking, provide a database of rescues taking FIV cats, and works with shelter volunteers to stop the killing of FIV cats in their shelters.
Because she was so helpful with my FIV cat and I was fortunate enough to learn so much more about the epidemic with FIV cats and what can be done to help, I wanted to give back. I am lucky enough to work for a wonderful company that allowed me to volunteer for FIV Cat Rescue and then donate a $1,500 Grant to FIV Cat Rescue to help them in their work. Donations are so important, because they are primarily funded by them. So much of the success depends on how much others care. If you want a rewarding experience, I recommend you donating your time, money or resources to help in this worthy endeavor. HELP make a difference and save lives!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Be more active on Twitter, so you could get further exposure for your organization and provide more info about FIV Cats/Dogs. Tweeting reaches out to people all over the world. The more tweets and followers you have the more your message is disseminated.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I originally discovered FIV Cat Rescue through the internet. I had found a FIV Cat, and I had no idea of what to do with him. All I know, is that the vet that checked him over told me, if you take this animal to a shelter, he will immediately be put down. FIV cats quickly are euthanized. I could NOT and would NOT do that, as his life literally depended on it.
I contacted Frankie Kargas an original founder of the organization, who generously gave her time, advice and helpful suggestions on what/how to take care of him. Because no one else or no other organization could take him in, we decided to adopt him, despite having 3 cats already. She coached me on how to bring him into our home, with 3 other cats (non FIV)! Without her help, it wouldn't have been possible.
I started getting to know Frankie little by little, and decided to help her in any way I could. I learned more about how much she does, her painstaking and often heartbreaking efforts to help Trap, Neuter & Return these beautiful animals. I am learning more and more all the time, and any and all of my efforts to help her to save lives and educate people, is probably the most worthwhile venture I have ever embarked on! God Bless FIV Cat Rescue.

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I learned that the beautiful Siamese stray that I had taken in was FeLV-positive, and was in a panic to find a rescue that could take him. While FIV Cat Rescue was not able to help, they did give me some helpful information. I did learn later that another stray was FIV-positive, but I was able to keep him at home. Had I not be able to keep him, I know that FIV Cat Rescue would have accepted him, and I could have taken him to Ft. Bragg, just a few hours from Sacramento. So many strays in my neighborhood; it's good to know there is a welcoming place for sick kitties.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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Rating: 4 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

This is an organization that is truly making a difference in our community, and via the internet, across the country. I have learned about FIV and the 'myth-information' that is out there, and am really impressed with the dedicated efforts of Frankie and Oran to stop this, and save FIV kitties from the death sentence that often results when ignorance prevails.

Now that I am fostering FIV kitties and seeing how unique each one is, and seeing the difference they make in someone's life when they are adopted, I feel sure that this is a non-profit that must continue it's work. I encourage anyone who cares about animals to support FIV Cat Rescue any way they can.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

FIV Cat Rescue began its very important work by hands on rescue of cats testing positive for FIV antibodies. Recognizing they could not take in every FIV+ cat, they soon began their greater work. That work is to help folks recognize that FiV is not a death sentence. That these cats can live long and healthy lives.

FIV Cat Rescue's website is unparalleled. This site shares the most up to date FIV research, helping to inform and educate other rescues, shelters and individuals, thus saving countless lives. It also serves as a network to help find homes for FIV+ cats.

Kudos for FIV Cat Rescue!

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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