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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

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.

Community Stories

12 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

2 Carol238

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

FIV Cat Rescue is one of the most comprehensive resources about FIV positive cats that I've ever seen. I am Executive Director and Founder of Carol's Ferals and we use FIV Cat Rescue's information often as we are working toward dispelling the myth that FIV cats can't live good lives. They're changing the landscape for these cats and we're very grateful to have found them. Kudos to FIV Cat Rescue for all your work to bring attention to these cats that were previously vilified. You're PAWsome! Some of our FIV+ boys would like to thank you all. With love from Bismark, Gums and Muskegon.

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fivcat Thank you too for all you do for our feline friends!

1 Peg_10

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I work with a fairly small rescue and we received our first FIV+ 10 week old kitten earlier this year. Thanks to information and support from FIV Cat Rescue, this little kitten was confidently placed in a loving home where her new family understood FIV. This little baby will live a long wonderful life!

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fivcat 09/18/2016

I'm so happy for your organization recognizing that FIV is no big deal and getting homes for these misunderstood cats!

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was pleased to find another FIV+ cat rescuer in FIV Cat Rescue. They have been informative and supportive in my own efforts to save FIV+ cats who always get a bad rap because the public is so ignorant about them. Even some vets just want to put them down when it is so unnecessary. I applaud their work and hope they keep on going strong. Thank you for saving lives which would otherwise have been ended prematurely and needlessly.
Cheryl Zellmer, Centreville, VA

3 Lory L.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

All the information that Fiv Cat Rescue offers is very important for an owner of a Fiv positive cat. I rescue cats and I met a few Fiv positive cats during time. They are all perfectly healthy now and live happy with their new families. I used the information given by Fiv Cat Rescue and gave it further to the persons who need it.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A few months ago, one of our volunteers found an FIV-FELV-positive cat and was at loggerheads about what to do with him. I went online to do some research and wound up carrying on a steady correspondence with Frankie Kangas, the founder of FIV Cat Rescue. She educated me about the difference between FIV and FELV cats, which helped me a lot in the work that I do as a pet columnist. She also suggested a couple of places to take Mr. Big, for that was the name my friend gave him.

My friend couldn't bear to part with Mr. Big, of course, and wound up keeping him isolated in his "own room." He didn't have a long time with her, but he gained end-of-life care that he wouldn't otherwise have had, and my friend and I wound up a whole heck of a lot smarter about FIV and FELV. Thanks, Frankie!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a great resource with a wealth of easy to understand information. I am involved in cat rescue and link to this site often to help people with the ins and outs of FIV.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Frankie's FIV Cat Rescue is a gift to our community and the world! I was originally introduced to the rescue through community work. While accompanying my client to volunteer and help socialize cats, I was immediately impressed by the cleanliness of the environment. These cats are free to roam and socialize with each other in a large open home with plenty of windows and sunshine. Frankie and her husband live side by side with these lucky kitties, pampering and grooming them daily. They are clearly dedicated to what they do. This rescue truly loves and respects these often disregarded animals. After spending some time at the rescue I introduced my mother to a cat named Princess. They fell in love with each other. Once the adoption was approved, Princess had one last medical exam. She then arrived with plenty of supplies to help smooth the transition (including a bed, litter & litter box, toys & plenty of food). In addition to all the extras, the rescue has a 30-day trial period to ensure a good match. Fortunately for my mother and Princess, they're a match made in heaven. It is truly overwhelming how thoughtful and loving this rescue is. In addition to having cats available for adoption, the rescue is a wonderful resource for anyone interested in FIV education. In my opinion it is absolutely purrrr-fect!

3 Jami S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I didn't know much about cats with FIV. Until I took a stray into our local no kill shelter and was later told he was FIV+. They made it sound very grave and that he would not likely find a home. I had promised him that he would be ok and I wouldn't let anything happen to him and I meant to keep my word! I began to research FIV and in doing so came across Frankie and FIV Cat Rescue. I learned FIV is not a death sentence, or at least should not be one.
Thanks to Frankie, I was able to pull Moz from the shelter and take him back home. About a week later we got a call from the Humane Society that the initial test they gave him was a false positive and he is NOT FIV+. I was pleased that he is healthy but either way, he is a wonderful cat that deserves to live out his life regardless of his FIV status. Thank you Frankie for helping me save Moz and for educating me on FIV+ cats!!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Frankie eduacting about FIV is a major contribution to everyone working and living with cats! Her knowledge is impressive. If you consider to adopt a cat, please read her page and then re-consider, i.e. adopt a FIV kitty.
I've been involved in cat rescue for 17 years now here in Germany. We do take FIV cats and we also place them on a regular basis. 99% of these cats lived to old aged and died of age or whatever old cats get: renal failure, cancer etc., but __not__ of FIV. So - keep up the good work, Frankie!!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.