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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

23 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.

Comments ( 1 )

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

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have taken care of an FIV cat for over 8 years. He was feral and lived most of his life on our outside porch and in our garden. He got along with our other animals and adored our dogs. I could tell over the years when he wasn't feeling well and I would bring him to the vet for an antibiotic shot . I researched how to take of him but there was very little information available.

He got stomatitis and stopped eating and was in obvious pain. He became an inside cat and I brought him to the vet who recommended his teeth be pulled, I was later told by another vet that that was not the recommended treatment and indeed it was not a cure because for another year his stomatitis would flare up every month or so and it was back and forth to the vet for an antibiotic and steroid shot . The sores were all the way down his throat and I believed he suffered with it.

I found my way to this group and it was the most knowledgable people I have spoken to about this disease. It was as if they knew my cat and gave me information that I believed increased the quality of his life. I wish I has known about them sooner. I work with rescues so this book will be a valuable resource to help dispel the myth that FIV cats cannot live long happy lives.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Im from Australia and when I found myself with my first FIV foster cat after losing the female cat he was found with to FELV and then having him tested to see if he had FELV to find he didnt but did have FIV. I was lost as what to do with this cat and his dietary issues. I got alot of information that didnt work here on Australia. I reached out to this rescue in a moment of desperation wanting to help this cat that people told me to put down because everything made him sick. Frankie was a huge support for me. I was provided with spot on information as well as emotional support and understanding that was ongoing. Every piece of advice worked. Ive since adopted the cat and he has finally gained weight and is so much happier and very healthy. I love this rescue and would have been so lost without their help. ❤

Comments ( 1 )

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fivcat 09/18/2016

I'm so glad all is well with the kitty.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I had an FIV cat who was dying of anemia. I contacted this organization for information of FIV cats with non-regenerative anemia. They responded very quickly with helpful information. I really appreciated their help.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This FIV Cat Rescue gave me great information about FIV. I recently rescued a cat who was positive for FIV. They were very professional and courteous. Also, very prompt in returning emails.

2 Mary Beth D.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Having an unexpected situation where my FIV+ foster cat was having multiple nosebleeds every day, it was suggested I contact Frankie Kangas, Founder of FIV Cat Rescue. I was provided supportive and helpful feedback with suggestions. FIV Cat Rescue is a wonderful resource for those caring for FIV+ felines and the love the staff has for these special felines is obvious. Thank you!

1 Sally69

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I live with an FIV little boy- the light of my life. Without people who put aside preconceptions and inconvenience to find him a home, we would never have found each other.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Fiv cat rescue is great! They gave me many information about FIV and suggestions on how to talk about FIV with potential adopters. In fact I used their FAQ flyer and got my FIV + cat adopted.! I love the positive image of FIV cats that they promote on their website and Facebook page.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

FIV Cat Rescue and its owner, Frankie have been a life saver! An abandoned cat that had been trying to survive on the streets found its way to my back door in August of 2014. After taking him in to get vaccinated and neutered, we found out he has FIV. Until I spoke with Frankie, I thought it was going to be impossible to get him (we named him Butter) adopted and had been told that I shouldn't bring him in to my home because I had two non-FIV cats. I was told if I kept him, that would be dangerous and that he should be an only cat. Frankie educated me very quickly and I finally had correct information and knew if I took my time, that this 3rd rescue kitty could acclimate with our other two. I'm happy to report that all 3 cats are cohabiting well. I'm grateful to have found FIV Cat Rescue and that Frankie was so willing to respond to all my inquiries to help us. (1st pic is the day we found him. The 2nd is from September 2015).

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great organization advocating for cats who have FIV and helping to clear up misinformation about FIV.

3 Writer

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My vet tested a homeless cat I had been taking care of and recommended that I have him euthanized because he tested positive for FIV. I was not prepared for this. How could we kill a perfectly healthy cat? Was FIV so terrible? I didn’t want my decision to be based on ignorance so I researched FIV and found FIV Cat Rescue. They gave me more facts and information about FIV and confirmed what I knew in my heart: FIV is no reason to kill. That FIV cats can live long and healthy lives and usually die of the same old-age diseases as other cats. I was able to make a decision that I was comfortable with; to save this cat. The cat is still heathy, happy and alive. I’m hoping the views of vets don’t deter people from spaying/neutering strays out of fear that they may be asked to kill that animal if they have FIV. Or, if they do have a vet tell them to kill a cat for testing positive for FIV, that they call FIV Cat Rescue for facts about FIV and find ways to save these cats, not destroy them. Lauren Nowicki