I rescued a stray cat that turned out to have FIV. My vet told me he should not be in my home with my other cats due to his FIV status. I contacted all the rescue groups in my area but due to his FIV status they would not take him. I was desperate when I contacted FIV cat rescue. Frankie immediately put me at ease with her invaluable information and kindness. Thanks to Frankie I ended up keeping Henry! She even followed up on her own weeks late to check on us! Five stars is not enough to rate Frankie and Fiv cat rescue.
They were very helpful in giving me info to add to our adoption/shelter group's profiles for cats with FIV.
Thank you for your review. Should you need any other info: FIV Facts, studies, etc., please contact us. Thank you and your group for all you do for our feline friends!
I volunteer at an L.A. County shelter who's long-standing policy is to not adopt FIV positive felines, and instead euthanizes them. I intervened with a mother cat and her kitten that were scheduled to be put down. The shelter agreed to allow me to adopt them and try to find a rescue that took in FIV cats. I didn't really know much about FIV so set out to find information on the internet, along with searching for rescues. It wasn't long before I stumbled on the FIV Cat Rescue site, which not only provided me with everything I needed to know about FIV, but also provided a list of rescues in various States. I was able to find a rescue that would take mom and baby. This is a fantastic site!
Thank you for your review and for all you do for our feline friends. Without you with your big heart and willingness to research and find answers, mom and kittens would have lost their lives. Kutos to you!
I contacted Frankie when I decided to foster two beautiful FIV + cats. She was extremely helpful in giving me tips on adopting out these cats that are really not much different than those that test negative for the virus. FIV Cat Rescue does amazing work at educating the public about FIV and helps by these kitties find forever homes!
Thanks for the kudos and to you for reaching out to help these FIV cats.
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!
I'm so happy for your organization recognizing that FIV is no big deal and getting homes for these misunderstood cats!
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
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!!
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!!
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.
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.
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.
I became an advocate for FIV+ cats about 4 years ago after a devastating personal experience with a sweet stray. I began searching for like-minded folks who passionately wanted to change the way FIV+ cats are perceived and treated. A fellow animal advocate connected me with Frankie at FIV Cat Rescue. We quickly discovered that we had a shared experience of loss through MYTHinformation about FIV+ cats and eventually I began volunteering on projects. Frankie's depth of caring, compassion, and dedication to the mission of helping FIV+ cats and those who are their guardians, shows in everything she does for the organization. I'm confident that the world is a much safer and better place for FIV+ cats today because of the work that FIV Cat Rescue has done, and will continue to do, until the stigma no longer surrounds these very special and greatly misunderstood cats.