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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 worldwide; 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 hundreds of cats.

Target demographics: save FIV cats.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Hundreds of FIV cats, owners and rescues.

Geographic areas served: the USA and Canada

Programs: Educational resources and 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

24 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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fivcat Thank you for your kind words. So happy for Henry and you!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

We were desperate to find a solution to our cat problem. My sister had moved across the country from Utah to Florida and was unable to take her cat because he had FIV and she was about to have a baby. She left him with us, but we were also about to have a baby and already have 2 other cats and couldn't take on a 3rd, especially with a newborn on the way. I contacted FIV Cat Rescue and got a lot of great information and helpful advise. Angles with Paws in Colorado ultimately was able to take the cat. He's since been adopted by a great family and is enjoying his new lease on life.

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fivcat 08/14/2017

Thank you for the review. I'm so glad you were able to find a home for the cat. You were the hero in this story, taking the time to research rescues and finally finding a home. Kudos to you!

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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.

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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. ❤

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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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fivcat 08/14/2017

Thank you for your nice review. And, thank you for your big heart in caring for this kitty and for reaching out to help him. You are the hero here.

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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.

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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

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I didn't have a clue about FIV. In the course of a week I lost one cat to illness and was told that I needed to rehome another all because of FIV. FIV Cat Rescue was there with answers when I was completely lost and not even my vet could provide answers. Thanks to them and the information they provided, I feel confident that I can provide for my FIV+ kitty safely and will have several happy, healthy years with her.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

FIV Cat Rescue came to "my" rescue with excellent advice in introducing my new FIV cat (Henry) into my home with 4 negative boys. Frankie answered my email right away and put my fears at ease with full detailed information and intro advice. And so far it's worked! They are living harmoniously! Thank you so much for helping me! All my best to your wonderful rescue!

1 Kayla24

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Helped me out when I thought no one else would; very thorough and provided all the info I needed to help a senior FIV ➕ kitty in my area. Thanks again!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We adopted a little kitten and had no idea where to turn when we got a possible positive result on a Felv test. Frankie was very prompt in responding to my questions and did a great job helping me to understand what all this meant. Thus is an excellent organization for information and support when dealing with such sad and scary news!

3 Sue_104

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I can't praise Frankie and her team enough! They have given me such good advice for my FIV+cat who has had such trouble with stomatitis.I have learnt so much from them about FIV ,not knowing anything about it before! Thank goodness we have Frankie and her team to give advice and take care of our feline friends! Thank you so much!

2 MozartsMom

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I think what Frankie is doing to educate people on FIV cats/kitties is wonderful and sooooo important especially since even many of the professionals we look to for advise are undereducated in the area of FIV. I am caretaker of a baby-boy feral cat for quite a few yrs who is FIV. I found this out when I TNR him and had him tested. At that time I was given good advise and bad advise,,I didn't know which was which,,all I knew was I already loved the lil guy after having had taken care of him for several yrs. I did a lot of online reading and decided to go with life. My lil guy has far outlived his "feral" cat life expectancy already and I expect him to go on living many more yrs. He's been a gift from God and I have learned so much about feral cats, TNR, FIV, rescue cats and just feline life in general outside this warm, cozy little two cat home of mine. I'd love to have my lil guy come inside and live with my other two but he will only come inside the doorway, eat and run,,hes free spirit and wants no part of closed doors between him and the rest of the world. Bless you Frankie,,,these lil ones are soooo special!!!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My Mom recently rescued an FIV+ kitten and we were very weary about having him with her other FIV- furbabies. Frankie Kangas was a wealth of information and helped us to understand the entire situation. My Mom was able to make an educated decision to keep the kitten. >^..^< I wish this non profit was on the CFC at my place of work. Someone should work on that... :)

2 Sonya Xena B.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

2 Fyrecat

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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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Client Served

Rating: 5

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