Feline Leukemia Positive (FeLV+) Cats and Kittens Get a Rare Chance at Adoption
The first of it's kind in Chicago, the FeLV+ Adoption Room will feature adoptable Feline Leukemia positive cats and kittens who thus far have resided in foster homes. By giving adopters a first hand opportunity to meet and interact with our FeLV+ residents, we hope to dispel the myths and fears associated with the virus and give these overlooked cats the loving homes they deserve.
Too often, euthanasia is the prescription for cats who test positive for the Feline Leukemia Virus at shelters. That’s changing and so are the stereotypes that FeLV-positive cats are undesirable, expensive to care for and un-adoptable.
“FeLV (Feline Leukemia Virus) has been characterized as highly contagious, and an automatic death sentence for all cats who test positive, when in fact, with a high-quality diet and routine preventive veterinary care, FeLV positive cats can enjoy a rich, quality life for several years,” said Dr. Emily Swiniarski, Director of Veterinary Services at Tree House Humane Society.
The FeLV-positive adoption room will be open to visitors during regular adoption hours. Monday-Friday, 12:00pm-8:00 pm and Saturday-Sunday, 12:00pm-6:00pm.