Feline Leukemia Positive (FeLV+) Cats and Kittens Get a Rare Chance at Adoption


(Photo: Hailey Hanis is FeLV+ and in purr-suit of her forever family!)

Tree House Aims to Dispel the Myths and Fears of the Virus with their New FeLV+ Adoption Room

CHICAGO (September 7, 2016) – Tree House is positive you will fall in love with a FeLV-positive cat or kitten when you visit their new FeLV+ Adoption Room, which opened September 1, 2016 at their Uptown Adoption Center (1212 W. Carmen Avenue, Chicago, IL 60640). 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. Tree House aims to bust the myths and misconceptions and explain how to give these overlooked cats the quality of life and loving homes they deserve.

The first of its 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.

“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+ Adoption Room will be open to visitors during regular adoption hours. Monday-Friday, 12:00pm-8:00pm and Saturday-Sunday, 12:00pm-6:00pm.

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Founded in 1971 as one of the nation’s first, no-kill shelters, Tree House specializes in the rescue and rehabilitation of sick, injured, abused, and neglected stray cats with the ultimate goal of creating a no-kill Chicago and leading the way to a no-kill nation! Tree House has adopted out more than 25,000 animals since its founding and has provided more than 37,000 free and low-cost spay/neuter packages. The organization also helps countless cats and dogs through community programs and services including its Community Cats TNR Program, Animal Assisted Therapy, Education Outreach, and Pet Food Pantry. Click to see author's profile.

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