TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Special needs cats are important to the Hermitage No-Kill Cat Shelter, which prompted the shelter to start a campaign just for them. The shelter has lowered adoption fees for it's special-needs cats and is educating the public on just how adoptable these cats are.
The campaign, called Positively Purr-fect, focuses on the shelter's special-needs cats who have FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus) or FeLV (Feline Leukemia Virus).
From now through Nov. 15, potential adopters can take home a special-needs cat from the Hermitage No-Kill Cat Shelter for only $5.
"These kitties have just as much, if not more, love to give their families! Each one is so sweet and loveable. I think of the virus as secondary; it really isn't a defining feature of them," said Ryan Twigg, Adoption Manager at the Hermitage in a recent release.
The immune systems of cats with FIV or FeLV are somewhat compromised, but the medical experts and shelter staff know that they can still live long, healthy lives, even with a positive diagnosis. These special-needs cats are extremely adoptable, so long as adopters keep them indoors, feed them healthful diets, and provide regular medical care.
The Hermitage Cat Shelter is an accredited sanctuary (American Sanctuary Association) to 27 FIV and FeLV positive cats who need homes however, hesitation from potential adopters and the public still surrounds the adoption of special-needs cats.
This uncertainty prompted the shelter to start a successful program called Lease for Life two years ago. For a small adoption fee, any adopter of an FIV or FeLV positive feline can expect the shelter to cover the cost of medicine or medical treatment the cat may require if it is directly related to their specific condition.
For more information about adopting special-needs cats, please call (520) 571-7839 or visit www.hermitagecatshelter.org.