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In shelter Cat

Louisville, IL, 62858
Pet name:
Domestic Short Hair
You can fill out an adoption application online on our official website.This beautiful cat showed up as a stray with a limp from a leg injury late this summer. He went into a loving foster home and healed up with antibiotics. However, when we sent him for neuter, rabies and testing, we found out he was FIV positive.

FIV is spread by deep bite wounds, generally from territorial fights out on the "mean streets." While Anakin will need to be an indoor cat, he could live a long and healthy life of up to twelve years. Here is some information about FIV.

Lets start with the basics - FIV stands for Feline Immunodeficiency Virus. Its a slow developing, life long retrovirus of the lymph nodes and white blood cells that eventually weakens the immune system.

Approximately 1.5 - 3% of all cats in the USA have FIV.

A cat may be infected with FIV for years before any symptoms show up. With the proper diet and veterinary care, cats with FIV may have a fairly normal life expectancy and live 10-12 years or longer.

Now before we go on - lets be clear -
FIV poses no danger to humans or other types of animals, like dogs
. And the risk of infection for other cats in the household is very minimal. Passing the infection from one cat to another can NOT occur through casual contact. Many FIV+ cats live in multi cat households with FIV- cats and there are no issues.

FIV Transmission - How it Happens

In Utero - a mother cat with FIV may pass it on to her unborn babies. This is not common as the majority of FIV+ cats are male. FIV is generally not considered to be sexually transmitted; why male cats are more likely to get FIV is explained in detail in the next section.

Deep Bite Wounds - this is by far the most common source of FIV transmission. Were not talking about a playful nip among feline friends, either. Were talking about aggressive biting that results in deep wounds that draw blood. The blood mingles with infected saliva, and the virus is transmitted.

Clay County Animal Rescue & Shelter is located at 14400 Hwy. 45 in Louisville, IL. Our phone number is 618-665-3005. The shelter is open to the public 1-3 Monday-Saturday. Sundays we are open 1-4 to the public. If those times dont work, please call to set up a time to visit.

The typical adoption fee for dogs is $150. It includes vaccination, deworming , spay/neuter, heartworm testing on dogs of age and microchipping, which is now mandatory by state law. Some dogs we discount to as little as $50 due to sponsorship. Some dogs we ask a higher adoption fee, which helps us recoup expenses on heartworm treatment on other dogs.

All cats are spayed/neutered/vaccinated/flea treated/dewormed and microchipped prior to adoption. Cat adoption fees range from $60-$100. We spay/neuter/microchip/vaccinate and deworm all kittens and cats, prior to adoption. Our shyer/less adoptable cats are classed as "barn cats" and are free with a completed/approved barn cat application, which can be found on our website.

For updates on adoption events and more pics of pets available, go to our website, or look for us on Facebook.


  1. American Humane Association
  2. Peeva
  3. American Veterinary Medical Association
  4. Veterinary Information Network
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