Our featured cats for The River's Purrfect Friday: Andy And Gene
Here's what Dr. Jen had to say about Andy And Gene:
The story of Andy and Gene, brothers and best friends, was initially an upsetting tale, simply because it shows how human ignorance can adversely affect the pets in our care. Initially, Andy and Gene (born in February of 2007) were kittens at Reuben's Room cat rescue here in town. They were adopted out together, as front declawed cats that need to stay indoors, BUT a year and a half later, they were returned to the rescue and it was discovered that the owner had been letting them out from day one! Sadly, upon re-testing before admitting them back into her program, BOTH boys tested positive for Feline Leukemia virus. Appalled and upset beyond words, Jeanine Buckner (owner of the rescue) housed them and had them retested 3 months later; when they still came up positive for the virus, she asked us for help. Since we had sadly just lost a few of our very own beloved Big Sid's Kids, we were more than happy to take them into our program in February of 2011.
The boys were a bit shy at first, but within weeks had blossomed into two of the most adventurous, outgoing, funny fellas around! And, as we shockingly discovered in March of 2012, Andy proved to be quite the little escape artist, squeezing himself through a tear in a 2nd story screen window and not only taking the fall with ease, but taking off for months! We searched high and low all spring and summer long, having neighbors report him in the area, but we were unable to track him down. Finally, on Sunday July 29th, volunteers Chris and Diane live-trapped Andy and brought him back to safety; cat-proof safeguards have been put into place so this NEVER happens again!
So not only was Gene reunited with his long-lost brother, but upon his arrival to the clinic, I re-tested Andy twice, and he came up negative for Feline Leukemia virus! As if we hadn't gotten enough good news for one day, this was just the bee's knees! So I got Gene out to the clinic, re-tested him, and lo and behold, he was negative too! Now since I wasn't the one who ran the initial tests, I can't vouch for how they were done or how the blood samples were collected, but I can vouch for my tests and techniques... and I am thrilled that after living at our sanctuary for almost a year and a half neither boy had or contracted the virus! Also, this goes to show you just how difficult it actually is for a healthy cat to contract the Feline Leukemia Virus, which makes adopting one of our Big Sid's Kids a very viable option!
Now that they are Crash Cats however, their chances of finding themselves homes are much better, which also brings a smile to my face, as these boys are too delightful to pass up. They don't have to go into a home together but they do have to go into a home with at least one other resident cat; they love to romp and play and get into all sorts of mischief so a buddy is mandatory:) And lest you think having Andy or Gene as one of your own would be all motion and mayhem, I can guarantee you that each will be up for some serious cuddle and lap-time, as both boys are total love bugs! Help us celebrate this great turn of events by opting to adopt!
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