Our featured cat for The River's Purrfect Friday: Duncan
Here's what Dr. Jen had to say about Duncan:
From the records we obtained when we took Duncan in from Harbor Humane Society in May of 2010, this fabulous fella (born in March of 2006) came to them after having been abandoned in a condo for approximately 3 weeks back in March of that same year. Enraged that his deadbeat owner acted with such malice and disregard for this gentle soul's life, we jumped at the chance to help him when asked. Because of how their intake and adoption system works, Duncan wasn't tested for Feleuk or FIV until it was his time to be moved into the adoption area, so it was a real bummer for the staff when this gorgeous gray and buff guy turned out to be FIV positive.
However, this is where his story takes a long-overdue turn for the better, as when I brought him out to the vet clinic on June 27th, 2013 for a routine dental cleaning, I thought to re-test him...and he is FIV NEGATIVE! What does this mean? Well, since I didn't do the initial testing, I can't vouch for their testing procedures, but I do know that a fair number of cats that initially test positive actually will retest negative, so this may simply have been the case. Since I have seen this happen many times in the past, I am kicking myself for not retesting sooner, but better late than never in this case! And I tested him TWICE, so as of today, darling Duncan is officially a Crash Cat!
I know for a fact that all of the volunteers who have doted on Duncan at Big Sid's for the first three years of his residency with us will miss him immensely, but of course they can go visit him at Crash's until he tugs on someone's heartstrings and lands himself a home of his own - FINALLY! I have no doubts that he will be snatched up quickly, as he is by far one of the prettiest and friendliest boys around. He is a genuinely mellow, affectionate and charming chap that within minutes of scooping him up in your arms, YOU are the one turning to putty:)
Although all of our cats at our sanctuary are totally adoptable, we know that that our Crash cats do have a better chance of finding a fur-ever home. But I would like to point out that even if he was still FIV-positive, since he is not a fighter or a biter, there is no way he could transmit the virus to another cat. And, his life as a Big Sid's Kid just proves how very difficult it is for an adult, healthy cat to contract the Feline Leukemia virus as well, making the stigma associated with these diseases something to be overcome. Ignorance isn't bliss, understanding is. Well, that and a lap full of fluffy, furry, fabulous Duncan!
Can't adopt, but still want to help? Find out how you can sponsor a cat!