Sanctuary for FeLV+ Cats
WHO ARE WE?
We save Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV) cats from euthanization
Myriam’s Manger Sanctuary for FeLV Cats
FeLV is very misunderstood
Unfortunately information about the FeLV virus is very skewed and misunderstood. Due to this, FeLV cats are not successfully adopted. A lot of rescues do not want to take FeLV cats because they are worried that the virus will infect their healthy cats. The FeLV virus is very fragile outside the body and does not live long. Even in close contact between FeLV infected cats and healthy cats, it takes a prolonged period of close contact before healthy cats get infected and if they do get infected it is usually because the healthy cat was not so healthy to begin with. Many cats today have loads of health issues because of poor diet, bad environmental conditions, and loads of toxins in the body. Even if your healthy cat is vaccinated against FeLV, the vaccine is only 85% effective. Kill shelters will euthanize Felv cats because they don’t have space, they can’t adopt them out easily, and they cannot assume the financial burden if the cat gets ill. People are hesitant to adopt FeLV cats because again they do not want to assume such a large financial burden if the cat gets sick.
FeLV Cat Sanctuary Ontario Canada
This is why I opened an FeLV cat sanctuary. Myriam’s Manger is a cat sanctuary where FeLV cats can live out their lives in a caring and safe environment. We are located in Ontario. Presently we have 33 cats who are FeLV positive, but all doing great.
FeLV is not a death sentence
FeLV is not a death sentence. It can be controlled, and we have seen in many cases, as cats get older, they can suppress the virus and subsequent testing shows them to be FeLV negative. One thing is true though that an FeLV cat will definitely need more care than a healthy cat. Diet is especially important, as well as a stress management, because stress can compromise the immune system. Often a stressed FeLV cat, (and you see this often with FeLV cats who are kept in shelters where it is noisy and there is a lot of traffic), will develop upper respiratory problems or bladder infections. We also recommend they are taken outside under supervision, so that they can get a few hours of sunshine everyday, and nibble on grass which is so important for digestion. With great care, lots of love, and patience, FeLV cats can live to a ripe old age, and we have proven this on several occasions. You can check out our stories on Mickey and Baby, and our beautiful Sarah, who all surpassed the expected life span of an FeLV cat.
There are still many FeLV cats that are in danger of being euthanized. Without your monetary help, I cannot help these poor souls. Please consider helping me in my quest to give more FeLV cats a haven where they can live out their lives with love and care.
Check out our Blog on FeLV Cats
WHAT WE HAVE DONE SINCE 2017
CATS SAVED SINCE 2017
MONTHLY CAT FOOD COST
VET COSTS 2019
WE NEED YOUR HELP TO SAVE MORE FELV CATS IN DANGER OF BEING EUTHANIZED
Even as little as $5.00 dollars can feed 2 cats per day.
Everyday we get emails and calls from rescues and shelters who need help placing FeLV cats. At the moment we have had to close our intake because of lack of funds. Without you we cannot reopen our intake. More FeLV cats are in desperate need of care and a permanent home where they can be loved. Please help us make this possible.
Help us to save more and more FeLV cats, and bring them a brighter tomorrow! Together we can make miracles happen!
WANT TO FOSTER INSTEAD
Maybe you want to foster instead? Fostering is very helpful for us because it helps us to build a team that will care for the cats. In addition a lot of our cats come from bad backgrounds and they have not had any socializing and fosters can definitely help to socialize these cats. Unfortunately, we don’t also have the time to give each and every cat the one-on-one they need, because we spend most of our days cleaning litter boxes, washing blankets, driving the cats to the vet, feeding. We do however make sure to give them some playtime each and every day. Play time is so important to stimulate their senses, and provide them with exercise, especially since they cannot go outside.
If you would like to foster an FeLV cat, you can be guaranteed that we will support you every step of the way. Normally fostering is for a short period, because they need to be brought back to the shelter so that they do not forget their environment and their playmates. If they are away for too long, they will not be able to be reintegrated into the shelter. However even if it is for a short period, we do see a lot of improvement in our cats when they come back. It is so important to introduce cats to new environments and new people, because they will regress into scared cats, and this is especially not good for FeLV cats because stress in these cats will lower their immune system and put them at risk for health issues.
Check Out our cats that are in need of fostering.