This is the email I never wanted to send...and always knew I would.
Our little Patches, who is in foster with her young kittens, has tested positive for FELV. She has been in an excellent foster home since her kittens were less than 2 weeks old and they are now almost 6 weeks. Patches is around 7-8 months old really just a kitten herself. Patches is the poster child for why we don't let kitties out and why we have them spayed. And because these 2 safety measures weren't extended to her, Patches faces an uncertain future as do her babies.
FELV is feline leukemia which is air-borne and so is a danger to any healthy cats and usually carries a death sentence with it as far as adoptions go. Many shelters euthanize as soon as the test comes up positive as they can't house them with healthy cats and possibly would never have an adopter come forward.
We have been contacted by someone who knows of someone who has an FELV cat and could possibly take Patches. We haven't heard back yet if this is a possibility. Also, the kittens won't be tested until they are 8 weeks old but are highly likely to have it too.
You can imagine how we feel. So I want to send this out, not to make you feel bad, too, but in the off chance that someone will mention this to someone who knows someone who could take a cat or a kitten or kittens and give them a chance to have a real life with a loving environment and the normal to and fro of daily life in a household who values them for who they are.
Thank you all for caring and for all you have done for us and are continuing to do. It means the world to our kitties and makes it possible to care for them in the interim waiting period before adoption.