Updated: Feb 21, 2020
Cats with FIV are often overlooked in animal shelters due to misconceptions about the disease.
Tanner; a cute, mischievous orange tabby kitten that came into the shelter like any other kitten with one little difference. Tanner unfortunately tested positive for FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus). Typically, cats are euthanized at shelters if they test positive but thankfully the shelter I worked at was willing to give a chance to educate the public about Tanner and what it meant for him to have FIV. The normal round of standard picture posting didn't seem to generate any serious inquiries.
So my partner and I made a video highlighting Tanner's playful side and stressed that his disease requires just a bit more TLC than a cat who is perfectly healthy. It didn't take long for a younger couple to apply for Tanner and take him home. I made sure they were provided with an abundance of informative reading literature to take to help them under FIV better. Then if he did start to show signs of symptoms they wouldn't be caught off guard. That certainly eased their minds knowing that he indeed can most definitely live a long and happy life.