Adopt a Less-Adoptable Feline Friend!
Sunday April 2 to Sunday April 16 – $10 adoption fees!
111 W. Hunting Park Ave. Philadelphia PA 19140
Adoption hours: 1pm-8pm Monday through Friday and 10am-5pm Saturday and Sunday

Cats that are considered less desirable or adoptable are often the most appreciative and loving pets! For two weeks ACCT Philly is running an adoption event to highlight these very special felines. To meet these kitties, please stop into our adoption office during adoption hours. Please stop by for a special event on Sunday April 9th to meet some amazing cats currently in foster care!

What is considered less-adoptable?

Scaredies: Shy and nervous cats from recent hoarding cases.
Two separate hoarding cases were recently surrendered to ACCT Philly totaling 82 cats. These cats have grown up with minimal human interaction. They are shy, fearful, and when they feel threatened, they may hiss, growl, or in some case, swat, or bite. Many of these cats have already been successfully adopted into quiet, loving homes with cat savvy owners who are willing to give them plenty of time to build a trusting relationship with them. Another great option are alternative homes like barns, warehouse, or any other place where they can enjoy more space, help control the rodent population, and interact with humans on their terms. Learn more about barn homes and the recent hoarding cases.

Love is Positive: FIV+
FIV+ cats can live normal healthy lives. They can also live safely with other cats as long as the cats are not aggressive towards one other in the home. FIV is a virus typically causing a weakening of the cat’s immune system. FIV is transmitted through deep bite wounds. The infection eventually leads to a state of immune deficiency that hinders the cat’s ability to protect itself against other infections which are responsible for many of the diseases associated with FIV. The cat will need routine vet care along immediate vet care if they become ill.
Resources: http://bestfriends.org/resources/fiv-cats-faqs and http://www.vet.cornell.edu/fhc/Health_Information/brochure_fiv.cfm

Sweet Seniors
Senior cats deserve love too! These lovely pets often just need a cozy home to live out their golden years. They have so much personality and love to give! Senior pets will need routine medical care and may also require additional medical care and treatment for senior medical issues including dental care. After adopting a senior cat, adopters are encouraged to follow-up with their own private vet for a full senior vet exam and bloodwork. Can you open up your home to love an older pet?

Kitty Colds
Sometimes cats come down with a kitty colds which are also called an Upper Respiratory Infections – Symptoms include nose or eye discharge, congestion, coughing, or oral ulcers. URI can be treated with oral antibiotics and are typically easy to administer. If you can adopt one of these awesome sick kitties, the shelter will send you home with antibiotics!

A Fungus called Ringworm
Ringworm is a fungus that is highly contagious to cats, dogs, and humans, but is not deadly! This disease is caused by spores attached to hair follicles that cause patchy, crusty, or flaky circular areas of hair loss with central red rings. It can be treated with by dipping the animal in lyme sulfur baths and with oral medication. The shelter can send you home with instructions and treatment!

History of biting or scratching in the home
We have so many kitties that get a bad rap after biting or scratching. Often times, the incident occurs when the cat feels threatened or stressed. If you feel like you could offer one of these kitties a quiet home, they will surely blossom. They can be loving pets in the right environment.

Love is Positive: FeLV+
FeLV can affect the cat’s body in many ways. It is the most common cause of cancer in cats, it may cause various blood disorders, or it may lead to a state of immune deficiency that hinders the cat’s ability to protect itself against other infections. Often, cats with FeLV have a shorten lifespan. FeLV is a virus that is transmitted through saliva and nasal secretions, urine, feces, and milk from infected cats. Cat-to-cat transfer of the virus may occur from a bite wound, during mutual grooming, and (though rarely) through the shared use of litter boxes and feeding dishes. FeLV doesn’t survive long outside a cat’s body (on an outside surface)—probably less than a few hours under normal household conditions.
Resources: http://bestfriends.org/resources/felv-faqs.

And anyone else who is just a little different!