A purrfect match: FIV positive cat and widow find joy and healing together

Fred’s story is considered one of pleasure and mutual therapeutic. Nobody might have anticipated the moment bond between a loveable orange FIV-positive tabby and a cat-loving widow. However this unlikely duo have been clearly meant to be collectively! 

A tough begin 

Fred arrived on the Ontario SPCA Lennox & Addington Animal Centre mid-December 2022, with chunk wounds on his physique. The care group estimated he was about three years outdated.  

“Fred got here in wanting like he’d been roughed up a little bit bit. So we examined him and found he was FIV constructive,” says Kristy White, Supervisor of the Lennox & Addington Animal Centre. 

Feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV), is normally transferred from cats by means of deep puncture wounds. Along with having a weakened immune system, White says Fred additionally had an abscess on his leg that required remedy, and gum illness – a standard complication of FIV. Though having the virus doesn’t preclude a full and pleased life, a prognosis can imply an extended time ready for adoption. However Fred by no means let that get him down! 

“Fred was the sweetest. He had fairly a crackly meow; he appeared like a little bit grandpa,” says White. “He was tremendous pleasant and pleased.” 

A form donor generously paid for Fred’s adotion payment by means of the Ontario SPCA’s Undertake-it-Ahead program to assist him discover the precise residence sooner. Even with that serving to paw, the animal care group was ready for an extended journey forward, as FIV constructive cats are sometimes ignored by potential adopters.   Perhaps it was destiny that introduced  Stefanie to the animal centrejust a number of weeks after Fred arrived..  

New beginnings 

A 12 months after Stefanie mentioned goodbye to each her husband and her adored cat, solely two weeks aside, she says she determined it was time to carry one other cat into her life. 

“My strategy has at all times been to have the shelter employees pick a cat that’s unlikely to be adopted. That’s the one I take residence, and this time was no totally different,” Stefanie says. 

She was open to adopting any cat underneath one situation – if she adopted a male cat she would title him “Fred.”  

“Freddie Bodek was an expensive buddy of my father, Stefan,” says Stephanie. “They designed and constructed a tailless glider collectively within the 50s. My brother and I adored Freddie, and he beloved youngsters. He drove cool automobiles, together with a Citroen, and naturally, he gave us rides. My accomplice, George Knight, who beloved cats and handed away two years in the past, had Alfred for a center title, so my cat’s title is a tribute to 2 fantastic and distinctive characters. Aptly so, since Freddie the cat is a singular character!” 

After being proven into the adoption room and launched to the cats Stefanie was proven a giant orange cat, who simply so occurred to have the title “Fred” written on his kennel. She says she knew it was destiny. 

It was a bittersweet goodbye for the animal care group, who had fallen in love with Fred in his brief time with them.  

“It was type of a meant-to-be scenario when Stefanie got here in, and we have been very happy to get Fred into his perpetually residence,” says White.  

A contented ending for Fred 

Together with his voracious urge for food, chatty perspective, limitless purrs, and entertaining habits, Stefanie says Fred has introduced loads of pleasure and luxury into her life. Stefanie says she’s constructed a small deck enclosure and a screened tunnel that may finally result in a catio she’s having constructed so Fred can benefit from the open air safely. 

“I can consider nothing extra blissful and therapeutic than curling up with a e book and a purring cat with velvety paws and face. I actually consider we have been meant for one another,” she says.  

There are a lot of animals like Fred throughout the province ready for his or her perpetually properties. Go to our web site to view animals ready adoption.  

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