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Adopt A Friend

Our adoption fee is $125 for dogs and $90 for cats, regardless of whether the pet is purebred or a mixed breed. All of our pets are Vet checked for health, spayed or neutered, wormed,  up-to-date on all vaccinations and microchipped. Dogs are tested for heartworm, treated if necessary, and placed on preventative.  Cats are tested for Feline Leukemia and FIV. All injured pets receive any treatment or surgery needed to restore them back to good health!

To adopt a pet from All Paws, or to find more information on one of our pets, visit us at any adoption event, e-mail us at adopt@allpawsrescue.info, or call us on the PAWS Line at 636-288-2999. Because we are a foster home network, we make efforts to meet adopters at times and places convenient to all involved. We do ask potential adopters to first complete an adoption application, for the purpose of ensuring your compatibility with a pet, as well as your eligibility to own a pet. After the application is reviewed and approved, we require adopters to complete an adoption contract. We do not discriminate against anyone for reasons of race, religion, politics, gender, or sexual orientation; but reserve the right to refuse adoptions based on the information we interpret from these forms, with regard to legalities, and the pet's needs or requirements. We try very hard to make every adoption a happy and satisfactory one!

Dogs Available for Adoption

Cats Available for Adoption

Adoption Notes

FIV Cats

November 17, 2009

You may notice that some of the cats available for adoption have a small green heart that signifies they are special needs.  They may be identified as special needs for various reasons, but one of the most common reasons is because they tested positive for FIV.  Here are some facts about FIV:

FIV Facts

1. The Feline Immuno-deficiency Virus is a slow virus that affects a cat's immune system over a period of years.

2. FIV is a cat-only disease and cannot be spread to humans or other non-felines.

3. FIV cats most often live long, healthy, and relatively normal lives with no symptoms at all.

4. FIV is not easily passed between cats. It cannot be spread casually - like in litter boxes, water and food bowls, or when snuggling and playing. It is rarely spread from a mother to her kittens.

5. The virus can be spread through blood transfusions, badly infected gums, or serious, penetrating bite wounds. (Bite wounds of this kind are extremely rare, except in free-roaming, unneutered tomcats.)

6. A neutered cat, in a home, is extremely unlikely to infect other cats, if properly introduced.

7. Many vets are not educated about FIV since the virus was only discovered 15 years ago.

8. FIV-positive cats should be kept as healthy as possible. Keep them indoors and free from stress, feed them a high-quality diet, keep and treat any secondary problems as soon as they arise.

 

Many FIV cats, such as Chester (pictured above) and Arnie (pictured on the right)  have been waiting a long time to be adopted, because they tested positive for FIV.  And yet in some cases they may not even have FIV.  If they were ever vaccinated against it, they will show as positive for the virus for the rest of their lives.  And even if they do have FIV, they may go their entire life without ever showing symptoms.  FIV positive cats can live long, healthy, happy lives.  So please, if you're considering adopting a cat, consider one of these very worthy FIV cats.