Rescues Taking FIV Cats

How To Find A Home For An FIV Cat

Finding a home or rescue to take an FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus) cat can be difficult because of the myths on the Internet. Here, I'll list shelters, rescues and sanctuaries that take FIV cats to help you find a safe place for your rescue or beloved cat.

Many shelters kill cats that test positive for FIV antibodies -- this needs to stop because FIV is really no big deal. FIV cats can live long, healthy, happy lives with this diagnosis. Most never get sick and usually will die of the same old-age disease as Non-FIV cats.

If you have rescued an FIV cat or have one that you simply can not keep yourself, this listing will help you. It is a list of the Shelters, rescues and sanctuaries that take FIV cats. This is only the beginning. I will continue to add places that find homes for FIV cats or are sanctuaries for them. More rescues and shelters are changing their policies every day as they learn more about this virus.

I will also add websites where you can list your FIV cat for adoption.

For more information on FIV, click on FIV Cat Rescue

Photo: Harley, an FIV cat at FIV Cat Rescue

Copyright 2016 Frankie Kangas

FIV+ cat
FIV+ cat


Read Before Continuing

FIV Cat Rescue is not affiliated with any of the organizations listed on this website. They were found through our own internet research, and the research or recommendations by others. FIV Cat Rescue has not visited any of the organizations, and has no personal experience or knowledge regarding the adherence to their stated policies, upkeep, and the well-being of the cats that are in their care.

FIV Cat Rescue offers these links optimistically as a service. although we strive to keep the list current, please contact the organizations directly to find out if they are still a viable resource for your FIV cat. It is up to you to do your due diligence before placing a cat at any of these organizations. We can not impress this responsibility upon you strongly enough. The cat(s) you place in their care are counting on you! FIV Cat Rescue assumes no liability for the misuse of the information contained on this website.

A final note...You can be of help to all if you have verifiable knowledge that would indicate taking an organization OFF of this list. Contact FIV Cat Rescue with the specifics.

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They do not separate them by FIV, however, so once you find a shelter near you, carefully read what their description. Normally, if they take FIV cats, they will say so explicitly. Good luck!

Gypsy FIV 8-yrs old still purring

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If you are a rescue, shelter or sanctuary that takes FIV+ cats, are located in the U.S. and would like to be listed in this directory, please leave a message here or contact Frankie at

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This listing was created and being maintained by:

FIV Cat Rescue

P.O. Box 1758

Fort Bragg, CA. 95437

Our Mission is to stop the killing of cats that test positive for FIV (Feline immunodeficiency Virus) antibodies due to misinformation and fear.

1. Work with researchers to create and distribute educational materials to vets, shelters and the general public about FIV.

2. To set up and make available a database of shelters, rescues and sanctuaries that take in FIV+ cats.

3. To provide rescuers and caregivers the tools they need to help stop the killing of FIV+ cats.

4. To provide the assistance needed to find forever homes for FIV+ cats.

"Testing positive for FIV antibodies should not be a death sentence. Most FIV+ cats live long, healthy lives."

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gottaloveit2 4 years ago

I adopted a FIV positive cat 4 years ago. He was living in the woods behind someone's house in VA and got eaten by some dogs. The neighbor trapped him and vetted him and kept him inside until I came along and adopted him. JB is a gorgeous cat and so very friendly and grateful.

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gottaloveit2 4 years ago

OH, blessed too!

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Franksterk 4 years ago from California Author

@gottaloveit2: Thank you!

sospresident1 4 years ago

Fantastic! This informative educational site is sure to save many lives and help us understand the facts about FIV.

KUDOS to you for your very important work!

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KimGiancaterino 4 years ago

Thank you for helping FIV cats, and especially for educating people about FIV. The FIV cats I rescued lead fairly normal lives and did not transmit the disease to my other cats. Their lives were shorter, but they never suffered.

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Franksterk 4 years ago from California Author

@KimGiancaterino: You are welcome. I'm surprised that they all lived shorter lives. I've been finding that it is never a sure thing. I just had a 15 yr-old FIV cat die but several years ago I had a 2 yr-old NON-FIV cat die of congestive heart failure (which was a shock and happened within a month) and a couple years before that a 6 yr-old NON-FIV cat that died of breast cancer. One of our FIV cats is 16 year old and a friend had one that lived to 22 yrs. Although FIV is supposed to be a very slow moving virus, it doesn't always affect a cat. In fact, most die from old age diseases just like NON-FIV cats.

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KimGiancaterino 4 years ago

@Franksterk: You've right. My FIV cats were in the 12-15 age range, so they had normal life spans for indoor/outdoor cats. I never know exact ages with these types of rescues. They were living happily at a TV station for years until someone complained. Just glad we caught them first.

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Franksterk 4 years ago from California Author

@sospresident1: Thank you!

anndeb 4 years ago

I love your cats

anndeb 4 years ago

@sospresident1: please see my lens on quidoo---save a cat

anonymous 4 years ago

My brother and sister in law had a cat diagnosed with FIV for years that never developed Aids and did pass of old age while being dearly loved . Peak was a greeter cat that approached everyone so gently.

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suepogson 4 years ago

Thank you for your great work.

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Franksterk 4 years ago from California Author

@suepogson: Thank you! Bear hugs, Frankie

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junkcat 3 years ago

Thanks for sharing

anonymous 3 years ago

I'm trying to find a home for cat with FIV. I would keep him myself but I already have cats. If anyone knows anyone that can foster him or help please leave a comment. Thank you!

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Franksterk 3 years ago from California Author

@anonymous: Why can't you keep him with your cats? FIV is only passed through deep bite wounds so as long as you introduce the cats properly, there is usually no problems.

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Franksterk 3 years ago from California Author

@anonymous: For more information on FIV, check out the information on FIV on

anonymous 3 years ago

I have 4 beautiful FIV kittens that are about 5 months old.I have been doing TNR for years.When I find kittens I work hard to tame them and adopt them out.I have gone through all the regular adoption channels here and in neighboring counties to no avail.

I have 19 of my own cats(live on 2 acres).Need some good advice..

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Franksterk 3 years ago from California Author

@anonymous: 5-month old kittens should be retested after they are 6 to 8 months old. They may have inherited their mother's antibodies. In fact ALL cats that test positive should have a confirmatory test done anyway due to the number of false-positives. To find homes, you can do some of the things we suggested on this site: make up flyers and post them in vet offices, bulletin boards, etc.; email to friends and family; use facebook to post and cross post; post on the various FIV cats sites on facebook, check out the other things on this site for more.

Also, check your whole state -- what city/state are you in? -- There is a non-profit that transports cats to new homes so transportation should not be an issue. Let me know if you need the link. Good luck.

anonymous 3 years ago

@Franksterk: Thanks for reminding folks to retest FIV+ kittens.

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myowncupoftea 3 years ago

I'm a mommy to one FIV positive cat. Her doctor suggested separate feeding bowls for the mama cat and each of her kitties.

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Franksterk 3 years ago from California Author

@myowncupoftea: FIV is NOT passed through food dishes or water dishes, grooming each other, litter boxes or even sneezes. It is usually passed through deep bite wounds. A kitten can get it during gestation, as the kittens pass through the birth canal, or through nursing. Most kittens, however, test positive because they have simply inherited their moms antibodies. These maternal antibodies almost always go away within 6 to 8 months. So kittens should be retested after that time when the antibodies will probably be gone.

To separate the food dishes BECAUSE one kitten is FIV+ is silly. I do think each cat and kitten should have its own food dish NOT because one is FIV+ but because:

1. it allows each kitten to eat at its own pace;

2. it teaches them for later in life not to eat another cat's food when they are eating from their own dish; and

3. you can monitor how much each kitten is eating to know if there are any problems.

From you email, I can not tell if the momma is FIV+ or one of the kittens. It really doesn't matter, kittens, indeed most cats, will eat out of each others dishes even when they are separated.

Check back in about a month. We should have our FIV book completed and we will have info on it here. There we go more in depth about the latest research and debunk the myths that plague cats that test positive for FIV antibodies.

Kate Karp 2 years ago

Frankie Kangas is a goddess. At the moment, we have a "community" FIV-positive cat whom we named Vanilla. Vanilla was pulled from an uneducated family in a trailer park where he was subsisting on whatever scraps they gave him. He was thin, full of fleas, and anemic. The bunch of us had him neutered and vetted, and now he's relaxing with one of our number while we try to find him a home. At a snail's pace, I'm writing an article about the differences between FIV and FELV and have relied mainly on Frankie for info. Thank you, my dear!

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Erasmo Almagno 2 years ago


Me and my wife have 6 cats resque from the streets of Miami Beach and a dog.

We also feed every night a community of cats in the area, but two days ago we found

this beautiful and supersweet cat sitting on the sidewalk.

We named Oscar, was following us like one of our own cats and didn't want lo live us.

We were so worry that something could happen because his superfriendly attitude.

We put him in a cage and went to the local veterinary to neuter, but the veterinary

just told us a few hours ago that he is FIV feline positive.

We have to pick him up tomorrow and we have no idea what to do, we can't keep it at home but we want to save him, we can help with donation to a shelter that could help Oscar.


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Franksterk 2 years ago from California Author

Hi Erasmo, I answered your request for help from the email you sent to me at

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Erasmo Almagno 2 years ago

Thank you Frankie

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Franksterk 2 years ago from California Author

Thanks for your comment. NOTE: Included in the estimated 1 million cats killed worldwide are the kittens that tested positive for FIV who had inherited their Mom's antibodies which would have been gone by the time they were 6 to 8 months old. They never had it. Also included in that number are the adults cats who never had it but the ELISA aka SNAP tests incorrectly came back positive. Those tests have a 20 to 32% false-positives. So, cats with and without the virus are being killed simply due to the testing. AND, FIV is really no big deal even if they do have the virus. FIV is a diagnosis NOT a disease. FIV cats live as long as Non-FIV cats and die from the same old-age diseases.

Kristi 19 months ago

Thanks for the information!

Very helpful.

Debbie 19 months ago

Thank you so much for putting together this list. It was extremely useful, and I am grateful for all you do!

Thanks again!

Peter Askin 18 months ago

Thank you for all you do to help FIV kitties. However, and FYI, Grayson County Humane Society in Leitchfield, KY is not a sanctuary, but an open admission city shelter that must take all owner surrenders and cats from animal control including viral positive kitties. The shelter in turn must strive to find homes for these kitties (a big task). Please remove the shelter from your list. Thank you!

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Franksterk 18 months ago from California Author

Peter, Thank you for your note. We were misinformed and will remove it immediately.

Ladybird Animal Sanctuary 17 months ago

Thanks for everything you're doing to educate the public and help FIV cats. The Ladybird Animal Sanctuary doesn't have a physical shelter yet. At one time, we did have one foster home who was taking FIV cats, but they're unable to foster right now. If you could remove our listing from your website for the moment, we'd appreciate it.

We do plan to have an FIV and FeLV specific area of our shelter when we have land to build on in the future, and we'd be happy to be listed on your site again then.


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Franksterk 17 months ago from California Author

Hi, I've taken Ladybird Animal Sanctuary off the listing for Canada. Thank you for letting us know. Please let me know when you do have your FIV area ready and I'll add you back. Warm regards, Frnakie

Bob Jyinks 5 months ago

Thank you for this website. This site is a blessing for me and the cats I want to help that have FIV. FIV is not the end of the world.....

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Franksterk 5 months ago from California Author

Bob Jyinks - Thank you. Keep spreading the word that FIV is no big deal! Check out our website at and Facebook page at

Michelle Groncki 2 months ago

Can a previously vaccinated cat get a positive test result for FIV since the SNAP test is just checking for antibodies?

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Franksterk 2 months ago from California Author

Michelle -- You are correct, the SNAP aka COMBO aka ELISA test does screen for antibodies only, not the virus itself. Cats that have been vaccinated for FIV will test positive for FIV. Kittens can also inherit Mom's antibodies from an FIV vaccinated cat, which should go away by the time they are 6 months old.

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