The Dynamic Duo
Oliver and Mandu were featured in one of our newsletters earlier this year - they had returned to the shelter when their human got too sick to care for them. Unfortunately, months later, they're still at the shelter.
These adorable and lovable goofs are FIV-positive but have been in good health, so we expect that they'll live long and healthy lives in a home where they aren't exposed to other cats (who can expose them to diseases they'd have trouble fighting off). FIV is a virus that affects the immune system and how it reacts to illness. It's spread by the saliva and blood only to cats (it's not contagious to humans or dogs) - these two caught it when they were stray tom cats and then they were diagnosed when they came into the shelter by a blood test. Mandu was the first to come through our doors, in early 2013, and he was adopted into a home that didn't have any cats. Then a few months later came Oliver, so we turned to Mandu's human, who offered Oliver a second chance, and the two have been brothers ever since. They are extremely friendly and will come when you call (as long as they really really want to), love treats, toys, and catnip (nothing like a fat fuzzy belly in the air), and Mandu will claim your lap when you're not expecting it (warning, there be drool). They're both about 7 years old.
So why haven't they found a home? We aren't sure why these entertaining fuzzballs haven't captured anyone's heart, but part of it may be that we can't house them in the main part of the shelter without keeping them caged, so we have them in an isolated area where they can run around, which means they don't get to greet everyone. Also, their diagnosis can seem a little daunting, even though it isn't something that really impacts them on a day to day basis. But we understand, and we'll always be there as a sounding board should health issues arise, even after adoption. We're also open to considering foster so these two can get a shot at being in a home again.
So, do you have a cat-free home these two can call their own? Or maybe you already have an FIV+ kitty that needs a couple brothers! These two would like to apply for the position.