Last week, we received an email from Animal Control. An intact Bengal cat had been surrendered due to the owner not having enough time for him.
Our program for domestic Bengal cats is full. We’ve been spending several months building a new area for our hybrid cats who won’t tolerate living with other cats. But, when we heard this cat was unhandleable, we knew we were his last hope. He’d been deemed unsuitable for adoption.
We opened our hearts and said “YES” to providing Harley a forever home at The Wildcat Sanctuary. We know you support that decision, too.
Per their protocol, Animal Control performed his exam, neuter, vaccinations and tests. We were devastated to find out he tested positive for Feline Leukemia. Our hearts broke.
The shelter performed two more tests. He was faint positive again.
A decision had to be made. Do we allow him to be euthanized? We cannot knowingly accept a positive cat into the Bengal population. But, we also know that the snap tests used can show false positives.
We had to make a decision fast.
We could send out for a more accurate test, the ELISA test. But, results wouldn’t be back for days and the shelter didn’t have the centrifuge needed to do that.
Harley couldn’t come to our sanctuary until we had the results. Would we have to make the difficult decision of not accepting Harley knowing his fate?
Luckily, our wonderful vet agreed to accept Harley into her mobile clinic, perform the blood test, and then determine next steps when results came back in a few days.
It was a long 48 hours – waiting!
We were thrilled when our vet called and said the ELISA test was negative for Feline Leukemia! That meant Harley could join the TWS family!!!
So please celebrate with us and welcome Harley to his forever home! You can be a part of his life here at the sanctuary, by becoming his sponsor parent!
We know we cannot rescue every cat in need. But we sure try! And doesn’t it feel good when you do save a life?