A purrfect match: FIV optimistic cat and widow discover pleasure and therapeutic collectively


Fred’s story is considered one of pleasure and mutual therapeutic. Nobody may 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 chew wounds on his physique. The care group estimated he was about three years previous.  

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

Feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV), is normally transferred from cats by way of deep puncture wounds. Along with having a weakened immune system, White says Fred additionally had an abscess on his leg that required therapy, and gum illness – a standard complication of FIV. Though having the virus doesn’t preclude a full and blissful 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 seemed like slightly grandpa,” says White. “He was tremendous pleasant and blissful.” 

A form donor generously paid for Fred’s adotion price by way of the Ontario SPCA’s Undertake-it-Ahead program to assist him discover the appropriate house sooner. Even with that serving to paw, the animal care group was ready for a protracted journey forward, as FIV optimistic cats are sometimes ignored by potential adopters.   Possibly it was destiny that introduced  Stefanie to the animal centrejust just a few weeks after Fred arrived..  

New beginnings 

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

“My strategy has at all times been to have the shelter workers pick a cat that’s unlikely to be adopted. That’s the one I take house, 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 a pricey good friend 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 companion, 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 novel character!” 

After being proven into the adoption room and launched to the cats Stefanie was proven an enormous 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 quick time with them.  

“It was type of a meant-to-be state of affairs when Stefanie got here in, and we have been more than pleased to get Fred into his perpetually house,” 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 plenty of pleasure and luxury into her life. Stefanie says she’s constructed a small deck enclosure and a screened tunnel that can ultimately 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 lots of animals like Fred throughout the province ready for his or her perpetually houses. Go to our web site to view animals ready adoption.