Every kitten we are able to take off the street and provide a safe and indoor home for is a happy ending, but sometimes some kittens have a touch more magic in their story.
The next day, our trapper had set up a big cat trap in hopes of catching big handsome daddy. To her surprise though, when she peaked in to check, there was a teeny tiny TABBY kitten no one had ever seen before (and how he triggered a big cat trap, we still don't know)!! We instantly named "her" Felicity "intense happiness". It wasn't until after his vet appointment we discovered he was actually a boy, so we just shortened it to Phil!
This is where the story adds magic; we got an email, not long after, from a mom who's son had been so patiently waiting for his own perfect kitten, he had a name picked out and everything. It was his DREAM, his last wish to have a kitten of his own...
On the day Phil arrived home, the family sent us the video of the first introduction; announced like a visit from royalty; and Phil's new "dad" was is absolute disbelief and "felicity"!!
With a new name, Denzel Washington, and a new family, this surprise kitten is such a perfect example of rescue magic!!
Unfortunately, Eric lost his battle but the love he poured into little Denzel, has been a comfort to his family.
We are grateful to our donors, community support, and volunteers who all played a part to be able to bring Denzel into this family’s life when they needed him the most.
Feline Leukemia virus is an infectious disease suppressing the feline immune system,
making the cats susceptible to different infectious diseases.
Feline Leukemia virus is the leading cause of cancer in cats, as well as various blood disorders due to the cat’s vulnerability when their immune system becomes suppressed. While unaffected cats are able to tolerate exposure to bacteria and other pathogens, this can create serious illness in cats who test positive for Feline Leukemia Virus. It is important to note that this virus is not transmitted to humans or other animals.
Signs and symptoms of Feline Leukemia Virus are important to recognize, to ensure cats get tested before the virus spreads.
Symptoms can often be masked and ignored because the disease can put the cat at risk for many infections and diseases.
If the results of the blood test come back as positive, an Indirect Immunofluorescent Antibody Assay test is used to confirm the positive result and test the stage of the infection, by testing the number of viral particles in white blood cells. High amounts of white blood cells identified in a blood test are usually a sign of infection.
Feline Leukemia Virus has a large impact on the community, specifically on those cats who live outside as strays, or as inside and outside cats. The virus can only be transmitted from cat to cat through saliva and blood. It can also be passed down from a mother cat during nursing or during the pregnancy.
The transmission process is concerning with stray cats, especially those who are in contact with other cats who may be positive for the disease. Stray cats, specifically males, can be aggressive and biting can lead to the spread through their saliva. It is ideal that cats testing positive for feline leukemia virus are only housed with other cats who test positive, this will reduce the risk of transmission to negative cats.
Cats with FeLV can live a high quality of life, although it is crucial to manage the
disease by monitoring the cat’s behaviour, activity, physical appearance, and excretion habits. Most cats will live approximately 2.5 years after their initial diagnosis. With proper care and diet, regular veterinary checkups, regular urine samples, and blood samples the affected cat will have an increase chance of a longer, healthier life. Spaying and neutering the cats will decrease aggression and also decrease the risk of the cat spreading the virus. It is best suitable for cats testing positive for the virus to remain indoors, as well as being the only cat in the household.
The Mississauga Humane society is committed to providing the best quality of life for the two cats in the shelter who have currently tested positive for Feline Leukemia Virus. Lagitha and Torvi are currently under the care of the Mississauga Humane Society and require extra veterinary care and management procedures with their interesting case. Both ladies have tested FAINT positive, which has caused a lot of discussion between their vet and the experts at IDEXX labs on the next best steps for them.
McKenzie is a true community rescued cat by the Mississauga Humane Society, who would not be with us without a team of people who support our mission!
The Mississauga Humane Society is an all-volunteer based, but we have been keeping to the recommended guidelines put out by the government and health ministry.
1. We have greatly reduced our intake to strictly kitten intake; and have reworked out adoption process to help to maintain physical distancing.
2. Any work on behalf of Mississauga Humane Society that a volunteer does that involves contact with people outside their immediate home environment must have board approval.
3. All volunteers engaging in any work for the Mississauga Humane Society must wear a mask; wash or sanitize their hands and any equipment; and maintain social distancing guidelines as outlined by the health ministry when having any contact with the community.
4. Any volunteer who feels ill must self-isolate and contact their primary doctor or local health officials. They must also tell anyone with whom they have contact.
Fosters who need assistance must contact MHS by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 905-271-0883. Fosters must have a current Foster Waiver Form on record with MHS to receive assistance.
We are pleased to announce some recent changes to the Mississauga Humane Society. We have spent our time in lock down building up our organization, and we are happy to share some of our recent achievements!
If you are not familiar with us, we have been in existence for 20+ years and are a 100% volunteer organization working in Mississauga’s neighbourhoods to rescue, care and find forever homes for stray, feral and abandoned animals.
We are now open for MEMBERSHIP!
As with other local Ontario humane societies, our members have the opportunity to take a more active role while supporting a vital community service.
Membership has been a year in the making, and we cannot wait to see how much stronger we will be with our members joining the cause!
HUMANE CANADA ASSOCIATE STATUS!
As an associate member, we are connected into a strong and cohesive national movement. These are very positive and exciting changes for Mississauga Humane Society.
If you would like to learn more about our organization, become a member, make a donation or volunteer. We, and the animals we support, would be happy to hear from you.
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