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Pet Adoption and Welfare Services of Oklahoma, Inc.         PAWS-OK         pawsokrescue@gmail.com      (405) 204-3964
The Friendliest Cats in Oklahoma City
Introducing  the PAWS-OK 
"Faces of Misfit Felines"
Just like in the famous childrens movie (The Island of Misfit Toys), these cats are not "purrfect" but still deserve to be in a loving home... could it be yours?
FIV in Cats - FAQs www.bestfriends.org
Speed Bump
Cats who test positive for FIV or Feline Leukallowed to attend adoption events or be housed in PetSmart Adoption Centers.  
These babies are available to meet by appointment only - just contact PAWS-OK.
Five Reasons Why You Shouldn't Fear FIV at www.catster.com
Five Reasons
Pet Adoption and Welfare Services of Oklahoma, Inc
Special Cases
This is REAPER! (FIV+)

Reaper was surrendered to PAWS in September 2014 with a serious skin issue around his neck.  He had been a stray in this condition and unwilling to approach the lady who was feeding him.  Finally after a number of months she was able to get her hands on him and called PAWS immediately for help. As you can see from the pictures (sorry they are so graphic) it has taken a while to get the skin around his neck to grow back and heal.  His slow recovery is most likely due to his FIV+ status.  Reaper is now available for adoption! He is a very sweet boy now and would 
make a fine indoor only cat for some special family. He likes to keep to 
himself and is quiet and very clean but can also have some wonderful
bursts of playfulness.  A sunny window, someone who will brush him
(he likes a daily brushing) and a couple of 
plush beds are all that is needed to keep him happy.  
Please contact us if you are interested in meeting Mr Reaper! 
Feburary 2016
Mamma Tamlyn (Felv+???)

Tamlyn was owner surrendered to PAWS in July 2014, very pregnant.  In fact she had three kittens the very next day!  She was a neighborhood stray and is a bit wary of new people at first.  She is quiet and very beautiful.  If you are interested in giving her a wonderful new home, please contact us!  We have tested Tamlyn every year since we rescued her and her results are a mystery.  FeLv positive twice and NEGATIVE twice!  Recent studies seem to indicate that adults who contract the virus can live normal life spans (YEA!) while kittens born with the virus generally don't survive their first birthday.  Tamlyn's three did not.  She is a sweet girl who loves attention.  Her virus status requires that she be an only cat in a home with an owner who will help her maintain her health with regular vet visits and good nutrition.
Feline Leukemia is a very contagious virus so positive cats must not share space, food bowls or litter boxes with other non-positive cats and must be strictly indoor cats.  The lifespan for most kittens born with the FeLv virus  survive less than one year.  Cats who contract it as adults can live much longer.  Stress should be kept to a minimum,  a nutritional diet is recommended and cats should be seen by a vet at any sign of illness. Any cat who goes outside should be vaccinated against this virus.
Ready to adopt?
The first step in adopting a pet from PAWS is to complete an
 Adoption Request Form
This brief survey helps us understand your pet experience, home environment and personal preferences so that we can help you pick out the purr-fect cat for your lifestyle. 

We have recently updated our Request Form so potential adopters can fill it out on line and send it back to us!  So if you are ready to adopt, download the form, complete it on your computer then 
send it back 
to us!  
PAWS currently has FOUR adult cats who have tested positive for the FIV virus. This virus is species specific and can not be transmitted to humans or canines.  They require no special care, only an attentive owner, no companion non positive cats and an indoor only lifestyle. There is no reliable vaccine for FIV.
August 2016
January 2017!
Independent Carley (FIV+)

Carley was owner surrendered to PAWS-OK in 2009 with her two kittens.  SInce that time she has had 3 homes.  The first home was with a nice family.  She was the young daughters 11th birthday present but a couple of years later they had grown tired of Carley and returned her.  Her next home was with an older couple.  She was the apple of her daddy's eye but after he passed away, his wife returned her again.  She had allowed Carley to go outside and when we tested her we found that she had caught the FIV virus.  Her third home was with a nice older, disabled woman who returned her 6 months later.  Carley is a we bit independent and will become dominant if she feels she can get away with it. She needs a cat-savvy owner used to dealing with strong willed cats.  If you are interested in this older gal ( DOB 2/2008) please contact us!
Snyder ("Twisty)
tripod & crushed 
Litter of blind kittens
Introducing MAUI! She is a 10 year old, front declawed black Maine Coon mix with a super sweet personality who is looking for a quiet home where she can be an only pet. We rescued her from the Edmond Shelter in August and here are some comments from her foster mom:

"Maui is a sweet older cat who loves to sit near her person. She is shy at first, but once she gets used 
to having you as “her person”, she will calmly follow you around your home so she can be near you. 
She loves to be gently brushed, petted & scratched. She will sometimes sing to you or roll on the floor 
to remind you that you can rub her tummy. Despite her age, Maui still likes to play. She likes to have a 
kitty mouse & a string toy in her collection. She is such a delight that I would like to adopt her, but I don’t 
have the ability to care for another cat long term. However, I do offer free babysitting for Maui if Maui 
finds a home in OKC. Of course, no kitty is perfect so it’s important to keep dried flower arrangements 
away from Maui, or else she will rearrange them for you, & possibly eat some, which leads to an upset 
tummy. Also, sometimes she needs a newspaper under her litter box & she might take your place on 
your pillow!"

Maui has a thyroid issue which was out of control when we rescued her. After months of food/medication formula 
adjusting we finally got her thyroid under control. She is on a strict diet of Prescription Diet Feline Y/D (no other food, 
no treats etc) and a once-a-day Methimazole pill (2.5 mg). The food is only available from a veterinarian & her new 
owner needs to commit to repeating thyroid testing at least annually. If you are interested in learning more about Maui, contact us.
Cash was up and about very quickly after his surgery - it took much longer for his hair to grow back!
Meet CASH (FIV+)

We were alerted about Cash by a local shelter where he was surrendered, unable to walk.  There was something seriously wrong with his hind legs.  When we got him to the vet and x-rayed, we found that BOTH of his rear legs were broken near the knee joint.  He immediately went to surgery where our great doc inserted three temporary rods to stabilize the bones until they healed.  A few days after surgery a bulge was discovered in his belly and he went under anesthesia once more for a hernia repair and neuter.  As if the poor guy hadn't been through enough, the snap test done on him came back positive for FIV too!
It is believed that he may have either jumped, been chased off,or thrown from a very high altitude and the force of landing on his two back legs fractured them. It may have also caused his hernia and his FIV status likely came from another positive cat fighting with him (most common cause of transmission).
Despite all his "adventures" he is a very sweet boy who gets along with everyone.  He is litter box trained, likes to eat and is super social.  He even gets along with dogs!
We are looking for a great home for him where he is the only cat and is kept strictly indoors so he doesn't have a chance to pass the virus along to other cats.  If you are interested in making Cash (named for his drain on our PAWS-OK bank account) a part of your family, please go to the Adoption Request Form link below.
Thank you!
Adoption Request