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I had adopted a cat with FIV in the Spring 2003 from a rescue group that had an adoption space in my local pet store. Shortly thereafter they placed another FIV+ cat in their showcase area. She was a skinny, sweet little girl who was a "hard adoption" because in addition to her condition, she was 11 years old - too old for most people looking for a new cat. She also came from a hoarder's home so she was very shy. The rescue group called had called me to see if I might consider adopting this cat too: I went to take a look at her and as soon as they opened her cage she walked over to where I was sitting on the floor and planted herself in my lap. I took her home immediately and named her Alice Saucer Eyes because she just sat in the middle of my floor and looked around with her eyes sooooo wide open as though she couldn't beleive that she finally had a safe home.

Alice just passed away at the ripe old age of 21 - she had 10 years of unlimited and unconditional love; she slept by my head every night and woke me with happy chirps and purrs every morning. She never had any sort of illness - not even a cold - until the last month of her life despite being FIV+. I'm so grateful that I didn't automatically say "no" to adopting her based on her age and medical status because she gave me so much joy every minute that we were together.

New York, NY

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