Pet Tales

Two North County kittens adopted after being confirmed FIV-free

Nemo, left, and Nikki, were born on Christmas Eve. The kittens originally tested positive for FIV, they have since been retested and found to be negative. Both kittens are adopted. The North County Humane Society has a few kittens ready for adoption, and at least 70 younger kittens in foster care who will be arriving at the shelter shortly.
Nemo, left, and Nikki, were born on Christmas Eve. The kittens originally tested positive for FIV, they have since been retested and found to be negative. Both kittens are adopted. The North County Humane Society has a few kittens ready for adoption, and at least 70 younger kittens in foster care who will be arriving at the shelter shortly.

I’m happy to report that two kittens — Nikki and Nemo — that were born on Christmas Eve and found by the family dog in a cold, drafty shed in rural Paso Robles, were adopted and tested negative for FIV, the feline equivalent to AIDS, after a previous false positive test.

The North County Humane Society had been looking for homes for Nikki and Nemo, who were among a batch of five — the three other kittens also initially tested positive for FIV and have yet to be retested. All of the kittens have been adopted.

If a cat is affected by FIV, it can only live indoors and with cats that are similarly affected.

Kittens are tested for FIV and FELV at 8 weeks, and those that test positive are retested at 3 months. Sometimes, as kittens receive their first vaccinations and their immune systems develop, the first test proves to be a false positive, shelter manager Sherry Chapman said. She was the kittens’ foster parent, and calls them the shelter’s “Christmas miracle.”

The North County Humane Society has a few kittens ready for adoption, and at least 70 younger kittens in foster care who will be arriving at the shelter shortly. Visit the shelter’s website to see kittens available for adoption: www.slonchs.org.

The North County Humane Society is located at 2300 Ramona Road in Atascadero. Contact the shelter at 805-466-5403 or slonchs.info@gmail.com.

Horse Emergency Evacuation Team to host Trailer Rodeo

Horse Emergency Evacuation Team is hosting a trailer rodeo to help drivers improve their trailer towing, parking and reversing skills. The event will be at 9 a.m. May 14 at the Santa Maria Elks Unocal Event Center, 4040 Highway 101 in Santa Maria. The event is open to the public.

The CHP will discuss proper trailer lights, road safety and laws pertaining to trailers on the road.

HEET is a nonprofit organization with divisions in north and south San Luis Obispo County. HEET assists law enforcement in providing emergency services for large animals including horses, cattle, llamas and more. For more information, call 805-466-7457 or visit www.sloheet.org.

It’s blooming cats at the Homeless Animal Rescue Team

It’s springtime, and it’s blooming cats at the HART shelter. Through mid-May, HART is reducing its adoption fee to $11 for all cats and kittens 7 months or older. The adoption package includes spay/neuter and up-to-date vaccinations, together with a follow-up vet visit, bag of kibble, and HART ID tag and microchip.

During any season, senior cats and senior people often make ideal companions. HART’s Senior Noble Companion program matches senior citizens with senior “kitizens” (8 and older), for no adoption fee.

HART is at 2638 Main St. in Cambria. Call 805-927-7377 or visit www.slohart.org.

Working to cancel kitten season

Woods Humane Society and San Luis Obispo County Animal Services are teaming up to offer $5 spay/neuter surgeries for cats belonging to San Luis Obispo County residents. Surgeries are limited; call 805-543-9316 to schedule an appointment.

As surplus kittens flood area shelters, resources to provide care, veterinary treatment and adoption services are spread thin, and the risk of illness to all felines increases. Join the shelters’ efforts to cancel kitten season.

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