The “adoptable cat of the week” in metro Atlanta this week is Valmar from LifeLine Animal Project. Valmar is approximately four and a half years old, is up-to-date on vaccinations and is microchipped. He has been declared healthy and ready for his forever home. Here is the description of Valmar from the LifeLine website:
“Valmar is the ultimate love kitty. He came to us as an injured stray through animal control. He is absolutely adorable, loves to be cuddled like a baby and gives endless head butts. He is FIV positive but is very healthy.”
The Decatur Patch published Valmar's story in October 2012. Here is more about Valmar from that story:
“A good-sized, amiable, adult black cat, Valmar lived on the streets before landing his 'office job'. He's extremely friendly and loving and enjoys being around other animals. He's about 4-years old now and healthy, despite being diagnosed as being FIV+.
Feline Immunodeficiency Virus, or FIV, is an immune disease that is thought to affect 1.5-3 percent of cats living in the United States. With appropriate care, good food and healthy living conditions many infected cats will live long and robust lives. Neither humans nor dogs can catch FIV from a cat and it cannot be spread from one cat to another through casual contact.
Outdoor cats most often catch and spread the disease through biting and fighting. There is a preventative vaccine for FIV.
When Valmar was first rescued by LifeLine he had a deep gash on his side, consistent with being caught in a fence, perhaps one with barbed wire. Once treated by vets and completely healed, he moved into LifeLine's offices and has been there ever since.
He walks up to every visitor or staff member who comes through the door, hoping there's time to be held and petted. Once in your arms, he melts into your shoulder and appears to fall asleep, purring the whole time.”
Click here if you are interested in adopting Valmar.
About LifeLine Animal Project (from April 17, 2012 Press Release)
“Since 2002 LifeLine has worked tirelessly to end the euthanasia of healthy and treatable dogs and cats in area shelters, promote adoption and rescue and rehabilitate homeless pets who have nowhere else to turn. The non-profit operates two low-cost Spay & Neuter Clinics to serve other rescue groups and the public and have performed 50,000 spay/neuter surgeries to date. More than 130,000 dogs and cats will enter Atlanta area shelters in a year’s time, at a cost to the taxpayers of more than $15 million annually, LifeLine’s clinics are an affordable option and are vital to easing this burden.”