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Queenstown, MD 21658
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Along with caring for the animals lessons, advice, funny tidbits pop-up and we would like to share this with you.

Tuesday, 22 October 2019 21:47

That’s one of the first things I ask potential adopters when they meet these three sweet boys. Garbanzo Bean, Grayson, and Ernie have one big thing in common (aside from their residence in our adoption managers office) - all three have Feline Immunodeficiency Virus, also known as FIV or feline AIDS. That particular name makes FIV sound pretty scary; it might leave you picturing a sickly cat that needs daily medication but will probably pass away pretty quickly no matter what you do.I’m happy to report that couldn’t be more wrong.

An FIV diagnosis simply means that these boys have a below-average immune system. If they get sick, they could be a little sicker and they could be sick longer. However, on a regular basis they’re happy and healthy cats, not on any special medications, and they have a life expectancy pretty comparable to a non-FIV carrying cat (it’s possible that they could have a couple of years shaved off at the very end, but there’s no reason to panic - they’ll live a long and fulfilled life.)

The key with FIV is prevention. Regular vet visits are necessary for any pet, but they are especially crucial for keeping your FIV+ kitties in tip-top shape. Also, keeping these cats indoors only is a must to limit their exposure to viruses and bacteria.All in all, when you adopt an FIV+ cat, you’re guaranteed a lifetimes worth of love and happiness, just the same as if you adopted a cat that tested negative.

So swing by and see these boys sometime soon; they adore visitors.

Tuesday, 19 September 2017 19:25

Kitten season is the time of year when cats give birth, flooding local shelters like AWL with homeless kittens. It’s actually three seasons in one, starting in the spring, peaking in late spring or early summer, and ending in fall.

Kitten season happens because too many kittens are born as a result of the mating of cats who are not spayed and neutered.

How You Can Help

  1. Spay or neuter your cats
    Cats can become pregnant as young as five months of age. Fortunately, kittens as young as two months and weighing two pounds can be safely altered. If you can’t afford to spay/neuter your cat, click here to see if you qualify for our free spay/neuter grant program.
  2. Help AWL during kitten season
    Donate critical kitten season supplies including kitten milk replacer (KMR), bottles, and heating pads – click here for our Amazon wish list
  3. Care for homeless or feral (not tame) cats in your neighborhood
    Call the county Animal Control at 410-758-2393 or Tom Cat Solutions at 410-822-1496 to help manage your neighborhood's feral and stray cat populations.
  4. Become a kitten foster parent 
    AWL is in great need of kitten fosters – kitten fosters take shelter kittens into their homes to care for them until they’re about 8 weeks of age and can be safely spay/neutered/vaccinated and put up for adoption.
    AWL provides fosters with the food, litter, and other supplies they need to care for the kittens. The goal is to have the kittens in a home environment where they can socialize with people while they grow. 
    Contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to learn more about becoming a foster parent for cats or kittens in need or click here
  5. Adopt a cat
    Open your home to new cat or adopt a playmate for your existing pets. Check out Our Adoptables to meet our sweet feline friends!

** Adapted from the Humane Society of the United States


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