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2489 Albany Post Road | Walden, NY 12586

845-778-5115

Cats with Feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV)

Feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) is closely related to the human immunodeficiency virus HIV and affects between 2.5% to 4.4% of cats worldwide. A FIV diagnosis is not necessarily fatal for cats – they can live relatively long and healthy lives as carriers and transmitters of the disease for many years.

Humane Society of Walden's FIV+ cats

Our FIV+ cats are all healthy and beautiful and are some of the most loving, affectionate cats we have ever met – but most of them have been waiting a long time to be adopted, just because people who don’t know any better are afraid of the virus they carry. Please consider adopting one of these wonderful cats! If you meet them, you will fall in love!

All fees are waived to approved adopters.

Adoption Application

How Is FIV Transmitted?

FIV transmission typically spreads when an infected cat bites an uninfected cat hard enough to break the skin. Another, less common mode of transmission is from an FIV-infected mother cat to her kitten. FIV does not seem to be commonly spread through sharing food bowls and litter boxes, social grooming, sneezing and other casual modes of contact.

What Are the Symptoms of FIV?

FIV+ cats may not exhibit symptoms until years after the initial infection occurred. While the virus can be slow-acting, a cat’s immune system is severely weakened. This makes the cat vulnerable to other infections with bacteria, fungi, and parasites.

After the initial infection, the cat is often completely asymptomatic for many years. Infected cats who receive supportive medical care and are kept in a stress-free, indoor environment can live relatively comfortable lives for months to years before the disease reaches its chronic stages.

In the event that your cat is exhibiting symptoms you should contact your veterinarian.

  • Enlarged lymph nodes
  • Fever
  • Anemia
  • Weight loss
  • Disheveled coat
  • Poor appetite
  • Diarrhea
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Inflammation of the gums (gingivitis)
  • Sneezing
  • Dental disease
  • Behavior change
  • Skin redness or hair loss
  • Wounds that don’t heal
  • Discharge from eyes or nose
  • Inflammation of the mouth (stomatitis)
  • Frequent urination, straining to urinate or urinating outside of litter box

Upcoming Events

Jul
18
Thu
9:00 am Indoor Yard Sale @ Humane Society of Walden NY
Indoor Yard Sale @ Humane Society of Walden NY
Jul 18 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Indoor Yard Sale @ Humane Society of Walden NY | Walden | NY | United States
Come shop our Yard Sale room, there’s something for everyone! All proceeds benefit the cats and dogs in our care. We accept donations on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10:30 am -1:00 pm. Except Holidays.[...]
Jul
20
Sat
10:00 am HSW Kids Club @Tractor Supply @ Tractor Supply Co.
HSW Kids Club @Tractor Supply @ Tractor Supply Co.
Jul 20 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
HSW Kids Club @Tractor Supply @ Tractor Supply Co. | Pine Bush | NY | United States
Join us for Kids Club, for kids by kids! This FREE event is being held at Tractor Supply in Pine Bush. It’s geared toward participants ages 2 -12, while supplies last. Parents must stay on[...]
Jul
21
Sun
12:00 pm Volunteer Orientation @ Humane Society of Walden NY
Volunteer Orientation @ Humane Society of Walden NY
Jul 21 @ 12:00 pm – 12:00 pm
Volunteer Orientation @ Humane Society of Walden NY | Walden | NY | United States
Volunteers make everything we do possible. Let us know your interests and availability, and we will find a volunteer position that is right for you. Grooming, socializing with the animals, practicing basic commands with dogs,[...]
Jul
22
Mon
1:00 pm Sundae’s on Mondays @ Duffy's
Sundae’s on Mondays @ Duffy's
Jul 22 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Sundae's on Mondays @ Duffy's | Montgomery | NY | United States
Every Monday, weather permitting, from 1 – 2 PM, HSW volunteers and staff, will caravan our adoptable dogs to Duffy’s (94 Clinton Street, Montgomery) for an ice cream treat. Stop by and see us. Have[...]
Jul
24
Wed
6:30 pm Music in the Grove
Music in the Grove
Jul 24 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Music in the Grove
Music in the Grove is back this Summer. We’ll be there so stop by our table and say hello. We’ll have t-shirts, raffle tickets and other goodies for sale. 7/10 (HSW won’t be attending) –[...]

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About Us

The Humane Society of Walden is a no-kill, non-profit safe haven dedicated to helping stray and abandoned cats and dogs. Our animal shelter serves the communities of Montgomery, Walden, Maybrook, Crawford, Wawarsing, Shawangunk, and Mamakating, but will not turn away pets from across the country in need.

Contact Us

Humane Society of Walden
2489 Albany Post Road
Walden, New York 12586

845-778-5115

Upcoming Events

Jul
18
Thu
9:00 am Indoor Yard Sale @ Humane Society of Walden NY
Indoor Yard Sale @ Humane Society of Walden NY
Jul 18 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Indoor Yard Sale @ Humane Society of Walden NY | Walden | NY | United States
Come shop our Yard Sale room, there’s something for everyone! All proceeds benefit the cats and dogs in our care. We accept donations on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10:30 am -1:00 pm. Except Holidays.[...]
Jul
20
Sat
10:00 am HSW Kids Club @Tractor Supply @ Tractor Supply Co.
HSW Kids Club @Tractor Supply @ Tractor Supply Co.
Jul 20 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
HSW Kids Club @Tractor Supply @ Tractor Supply Co. | Pine Bush | NY | United States
Join us for Kids Club, for kids by kids! This FREE event is being held at Tractor Supply in Pine Bush. It’s geared toward participants ages 2 -12, while supplies last. Parents must stay on[...]
Jul
21
Sun
12:00 pm Volunteer Orientation @ Humane Society of Walden NY
Volunteer Orientation @ Humane Society of Walden NY
Jul 21 @ 12:00 pm – 12:00 pm
Volunteer Orientation @ Humane Society of Walden NY | Walden | NY | United States
Volunteers make everything we do possible. Let us know your interests and availability, and we will find a volunteer position that is right for you. Grooming, socializing with the animals, practicing basic commands with dogs,[...]

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