These sweet FIV-positive pals are a package deal

By People Staff
Updated December 08, 2009 04:45 AM
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For every pet living with a happy family, there is an animal in a shelter waiting to find a forever home. So today, we want you to meet Baby White Tie and Jumpin Jack, young cats with FIV (feline immunodeficiency virus) who continuously cuddle at Angels With Paws in Lakewood, Colo.

Baby White Tie and Jumpin Jack came to the shelter more than six months ago, according to director Jean Ausenbaugh. Despite their medical condition (which is transmitted through deep bite wounds and scratches from an affected cat), the kitties don’t require any special medication and are healthy. “They could live for two years, or 22 years,” Ausenbaugh tells PEOPLE Pets. “They just need the proper love and care.”

Though not related, the two cats have taken to each other – tuxedo cat Baby White Tie “needs to snuggle with another cat,” and laid-back tabby Jumpin Jack always welcomes him with open arms. “They really are a riot to watch since they are always cuddling,” says Ausenbaugh. For that reason, the shelter would prefer they are adopted together. While FIV-positive cats are not contagious to dogs, they should not go to a home that currently contains FIV-free cats.

Ausenbaugh founded Angels With Paws in 2004 after purchasing a vacant Denver-area restaurant and renovating it in the fall of 2003. Since opening the shelter, she and her volunteers have saved more than 3,000 cats and kittens. The cage-free facility utilizes fostering for its animals, keeping them in private homes until they’re ready for adoption. Ausenbaugh eventually hopes to build a sanctuary in Colorado for cats to wait for adoptive homes or live out their lives in a safe, happy environment.

Angels With Paws is always in need of donations, so visit their Web site for information on how you can help. If you live in the Denver metro area, be sure to check out their garage sale on Aug. 29 & 30!