WILTON, Conn. — Sammy, a handsome and loving black cat with special needs living at Wilton’s Animals in Distress, is patiently waiting for a family to bring him into their home.
Described as a gentle giant with a loving demeanor, Sammy — who is FIV positive, but otherwise healthy— has been a resident at the no-kill cat shelter for the past two years, while many of his feline friends have been adopted.
“He is a strong boy and has been able to handle shelter life, but we fear that if he stays much longer, it will start to take its toll on his health,” shelter organizers said. “Sammy is a big, loving and gentle soul — there is not a more gentle soul around than this big guy. He just needs someone to take a chance on him and be surprised with all the love and devotion he will shower on them.”
Sammy was found wandering the streets with his kitten friend Charlie. The two arrived at the shelter together, but Charlie was adopted long ago. Shelter organizers worry Sammy is being overlooked not only because of his FIV status, but also because he is a black cat.
“We are hoping that the right person is out there, not afraid to love and give a home to an FIV positive cat,” Animals in Distress organizers said. “We're hoping that person just hasn't come through our doors yet, and that once they do, they will fall in love — like all of us have — with this gentle giant.”
Sammy, described as having a silky-smooth coat, is said to get along very well with other cats. He is neutered, up-to-date on routine shots and house trained.
Cats with FIV can live long, normal lives, according to shelter organizers.
“They can also live in harmony with [other cats] and cannot pass the FIV virus to other cats, unless through a deep bite,” shelter organizers said.
Anyone interested in meeting Sammy can do so Saturdays from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Animals in Distress headquarters, 238 Danbury Road, behind Wilton Town Hall. Appointments can also be made anytime during the week by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 203-762-2006.
The adoption fee is $100 and applications are required. Adoption applications and more information are available on the Animals in Distress website.
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