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Simon and Theo's Cross-Country Trek to Escape Euthanasia

Simon and Theodore traveled 800 miles from West Monroe, Louisiana, to find refuge at Paws and Claws Cat Rescue in Evanston, Illinois. These two are just 10 months old and have feline leukemia virus (FeLV), a disease that compromises a cat’s immune system and shortens their lifespan.



Some shelters euthanize just by that diagnosis alone. The fact that there were two of them, there’s no doubt that they would’ve been euthanized if we didn’t take them in. The continuous support from Paw Print Club made it an obvious decision to take in Simon and Theo, despite them being across the country.


We knew that it would take longer to find them a home. It’s already difficult to find homes for adult bonded pairs, so it’s even harder to find a home for a feline leukemia-positive pair. We didn’t let that deter us from taking them in.


FeLV is contagious only among felines, so humans and other species cannot contract the virus. Therefore, it's best for cats that have tested positive for FeLV to only be in a home with other FeLV-positive cats.



We wouldn’t be able to continue our work without Paw Print Club’s support. Become a Paw Print Club member today and help us continue to rescue more bonded duos like Simon and Theo. Every time we rescue, treat, and rehome a cat, you’ll know that you've had a hand in their journey, making our membership program a truly life-affirming experience.


Make a reservation to visit Simon and Theo at 829 Chicago Ave, Evanston, IL 60202. Adoption forms for them are available online.

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