After raising the two kittens by hand for months, I learned during a vet appointment that they tested positive for Feline Leukemia, or FELV. I was so attached to them that I couldn’t fathom giving them up just because they had a disease, so I kept them. It soon became apparent that there was a great need for someone in the area to foster FELV cats. Since Whiskers is the only shelter in the area that takes in FELV cats, that the need was greater than one the shelter could handle. So, for nearly 10 years, I’ve taken in and loved over 40 cats with this disease. Some have lived many years, and some sadly lived for only months or weeks.
In my early years of fostering, I quickly became interested in the medical aspects of animal care. So, in 2006 I applied for a job at a local Veterinary Hospital and quickly moved up to being a Veterinary Assistant, where I picked upon a variety of medical skills and knowledge. However, it was a difficult job to deal with emotionally. There were a lot of great aspects to the job, but unfortunately too many sad ones. So after 6 years, I left the job to do something else. After working a few non-animal related jobs, I decided I missed doing animal work. So in the summer of 2013, the idea for Capital Pawsitting was born.