FIV+ Kitty Finds Forever Love in Spite of Stigma

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Photo Credits: Lise Greil Photography for Humane Society of Indianapolis

The Humane Society of Indianapolis has earned a name for themselves as a result of their work with FIV+ kitties and their success in getting them adopted. Kiba’s story is one of these happy tales:

In August of 2013, a stray by the name of Kiba was surrendered to the Humane Society of Indianapolis. Kiba was not your average stray and quickly became a staff and volunteer favorite due to his sweet, easy-going personality and super affectionate nature.

When he was behavior tested at the shelter, IndyHumane staff discovered that he had a very sweet personality and got along well with both people and other cats!

However, there was one hurdle that could potentially stand in the way of finding him the perfect home-it turned out that Kiba is FIV positive.

This means that Kiba has Feline Immunodeficiency Virus. Not all shelters place FIV+ cats, but IndyHumane’s vets believe that cats like Kiba deserve a loving home since they can still live a long, normal life with proper veterinary care.

Kiba lived in the free-roaming FIV+ cat room at IndyHumane, as well as in an administrative office, until he was scooped up by a loving family and adopted in September 2013.

His new family discussed the transition into their home:

“He has settled well at home. He is very playful and active-especially with his favorite toy-a wand with three soft toys on the end. He is also affectionate and sweet. He is always following us around the house and gives us kisses by rubbing his face along our jaw and nose and purrs whenever he is held or given scratches on the chin.

Photo Credits: Lisa Greil Photography for Humane Society of Indiana
Photo Credits: Lise Greil Photography for Humane Society of Indianapolis

He’s curious about what we are doing and is constantly going into any open door, cabinets, closets and even the freezer! He gets along really well with our other cat; they are always chasing each other and wrestling. He is the first to come running into the room when someone comes home or someone new comes over. He loves people and is happy for all the attention.

He could not be a better cat and companion. He is a great addition to our family. We are really happy that we had the opportunity to adopt him and that IndyHumane works to adopt FIV+ cats, as we adopted a wonderful pet who may have not had a chance at another shelter.”

You can scroll down to view a video of Kiba and the other work that the Humane Society of Indianapolis does with FIV+ kitties.


The Humane Society of Indianapolis is a leading voice for the welfare of animals and improving their quality of life. They are a private, nonprofit organization, providing vital services to animals and people alike through sheltering and adopting animals, providing positive reinforcement behavior training for both adoptable animals and for owned animals through their public training classes and outreach through their community and shelter programs. Their animals don’t have an expiration date and there is no predetermined time limit for how long they can remain on the adoption floor. They never put an animal down for space, time or length of stay.

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