Special Needs
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Millions of cats and dogs are put to death across the US due to age or illness. Petopia Animal Rescue is a no kill organization and we want to find homes for special needs or older animals too. If you have the love in your heart and patience to care for a cat or dog with special needs or a senior, Petopia has a program to help you.

Petopia is a multi-rescue adoption center and we partner with rescue organizations to meet their needs in the community. Our no-kill policy means that every cat or dog should find a home and not be put at a special sanctuary or put to death just because it is old or has special requirements. Many of these animals are housed in off-site facilities but are available for viewing by appointment. We’re happy to send biographies and pictures.

This program allows a person 55+ to adopt a senior animal (9+ years) at an adoption discount

  • When senior pets are adopted, they know they’ve been rescued, and are all the more thankful for it.
  • A senior pet’s personality has already developed, so you’ll know if he or she is a good fit for your family.
  • Senior cats are already litter trained and are less likely to “forget” where the box is.
  • Research tells us that pet, can help improve our physical and mental health. By adopting and spending time with a animal friend, you can lowered stress levels, blood pressure and reduce depression
  • Cats and dogs provide friendship and open opportunities for interacting with others
  • Senior animals are often gentler, calmer companionship, and often are already trained
  • Senior pets are often content to just relax in your company, and make great napping buddies.
  • Senior cats are some of the hardest to find homes for – so when you adopt a senior cat, you are truly saving a life.

Seniors for Seniors adoption program is all about senior humans rediscovering the joys of having a cat or dog in their lives.


For 30+ years humans have fought against AIDs discrimination. FIV – Feline Immunodeficiency Virus is the cat world’s version of HIV. The decades of human phobia has passed that stigma on to cats and the fear of the unknown is just a lack of good information. Testing FIV positive is not a death sentence. With proper care cats labeled FIV+ can live long, healthy, happy lives.

FIV+ cats do not have to be isolated. Many people live with cats infected with FIV together with cats who are not. In fact if asymptomatic and healthy they can be co-mingled with non FIV+ cats as long as they do not fight or mate they will not spread the virus. It is extremely important that the cat be spayed / neutered and kept indoors to prevent exposure to illness and decrease risk of spread to other cats. For an FIV positive cat to transfer the virus to another cat, there has to be blood to blood transmission. For this to occur there would have to be a deep scratch or bite wound where both cats bleed and the FIV infected blood enters the non-FIV infected cats’ body. A playful nip or light scratch from an FIV positive cat to another cat will not transmit FIV.

There is now also a vaccine to help protect cats from FIV, (however it does not provide complete immunization and spay / neuter is always strongly recommended as the best protection against FIV).

FIV is not a death sentence, it simply means adjusting your cat’s life style to support him or her to live with this virus. Through appropriate vet treatment and loving care an FIV positive cat can lead a long and happy life.

With the increasing prevalence of diabetes in cats, more owners are discovering that their pets are afflicted with this very manageable health condition. If left untreated, diabetes can drastically lessen your pet’s quality of life and shorten its lifespan. It is very important to see your veterinarian immediately if you suspect that your pet has diabetes.

Fortunately, diabetes can be treated and does not mean a death sentence for your beloved pet. By working with your veterinarian, your pet can continue to live a long and healthy life.

Each diabetic responds differently to different therapies. Some are easier to regulate; others require more complex types of treatment. Some can be treated successfully through changes in diet and with oral medications. With more severe diabetes, insulin injections may be required for the remainder of their lives.

In general, treatment for diabetes falls into three categories:

  • Insulin injections
  • Oral hypoglycemic medications
  • Diet

Perhaps you are diabetic or know a diabetic and can relate to their challenges and how they meet them. Won’t you help an animal with the same challenge live a longer, healthier, happy life?

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