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Boo is a New York City street cat. He likely belonged to a family who moved or decided they no longer needed a cat and turned him out on the streets thinking he would fare well on his own. Fortunately for Boo, he happened upon the doorstep of ... More ...

Boo is a New York City street cat. He likely belonged to a family who moved or decided they no longer needed a cat and turned him out on the streets thinking he would fare well on his own.

Fortunately for Boo, he happened upon the doorstep of Elliott Robinson, an animal rescue volunteer with The Artemis Project. Boo's initial meanness was likely a defense mechanism against the harsh city streets. He was soon discovered to be sweet and in need of love and attention, perhaps even more so than the food Elliott was providing.

After gaining Boo's friendship and trust Elliott decided it was time to bring him to Lincoln Square Vet Hospital. Boo would be examined, neutered and brought up to date on shots. If he was deemed fit for it, he might even be placed on the adoption list and find a new loving home. That was our hope.

The check-up was timed well as Elliott noticed that Boo seemed a bit under the weather and his stomach was distended.The exam showed he had an upper respiratory infection, which explained his sneezing and mucus laden nose. But worse, Boo tested positive for feline leukemia.

This is a fatal disease for cats and is highly contagious to other cats. Sadly, he probably contracted it while roaming the streets. Feline leukemia results in an incredibly compromised immune system. The death rate is not at all in the cat's favor.

Boo's only hope was to find someone without cats to take him in and incur the inevitable medical bills, or find a sanctuary catering specifically to cats with this disease. Many sanctuaries like this are at capacity or require steep fees for admittance.

The Artemis team got to work brain storming ideas for Boo and calling sanctuaries. But after little luck and much deliberation and consultation with the vet, it seemed the best decision was to relieve his suffering by euthanizing him. A very tough and heart-breaking decision to make for a cat of only 4-5 years who we had hoped was finally getting his big break.

The day before Boo was scheduled to be put down, we received a return phone call from Aslan, a cat sanctuary in Verbank, NY for leukemia positive cats. They have an opening and are willing to take Boo on. After preparing to say goodbye to this cutie, we were all relieved that Aslan came through.

Since he has been responding well to the tretment for his URI, we decided to give him a shot at living out the rest of his life in the comfort of a loving home where he can roam indoors and out with other cats like him.  Plus he will receive all the medical attention he needs from onsite specialists.

The admission fee for Boo is $1500. We are trying to raise the money to secure his spot. We would greatly appreciate ANY gift great or small for Boo's cause. Thank you for helping us give him a chance for a brighter future!

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