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Adoptable Special: Meet Fallon

Fallon arrived at Chicago Animal Care and Control as a young stray. He was a friendly guy from the start and clearly had previous experience with people. Fortunately, he lucked out and soon moved from a cage at CACC to a foster home through Friends of Chicago Animal Care and Control.

This handsome three-year-old, FIV positive guy is playful, charismatic, energetic and affectionate and would make a perfect playmate for another young, active kitty. Fallon loves to climb and explore and occasionally also slows down for some cuddle time. He currently shares a foster home with several other cats and two dogs and does well.

Friends of Chicago Animal Care and Control is a foster-based organization. They host weekend adoption events at PetCo and other off-site locations. Because Fallon is FIV positive, he is unable to participate in some of these events. Unfortunately, there are still many misconceptions about FIV despite growing evidence that they can live long, healthy lives and present no risk to cats, humans, or other animals.

Fallon has been in his current foster home for two years. He’s your basic perfect cat and would have certainly been adopted long ago if not for his FIV status.

Adopting a cat with FIV in a home with cats

The Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) was first found in 1987. It is similar to the human virus, HIV, which attacks the immune system. The virus is passed by saliva in the form of a deep bite wound and sexual interaction. FIV can only be passed from feline to feline. Humans and other animals are not at risk of infection. Unlike Feline Leukemia (FeLV), the FIV virus is rendered inactive the minute it touches the air. This means that sharing food and water bowls as well as normal grooming is not a concern.

FIV cats should receive two wellness exams per year. A full blood panel and urinalysis is recommended annually. If your cat shows sign of illness or infection, visit your veterinarian as soon as possible – the quicker the infection is treated, the better. Always keep your cat indoors and as stress free as possible. For more information on Fallon, check out his profile here. You can also follow FCACC on Facebook.

Update: Boots, the FIV cat we featured in June, is also still waiting for a home …


  1. Bouncing Bertie
    July 18, 2016 / 7:40 am

    Fallon is most certainly a handsome guy. And that was a very informative post – well done for highlighting the facts, rather than the myths, about FIV. We do hope he finds a good permanent home soon.Cheers, Gail (and Bertie).

  2. Yamini MacLean
    July 18, 2016 / 8:01 am

    Hari OMDitto Bertie and Gail's comment! Paws crossed. YAM xx

  3. Suzanne Dunaway
    July 18, 2016 / 8:10 am

    Oh, thank you for the information about FIV. Mama takes me to the vet twice a year and I stay indoors except for in France where my garden is enclosed and no cats can come in or I'll tear their throats out….just kidding, I wouldn't hurt a flea. Well…maybe a flea. Love, Loulou

  4. Mark Muller
    July 18, 2016 / 8:16 am

    We hope for the bestest of the best home for this cute feline friend… and we will share your post, to help Fallon to find his furever home :o)

  5. Bev Green
    July 18, 2016 / 8:56 am

    We know FIV kitties can live safely with humans and other kitties and animals..our boy did and lived a good lifem.good luck sweet one..Fozziemum xx

  6. Bev Green
    July 18, 2016 / 8:56 am

    Oh..and sharing 🙂

  7. Bev Green
    July 18, 2016 / 8:56 am

    Oh..and sharing 🙂

  8. Molly and Mackie
    July 18, 2016 / 9:28 am

    What a handsome kitty!

  9. Gattina
    July 18, 2016 / 9:36 am

    Good luck ! Such a beautiful cat !

  10. Emma
    July 18, 2016 / 10:33 am

    Fallon is one handsome looking boy, but we are not doing boy cats anymore. Male cats for us have been nothing but trouble, so from now on, only girls will be adopted, if and when we want another feline. Hope Fallon finds a good home as he deserves one.

  11. Julie
    July 18, 2016 / 11:26 am

    A very interesting post, I do hope Fallon finds a for ever and ever home soonLoves and licky kissesPrincess Leah xxx

  12. Sweet William The Scot
    July 18, 2016 / 2:11 pm

    I never googled FIV to see if it was transferable to dogs. I am glad for the fact that it is not. So many kitties need homes and Fallon looks like a sweetie.Thanks for being a friendSweet William The Scot

  13. Three Chatty Cats
    July 18, 2016 / 5:20 pm

    It's sad that Fallon hasn't been adopted for so long, but it's also wonderful that he's in a foster home instead of a shelter. He is quite the handsome dude!

  14. Dragonheart, Merlin, and Devi
    July 18, 2016 / 5:43 pm

    We hope that Fallon and Boots find wonderful forever homes.Thank you so much for celebrating my 10th Birthday with me! Purrs, Dragonheart

  15. Random Felines
    July 18, 2016 / 6:17 pm

    he is adorable….we certainly wish more people knew more about FIV and would adopt these cats (sharing too)

  16. Valerie
    July 18, 2016 / 7:04 pm

    I hope you find your forever home soon 🙁 !! It breaks my heart to know how many pets are still looking for their forever home 🙁

  17. da tabbies o trout towne
    July 18, 2016 / 9:15 pm

    fallon….ewe iz one handsum dood for sure; we send de best oh flounder friez & mackerull that ya finds… & yur IN yur for everz… bye de end oh thiz month……de veree veree best two ewe ♥♥♥♥♥

  18. pilch92 15andmeowing
    July 18, 2016 / 11:22 pm

    Fallon is so handsome, I hope he gets his forever home soon.

  19. Idaho PugRanch
    July 18, 2016 / 11:46 pm

    He is a handsome boy – we do hope he finds his forever homehugsMr Bailey, Hazel & Mabel

  20. The Island Cats
    July 19, 2016 / 1:27 am

    What a handsome guy Fallon is. We hope someone will give him a chance. There are a number of FIV+ kitties at the shelter the mom volunteers at and it makes the mom SO happy when one is adopted. In just the 2 months since the mom started volunteering, 3 or 4 have found furever homes!

  21. Tweedles -- that's me
    July 19, 2016 / 1:55 am

    Such a pretty kittylovetweedles

  22. meowmeowmans
    July 19, 2016 / 2:57 am

    Fallon is a super handsome dude, and we're purring he finds his forever home soon. FIV cats rock. We've had quite a few of them adopted from PAWS over the years, and most have lived long, happy lives. 🙂

  23. Sammy Sam
    July 19, 2016 / 3:00 am

    He looks great and it would be nice if he found a good home.

    July 19, 2016 / 7:14 am

    What a gorgeous cat Fallon is! 😀 Hope he gets adopted soon to a loving home where he can be healthy and happy forever! <3

  25. Madi and Mom
    July 19, 2016 / 10:56 am

    Fallon my handsome mancat friend you we send you a ton of purrs and kitty hugs that you find your furever home very soon. OMCs your facial markings are 100% symmetrical what and your eyes.Hugs madi your bfff

  26. The Menagerie Mom
    July 19, 2016 / 12:12 pm

    I love this new approach you're taking, feature adoptable furbabies. How wonderful!Fallon is so very handsome. I truly wish people knew that FIV is not even remotely a death sentence for a kitty. I used to work at a cat clinic, and I knew many FIV kitties, and they all lived normal, happy lives. What's more, they were always some of the sweetest, most affectionate kitties I ever met.Thank you for sharing this wonderful boy Fallon with us!

  27. tubby3pug
    July 19, 2016 / 3:20 pm

    lovely eyes

  28. Brian
    July 19, 2016 / 6:25 pm

    Fallon is such a sweetie and we sure hope home comes calling soon.

  29. Momma Kat and Her Bear Cat
    July 24, 2016 / 8:18 pm

    Fallon is so handsome! I hope he finds his forever home soon!

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