The cats of Colorado Springs are doing their part to save lives across the country.
Local animal blood bank, HemoSolutions, started a program called Second Chance Feline Adoption in 2009. They adopt cats from humane societies that are at risk of being euthanized, essentially saving their lives, says Ashley Phelps, HemoSolution's blood drive coordinator.
The cats are eligible to donate for 18 months and then are up for adoption for no charge to loving families that are willing to take in their life-saving furry tails. Currently, 17 cats are available for adoption.
According to Phelps, extensive blood work is done on the cats to make sure they don't have any communicable diseases. At times, they find a cat that tests positive for something, such as FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus), which makes that cat ineligible to donate.
"It doesn’t mean they're sick; it doesn’t mean that they're gonna get sick in the future," said Phelps, "It's gonna make them that much harder to adopt out. People hear that they’re positive for something and they don’t want to adopt them."
However, what Phelps calls the "double-edged sword" is the fact that the blood work done at HemoSolutions is not done at the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region.
HemoSolutions ships its ethically-collected products nationwide as well as supplying local clinics and veterinary practices.
For more information please visit HemoSolution's website at hemosolutions.com.