Meet Banks-FIV+
Animal ID 49563598 
Species Cat 
Breed Siamese/Mix 
Age 4 years 11 months 11 days 
Gender Male 
Size Medium 
Color Cream/Brown 
Declawed No 
Housetrained Unknown 
Site Lakeland Animal Shelter 
Location Colony 
Intake Date 2/9/2022 
Hi. My name is Banks and I'm almost 5 years old. I'm one of three Siamese-mix cats in the FIV colony. Many people that come into the adoption room look at me and think, "Oh, he's so handsome." But when they come to see me, I run away and hide. Before I came to the shelter, I spent my whole life in a home that was... well not good. There were a lot, I mean a lot, of cats and we didn't get enough positive human interaction, so we never learned to trust. LAS is the first place I've ever felt safe. When I think about getting adopted, I know that I will need 1) another cat in the home, 2) a home that's quiet and calm, and finally 3) people who are experienced with cats like me. My dream would be that my new family plays with me everyday and gives me canned cat food too! I have a best friend here, Chesney. She's brave and loves to be pet. Maybe she could come home with me? I've made gains with people here, but moving to a new place will be traumatic, so my new family will have to know that it will take me a good while to recover. So, that's me emotionally. Physically, I have something called *FIV (feline immunodeficiency virus). That means I have a reduced immune system. Being POS-FIV, my adopters will just have to take super great care of me, like having nutritious food and 2X year vet visits. FIV positive cats can live long lives with a bit of extra care. I hope you are the person that will give me a forever home. Please come to LAS and talk to the staff about adopting me. I'll be in the Teal adoption room waiting for you!

*LAS routinely checks for FIV, as it is a common virus found in cats living outdoors. All of the cats in the Teal adoption room have tested positive for FIV. You cannot catch FIV, and you can't spread it. FIV is only transmitted by blood from one feline to another.