In every aspect of our lives we see stigmas. They have been created by fear, misconception and misinformation.
stig·ma noun \ˈstig-mə\ a set of negative and often unfair beliefs that a society or group of people have about something
Now just think about that for a moment. Think about the stigmas that people have that can be deadly to some of the animals that find themselves in a shelter.
One such stigma, in this very modern world of ours, is that black cats are considered bad luck. They are the last to be adopted and the first to be euthanized when they find themselves in a shelter . It’s suprising where this myth began, and interesting how it’s been perpetuated through the centuries of time . Even more suprising, our difficulty in overcoming the myth.
Picture: BekBek Estes Text: Teresa Harrison Best
Our focus here is to dispel the stigma that FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus) is a deadly and highly contagious disease. Like black cats, FIV cats are often left behind. In some cases, a diagnosis of FIV is an automatic death sentence to a shelter cat. In this very modern world of ours we have the ability to call to us so much information. Indeed, it’s right at our fingertips. So why are FIV+ cats still ostracized and killed? Because the ‘stigma’ of disease holds sway. How do we stop it? We educate ourselves and others. We can begin with three simple truths. These truths need to be made known. 
TRUTH: FIV is not a serious threat to other cats, pets, or even humans.
TRUTH: FIV+ cats can live long, happy, fulfilling and healthy lives.
TRUTH: FIV+ cats can live safely with NON FIV cats.
In a post on the Imagine Home page  we had several comments from people that are owned by FIV+ cats that live happily alongside their NON FIV housemates. Two such posts:
::Rita S Benlolo “I have 4 of them and they live among my other non fiv kitties. They are all fixed and get along peacefully.”
::Patty Shabrou “I only have one FIV+ kitty, but just try telling all four of mine that they shouldn’t be living together. They play together, wrestle, romp, chase moths, eat and sleep together. Where one goes, they all go.”
Let us together help spread the word and save the lives of FIV+ cats. Please click on the links below. You will find them very informative.