"The shelter tries to get pregnant cats or those with nursing kittens into foster homes as soon as possible to reduce the risk that they will get ill," Collins explained.
But after Chloe was admitted to the shelter, she had a serious health scare.
As is routine for new cats, Chloe was tested for feline leukemia virus (FeLV) and feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV). "To everyone's surprise and dismay, her snap test came up very, very slightly positive for FeLV," Collins said. "Most rescues wouldn't be willing to take her if she was indeed FeLV positive because almost all foster homes have cats of their own."
If Chloe was sick, she could get the other cats sick too.