FeLV does not infect humans or other animals but is highly contagious to cats. To protect their other cats, Kaufeld told Lockwood and Trumbull, Sasha could not go home with them.
Kaufeld explained that the cost of palliative care and the difficulty of keeping a cat out of contact with other cats led most owners to choose euthanasia. But then the veterinarian told the couple about a Superior Township shelter where FeLV cats live out their days in safety and comfort with shelter, food, medical care, and affection. She cautioned that it was probably full, but she would call to see if Sasha could join the other infected cats.
Lockwood and Trumbull were devastated at the news, and angry at the fate that Sasha's owner had dealt her--Lockwood suspects she was "attacked by an infected feral or abandoned cat while seeking shelter or food." But they found some comfort when they learned that room would be made at Leuk's Landing for their feline friend.
Leona Foster founded Leuk's Landing five years ago. She says the feline hospice--one of only about twenty in the country catering to FeLV cats--is her way of doing something a little more meaningful with her life than working at her successful market research company and playing golf.