Julian is a nine year old grey and white American Shorthair mix tabby boy who has had a very sad, hard life. He spent his first year happily living indoors with his sister Flora. Then their family moved and abandoned both cats outside on Maple Street in Madison, just north of Nashville, TN. At six years old, a kind neighbor befriended Flora and let her have a litter of kittens in his garage. I rescued Flora and her kittens Whisper and Shadow. The neighbor adopted her Russian Blue kitten.
Their two year old son, Jonathan, followed me the mile from where they had lived all the way back to my house and kept peeping in the window and meowing at Flora and the kittens. So I took him to the vet and he came back positive for feline AIDS. Luckily Nashville Cat Rescue was able to foster him and eventually find him a home.
I spent a week trying to catch Julian but he was far too shy and wary to go anywhere near my trap. After that I did not see him at all for three years.
About two weeks ago, I spotted Julian while walking my dogs and told him to just keep walking till he got to my porch, and if he was hungry, that there would be food there. I saw him in the same place he had been three years ago, approximately one mile from Healing Hearts.
Later that same day, I was astonished to find Julian standing on my front porch in front of the empty food dish, glaring at me indignantly. So I quickly filled the food dish and he has been eating from it every night since then.
The attached picture was taken the first time Julian came to the front porch and stood right up against our glass front door, looking pitiful and miserable. His face is criss-crossed with scratches and scars, both old and new, some of them still open and oozing. Julian moves slowly, like the old cat that he is, but that puts him in danger from speeding cars.
Sadly feline AIDS is rampant on Maple Street with nearly every stray and feral male infected. With all of his battle scars, Julian has a very high chance of being FIV positive. Feline leukemia is also a problem on Maple Street and with his open wounds, Julian could well have both diseases by this point.
But unfortunately Healing Hearts does not have the funds to help Julian at this time. So we are seeking donations to help poor Julian. It will cost $130 to have him tested for AIDS and leukemia, neutered, basic shots, and flea medication. Treatment of his wounds may cost more. Donations may be mailed to 235 Maple St, Madison, TN 37115. Checks should be made out to Joy Austin and please indicate that your donation is for Julian. Donations online can be made through PayPal at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Julian began his life as a pampered house cat and is hoping to end his life as a house cat again. He keeps coming up to our glass screen door and looking inside hopefully. If he tests positive for leukemia, we can foster him in isolation with Peter, our leukemia-positive kitten. If he tests positive for FIV, we can foster him in isolation until we find him a placement. If he tests positive for both illnesses, then he can at least be given the gentle ending of euthanasia instead of the slow painful death of illness and infection in his old age.