FIV positive cat escaped euthanizing, lived full life

July 9, 2013

The rest of the story can now be told. In 1997, The Issaquah Press reported on Pepe, a young cat infected with feline immunodeficiency virus.

The cat was brought to Meadows Cat Hospital to be euthanized, and Dr. Dave Loehndorf couldn’t bring himself to do it. He kept talking to clients about it, hoping someone would volunteer to take the animal.

He finally found a willing volunteer to adopt Pepe in Carolyn Petro. She renamed the cat Pablo and he lived with her to the ripe old cat age of 17. He died March 20.

By Greg Farrar On June 27, Carolyn Petro holds her cat Ernesto, who continues to live with FIV in her Bellevue home after Pablo, who lived with FIV his whole life, died of old age at 17.

By Greg Farrar
On June 27, Carolyn Petro holds her cat Ernesto, who continues to live with FIV in her Bellevue home after Pablo, who lived with FIV his whole life, died of old age at 17.

Petro said at the time she agreed to adopt Pablo, they had a cat that had just died. Loehndorf told her he knew she had a home that did not let cats outside and asked if she would take the cat.

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