Meet Big Papi. This handsome boy arrived at TJO in April. He had been trapped in a humane trap in an area of Springfield that has a colony of free-roaming, breeding cats. As part of TJO’s efforts to bring that under control, along with Big Papi, several nursing cats and kittens were brought in also.
The staff at TJO suspected Big Papi was the daddy and grand-daddy to many of the cats that were brough in with him. He arrived loaded with ticks, fleas, and had significant dental problems, and, unfortunately, a cat disease called feline immunodeficiency virus--FIV.
The staff treated his parasites, neutered him and provided a much needed dental with several extractions. While FIV positive cats often live full, long lives, it can be a barrier to quick adoption. Despite being a huggable, loveable, large cat, Big Papi spent five months up for adoption, looking for his purrfect match. Big Papi never doubted that his furever family would find him, and guess what? On August 11. 2015, it happened. Papi was adopted by a great family and now has his very own little boy as a best pal. Pictured below is Big Papi with his new human best friend.