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Gimme’ Shelter – Toby needs a special home

Hi! I’m Toby and I’m 2 to 3 years old, and I’ve been through a lot but you’d never know because I’m a happy boy! I was abandoned by my person and dumped outside in another cat’s territory, and when that happens, cats like me get beaten up.

I was full of punctures and had a really high fever. Initially, I did not test positive for FIV or FeLV but 2 months into my healing, I did test positive for FIV…. That’s when my skin stuff started to happen. I’m a very itchy boy and any medication I take for itching suppresses my immune system which is bad for me because I have FIV.

It would be best for me to leave the shelter so that I can have human interaction and distractions from being itchy, plus I could try different medications and be safe from sicknesses that come into the shelter. I do have to wear a t-shirt all the time so that I don’t scratch myself. I might even tolerate a medicated bath! The nice people at PAC will still try and figure out my skin stuff while I’m home with you! It will likely take some time and a couple of tries on different medications until we figure out what works!

More about me! I’m a love and I LOVE to play! I am very dog-like and I want to be on your lap or on your shoulder and I will drool all over you! I’m a curious and adventurous guy and I’d love to be in a home while my medical stuff is figured out! My pictures and video say it all!

See my video, here:


About the Providence Animal Control Division

The Providence Animal Control Division protects the health and safety of our residents and their pets with progressive leadership and education, and continues to engage the hearts and minds of the community to help all animals.

As of November 2015, the Animal Control Division has adopted a “low risk euthanasia” philosophy of healthy adoptable animals and will continue to improve the live release rate of shelter animals via adoptions, returning strays to their owners, transferring animals to rescues, TNR, programs/services and treating medical cases. We believe that with progressive programs, we can have a more humane City. Through our Gimme Shelter program, PAC is spaying and neutering owned and feral cats for Providence residents. To participate please send a message through our FaceBook page at Providence Animal Care Center.

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  1. Samantha Blanck on November 30, 2021 at 12:31 pm

    Is he still up for adoption? I am curious I would love a cat like that. I recently lost my white cat to old age, And Toby looks like a sweetheart! I live with my husband and roommate(no other cats) and I have been looking for a cat. Please let me know if he’s available!

    • RINewsToday on November 30, 2021 at 1:05 pm

      Go on Petfinder – the link is in the article – if you see one of our featured pets still there, then they are available… Good luck!

  2. Linda Spies on November 29, 2021 at 2:40 pm

    THIS is a turkish angora, and they always behave like dogs. I had one for 13 years and would have another one in a heartbeat. I don’t know if you have ever tried Gold Bond medicated powder in the green can that may be purchased at any store, but it has done wonders for a number of dogs I know that couldn’t get relief from anything.

    • RINewsToday on November 29, 2021 at 2:51 pm

      Thank you, Linda – I have passed on your advice to the shelter – very helpful, I’m sure.