Domestic Short Hair named Abner is available for adoption at Best Friends Sanctuary in Kanab, Utah


Breed: Domestic Short Hair
Age: Adult
Color: Brown
Sex: Male

Special Criteria What does this mean?
Special needs

This boy came from a place where it was actually illegal for his animal shelter to find him a home, just because he has FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus). But FIV isn't a scary condition. Cats can live long, full lives with it, and it's very hard for other cats to catch. But Abner doesn't happen to like other cats, so it might be best if he's an 'only,' or he would be okay in a home with one or two cats who would leave him alone, but he'd be great with dogs. Otherwise, Abner is an easygoing soul. Laidback and fairly independent, he's warm-hearted. He does have some pain in his spine, but medicine helps. He does enjoy being cuddled and having lap time. Born in 2009, he's independent and will get over-stimulated after a bit. But he's a caring fellow who would make a great friend. And he would sure love the chance to prove that an FIV cat deserves to find love like any other.

Abner is part of our Single Pets* program! That means that he is eligible for a free flight home and waived adoption fee!

*Single pets do best as the only dog or cat in the home.

Sanctuary Visit Required

These animals require that the potential adopter come and meet them at our Sanctuary in Kanab, UT.

Available for Sleepover

This animal is available for an overnight outing. If you are staying in a hotel, check in advance to make sure they allow dogs or cats.

Adoption Pending

There is a pending adoption application for this animal. Sometimes adoptions often fall through so please keep checking.

No Dogs

Based on observations from volunteers, fosters, previous owners and staff, this animal may do best in a household without dogs.

No Cats

Based on observations from volunteers, fosters, previous owners and staff, this animal may do best in a household without cats and other small pets.

Special Needs

This animal has a special medical, physical, or behavioral need. Many times these are minor so please fill out the adoption survey and the adoption specialists will contact you with more information about any animals you are interested in.


This cat has tested positive for FIV. FIV-positive cats can live normal lives both in quality and duration. They are great pets! There is a misconception that cats with FIV cannot live with other cats. That’s simply not true. Learn the risks here.


This cat has tested positive for feline leukemia, or FeLV. FeLV-positive cats can live perfectly happy lives, and they deserve to do so. People who have FeLV-positive cats just need to be aware that they may have a shorter life span and that they need to be taken to a veterinarian as soon as a problem is noted. Read more here.


This cat has been declawed by previous owners.