My name is Salem- Needs your love!!

Domestic Shorthair Cat for adoption in Champaign, Illinois - Salem- Needs your love!
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I'm being cared for by:
Midwest Animal Rescue Service

Facts about Salem- Needs your love!

  • Breed: Domestic Shorthair
  • Color: Unknown
  • Age: Young
  • Sex: Male
  • ID#: 9278254
  • Hair: Unknown
You can fill out an adoption application online on our official website.

 Meet Salem!

 Salem is a GORGEOUS little guy that is looking for a loving home.  He does well with other cats and loves attention and affection. There couldn't be a better kitty to add to your family! However, Salem's story is somewhat heartbreaking and full of ups and downs.
Found in a sewer drain, cold and shivering, he was turned in as a stray to the humane society. Shortly after, being 
transferred to MARS, this tiny kitten was named Salem and became the talk of the Shelter. His color is very unique (black topcoat and a white undercoat with variations of stripes) and his eyes are giant and green. Small enough to fit into a butter dish, (with a wash cloth for bedding) he weighed in at a whopping 4 oz! Tiny, frail, covered in fleas, a wound on his little neck (that looked like an infected bug bite), and being diagnosed with an eye infection upon intake, little Salem was sure to be a handful from the start. After a round of tests, (negative for FELV and FIV) bath, nail trim, antibiotics, and some soft kitty food, he was settled into the shelter and couldn't be happier! A few weeks into his stay with us, he was given a clean bill of health and approved for adoption and for a crate mate! YAY FOR SALEM! However, his crate mate would not adjust to socialization and he had to be removed, leaving little Salem all alone again. The stress of the unhappy crate mate caused him to withdraw a little but he came around. Salem FINALLY reached the age and weight to undergo his neuter surgery just a few short months ago and with that, he had a speedy recovery, healed up nicely, and was able to then start attending adoption events again. On March 12th, MARS was preparing transport for an adoption event. SALEM GETS TO ATTEND!!! However, when getting him out of his cage, it was noticed that he was missing some fur from around his neck and legs. His trip was forfeited and yet again, poor little Salem was left behind. A skin test was performed on him the following day and nothing was found. What's wrong with Salem now? Things seemed to be great leading up to his surgery so the vet simply called it a 'stress case' from his surgery and hormone change. At this point, we were sure everything would be fine. A few weeks have passed since then and Salem is regrowing hair, being his playful self, and was having high hopes to be able to return to an adoption event soon so that he may find his forever home. However, today changed his outlook on finding his forever home indefinitely. He was due for a checkup following his last visit when his hair was still missing. At this checkup, it was time that he could be tested again for FIV/FELV. Today's test (4-15-16) showed a strong positive for FELV and his official diagnosis is set in stone. 
After all of the things that he has overcome, poor little Salem has Feline Leukemia. 
Looking into his eyes and hearing the vet speak those harsh words was one of the most difficult things any rescue worker has to do. To find out that an animal has fought so hard to live only to be handed such a terrible diagnosis is VERY heartbreaking. 
The question is, NOW WHAT DO WE DO? 
The answer is simple:
Continue to show him love, give him treats, care for him, and make sure that he has everything that he needs and deserves. 

Is this something that is going to make it harder for Salem to find his forever home? Yes.
Will he need special attention once he is adopted? Yes, this is very possible.
Does this make him unadoptable? No. He is still able to live out his life in a REAL home.

Salem will have to be an inside cat that does not make face to face contact with other cats. The only way that he can be adopted into a home with other cats, is if they have also been diagnosed as being positive with FELV. Otherwise, Salem will need to be an 'ONLY CHILD' of the household. (Which personally, I don't think he will mind getting all of the attention.) I urge you to do a little research on the virus so that you are aware of the risks involved in having a cat that is in fact positive. It's not the end of the world for him because he has never gotten the chance to see the map of life. Will you be the family to help him start his journey?


Once approved, you will be able to schedule a meeting with an available animal for our upcoming adoption event!

  • Please note that because our shelter is located in southern Illinois, about 6 hours away, our animals are ONLY available for adoption at our scheduled events! 
  • Event information can be found on our home page.



AT LEAST 3 Wellness Checks
ALL 3 KITTEN SHOTS (Under 6 months) OR YEARLY SHOTS (Over 6 months)
AT LEAST 1 Round of Dewormer
Microchip Implantation
Microchip Registration
50% Spay/Neuter Discount Voucher for Arnett Animal Hospital in Wheeling, IL
**Kittens 6 months and older are spayed/neutered prior to adoption


Visit this organization's web site to see any additional information available about this pet.

About Midwest Animal Rescue Service

About Our Shelter...

Midwest Animal Rescue Service (MARS) is a NO-KILL, state-licensed organization (IL Dept. of Agriculture #13839) that finds loving homes for as many animals in need as possible. The animals in our program were rescued from either high-kill facilities (where animals are in danger of being put to sleep), or neglectful owners that are not providing proper care to their pets.

WHEN CONSIDERING ADOPTION, please check into what is included in the adoption fees. We hold all animals in our care for a minimum of 21 days to properly screen for health conditions, and to provide as much pre-adoption care as possible.

Come Meet Our Pets...

Adoption Event information is posted at! Our events are held regularly at:
Pet Supplies Plus
2821 W. Kirby Avenue
Champaign, Illinois 61821

Animals are cared for at our shelter in southern Illinois, so animals are available for adoption between events in Murphysboro, IL, and in Champaign, Illinois, during scheduled events.

Our Adoption Process...

Step 1: Complete your online adoption application at

Step 2: Get your application's status in your email within 1 business day.

Step 3: As long as your application is approved, you will be able to place an available animal on reservation for our upcoming event.

You are, of course, welcome to attend any event without a reservation to meet available animals, but a reservation will guarantee that a specific pet will be held for you for the event. Event details can always be found at

Our puppy adoption fee includes: ALL 3 puppy shots, at least three rounds of deworming medication, TWO tests for Canine Parvovirus, microchipping and registration, 30 days of pet insurance, along with a Free exam and 50% spay/neuter discount through our partner vet, Arnett Animal Hospital in Wheeling, IL.

Our adoption fees are specified in the description of each animal, along with what is included in the fee (everything that is included has already been done by the time the pet attends the event).