My name is Tango!

Domestic Shorthair Cat for adoption in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - Tango
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Facts about Tango

  • Breed: Domestic Shorthair
  • Color: Tortoiseshell
  • Age: Unknown
  • Sex: Female
  • ID#: 10641928
  • Hair: Unknown



Tango is a gorgeous green-eyed cat with a patchwork coat of orange, black, tan and white.

This beauty was discovered in a shelter at the cat colony with her five kittens. Fortunately, the kittens were the perfect age for being adopted, and have since found wonderful homes. Tango is waiting for her forever home, too.

In addition to being beautiful, Tango is sweet, friendly and affectionate. She loves to just hang out and be petted by the people in her life. She also adores her catnip toys.

Tango is spayed and up to date on her vaccines.  She has tested positive for FIV virus, though.  If you are not familiar with FIV, see explanation and link below.

My husband and I have an FIV cat who lives with our other cats, and they are all healthy.  Please do not let this deter you from adopting her.

Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) has been associated with cats for many years, although it was only labelled as such as recently as 1986. The virus depletes the number of white blood cells, which eventually makes the cat less able to fight off infection. However, because it is such a slow acting virus many FIV positive cats can enjoy a normal lifespan with no apparent health problems resulting from the virus. FIV is species specific. It can only be transmitted from cat to cat, not to humans or other animals.

Transmission between cats in a group who do not fight is unlikely as the virus can only survive a very brief time outside a cat's body, and it cannot be transmitted indirectly, such as on food, feeding equipment, clothes, shoes, hands etc.

The virus is present in the blood and saliva of infected cats. But, like HIV, it is a very 'fragile' virus, and cannot survive for long outside the body. It also requires a high dose to establish an infection in another cat. Therefore, it is not easily passed from cat to cat. The main route of infection is through biting, when the virus in the saliva of an infected cat is injected directly into the blood stream of the cat it bites.


About Animal Rescue Network

About Our Rescue Group...

Who We Are:

Animal Rescue Network (ARN) is an all-volunteer alliance of individuals primarily from northwest Philadelphia who are devoted to animals. Working on their own for years, individuals found themselves rescuing animals from all kinds of hazardous and neglectful situations. Animals were sheltered, treated medically, spayed or neutered, trained, and placed in suitable homes at the expense of the rescuer. As members became aware of each others efforts on behalf of animals, they realized that many tasks could be accomplished more efficiently if they were to work as a group. Thus, ARN was born in 2005.

Animal Rescue Network is a member of the New Beginnings Nonprofit Incubator at Resources for Human Development, Inc. (RHD). RHD is a large, diversified nonprofit organization based in Philadelphia, that oversees roughly 150 programs. The New Beginnings incubator provides small and startup nonprofit programs with a range of services and support designed to help them grow to achieve their missions. Animal Rescue Network is responsible for all its own fundraising.

The Problem:

During a normal year, approximately 30,000 animals are surrendered to Philadelphia shelters. In some cases, financial instability and/or limited or lack of knowledge regarding proper pet care are major contributing factors. Now that our economy is in a downturn, the number of animals surrendered to shelters has increased significantly by thrusting more pet owners into the low income stratum. Shelters that are normally overcrowded are now bursting at the seams.

Many pet owners believe that surrendering their pet to a shelter results in a win-win – a win for them and a win for their pet because they believe the shelter will simply find their pet another home. In truth, many of these healthy, adoptable pets end up being euthanized due to lack of space at the shelter. When a pet owner arrives at the shelter to surrender a pet, the shelter is required, when applicable, to tell the owner that the animal may likely be put down due to overcrowding if surrendered. As a result, many pet owners mistakenly think that their unwanted pets stand a better chance being abandoned on the street than if turned over to the shelter, thinking that any life on the street, no matter how harsh, is better than death at the shelter. So they either simply lock the animal out of the house or drive it to another location and dump it there. These unfortunate animals suffer terribly and often die of starvation, exposure, and/or injury when abandoned on the streets.

In addition to pets that fall victim to the declining economy, there are those pet owners who adopt a kitten and then turn it outside when it outgrows its cuteness. Many of these cats are neither neutered nor vaccinated. Coping with the need to find food and shelter and avoid dying of exposure is just the beginning of trials on the street for these unfortunate animals.

Unneutered free-roaming male cats can impregnate multiple females in one season. Unspayed females can produce about three litters a year. These offspring, having been born in the wild, become feral and are, therefore, unadoptable unless rescued within the first few weeks of birth and properly socialized. Feral cats can pose environmental issues in their neighborhoods. Unneutered male cats mark their territory by spraying their strong-smelling urine outside people’s homes. (Many people are not aware that neutering a male cat removes the foul odor from their urine.) Unneutered males will fight over potential mates. Cats that have found a reliable food source (a local dumpster or a neighbor’s trash can, for example) will fight to protect it. The sound of late-night yowling and fighting of cats in one’s alley or backyard most likely fits into either of these two categories. Cat fighting can result in the spread of disease from one infected cat to the other. It is through fighting and biting that a cat with feline AIDS and/or feline leukemia passes these diseases to other cats. (Feline AIDS and feline leukemia cannot be transmitted to humans or dogs.)

The poor economy and people failing to spay or neuter their pets has had a noticeable impact on animal rescue organizations. When times are hard, they are also hard for rescues. When people put their pets out on the street because they cannot afford them any longer, the demand for rescues to step in and help increases. When shelters are overflowing, they look to rescues to lighten their load by taking some of the animals into their rescue. Fostering multiple animals (or even one, if the animal needs veterinary care) is expensive. Finding prospective foster homes is difficult unless we can offer to help pay for supplies and any vet care when the need arises. Using low-cost spay neuter clinics certainly helps to keep costs down, but when spaying/neutering a colony of feral cats, the cost can be prohibitive. In addition, it is our policy to spay or neuter any animal before it is adopted. Our nominal adoption fees of $75.00 do not come close to covering the cost of fostering an animal from intake to adoption.

Our Goals:

Our desire is to create a foster network of devoted reliable individuals who can count on us to provide them with adequate supplies and food until the animal is adopted. By doing this, more potential foster homes would become available to us that would not have been available before.

We would also like to create a program that allows us to provide door-to-door service (from the pet’s residence to the spay/neuter clinic) and pay the volunteers who agree to transport the animals for us. This would greatly increase the number of pets that are spay/neutered in a given week through our rescue.

We would like to be able to offer those pet owners, who cannot afford to spay/neuter their pets, the opportunity to let us pay for the animal’s surgery and vaccinations.

And finally, we would like to be able to continue our work with feral cats by spaying/neutering colonies and providing proper colony management after all cats in the colony have been sterilized.

We feel that these methods coupled with raising public awareness will go a long way toward alleviating the unnecessary suffering and propagation of unwanted and abandoned pets in our City.

Our Mission:

Our mission is to eliminate the cat overpopulation problem and animal suffering in the Northwest and Overbrook areas of Philadelphia by educating the public and advocating for Trap, Neuter, Return, Management (TNRM) of feral cats and by providing a safe haven and any necessary veterinary care for animals that come under our care.

Our Vision:

We envision a world in which animals can live safely.

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Our Adoption Process...

All our pets have been spayed or neutered, and are up to date on their vaccinations. We ask that you help offset this in a small way with an adoption fee of $75. We will ask for a vet reference, and may conduct a home visit as part of the adoption process. If you see an animal that interests you, please get in touch with the contact person for him or her, and we will send you an adoption application.