HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WAFF) – A special pet clinic opened in Huntsville.

Officials with the Greater Huntsville Humane Society cut the ribbon on the Ronnie Hornbuckle Haven for FIV/FeLV Felines.

Over the last two years, officials have worked alongside donors, architects and builders to open the first of its kind facility in the state.

The Haven will provide a dedicated adoption and resource center for cats diagnosed with Feline Immunodeficiency Virus and Feline Leukemia.

“FIV is Feline Immunodeficiency Virus,” said Spencer Batcheller, the CEO of the Greater Huntsville Humane Society. “It is almost equivalent to human AIDS. FelV is leukemia in cats. Leukemia cats can pass it very easily between transmitting saliva or drinking out of the same bowl. FIV is a little different. It would have to be a very deep bite wound. We actually adopted them out in our current shelter. The hope is to provide the resources for the south and we can save more lives.”

The building was named after Ronnie Hornbuckle who was a lifelong animal lover and advocate in Huntsville.

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