Adoptable Pet of the Week: Joker

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Joker is a friendly and active guy who has spent the majority of his life at the Animal Protection Society of Durham. He’s nearly 7 months old and has been at APS since August. He was exposed to FeLV and is likely positive. Both of his siblings, who were recently adopted, were FeLV positive. Even though he was exposed to Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV), he is capable of living a full, healthy life. The virus can suppress his immune system, potentially making him more susceptible to other infections. The disease can be transmissible to other cats, but not to people or other species. Ideally, FeLV-positive cats should either live with other cats who have tested positive for FeLV to reduce the risk of spreading the disease or live in a single cat household. Consider opening your heart and home to such a sweet and wonderful cat.

To set up a virtual visit or to adopt, send adoption forms to To view Joker’s webpage, visit Same-day adoptions are now available in the shelter! 

Adoption fees for cats are usually $95 and $50 for the second cat when adopting two together. This includes a basic medical exam, spay or neuter surgery, microchip implantation, rabies and other vaccinations, intestinal parasite check, a heartworm test and deworming.

The Animal Protection Society of Durham, located at 2117 E. Club Blvd., is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that has been helping animals in the community since 1970, and has managed the Durham County Animal Shelter since 1990. In addition to county funding, APS relies on donations from individuals and corporations to feed, shelter and provide medical attention for the nearly 7,000 stray, surrendered and abused animals it cares for each year. The shelter is open Mon.-Tue. and Thu.-Fri., 10:30am-5pm; Wed. 10:30am-6pm; and Sat. 10am-2pm. For more information, call 919-560-0640 or visit

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Amanda MacLaren

Amanda MacLaren is the executive editor of Durham Magazine. Born in Mesa, Arizona, she grew up in Charlotte and attended UNC-Chapel Hill, majoring in journalism. She’s lived in Durham for eight years. When she’s not at work, you can usually find her with a beer in hand at Fullsteam, Dain’s Place or Bull City Burger or getting takeout from Guasaca.

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