Outdoor Cat Shelters Now in Stock Thanks to Merrick Gives Back

We’re pleased to say today that we are fully stocked on outdoor shelters for our colony caretakers and their cats, so if you need one, come on by because they have been freshly made by Team Merrick!

the merrick team stands in the tree house lobby by our logo

As part of their Merrick Gives Back initiative, Merrick’s Evanston-office team members visited Tree House to build shelters that our community members can use to keep cats warm in the winter and give them a shady place to stay in the summer, too. “Give Back’ is a foundational value at Merrick,” they told us. “As a company, we believe that everyone can, and should, make a difference. This attitude of service motivates us to help each other and contribute more than is asked to our Merrick family and community.”

If you didn’t already know, all of our cats are powered by Merrick food. If you come in to visit and you see cats zooming around their colonies filled with energy, that’s because they’re filled with Merrick. If you come in and see cats snoozing away without a care in the world, that’s because they’re hard at work digesting their Merrick. Point being, all of our little guys are served Merrick foods. And we are VERY thankful for that support, because it allows us to take our worries away from meal planning and instead focus our thoughts on life saving.

Merrick also asked us if we would give them an opportunity to do something as a team to not only feed our hungry little charges but also to do something for the cat community at large. We hooked them up with our Community Cats Field Specialist Paul Nickerson (previously known to all as half of #ZZTrap until he so flippantly shaved off his beard) for a day of volunteerism.

The Merrick Team with former #ZZTrap member Paul Nickerson, seen at right with the naked face.

Merrick got to work with power tools, insulation, and upbeat attitudes building the tiny homes and refreshing our stock for the winter months ahead. The plastic tubs stuffed with insulation and straw will keep hundreds of cats dry, warm, and comfortable.They finished an incredible 140 shelters in just 3 hours. And they’re quality. We checked!

So, if you need a shelter, come to Tree House. Large ones are $35; Small ones are $25; keeping a cat warm is priceless.

And, if you want to find out more about becoming a colony caretaker or getting some TNR assistance in your area, OR you want to have a corporate volunteer event here, email us at infoATtreehouseanimals.org for more information.

Sending a huge thanks to Merrick for all they do for Tree House. Thank you!

Love,

Tree House.

[FTC Disclosure: Tree House has a partnership with Merrick to receive food product from them for our cats.]

Here Comes Santa Paws’ Holiday Deliveries!

Walter is already wrapped up and ready to go.

Picture this: It’s a cozy Saturday afternoon. Snow is falling. There’s the faint ring of jingle bells in the distance. You’re snuggled up by the fire with a mug of hot cocoa in hand (extra marshmallows, of course) when suddenly you hear a faint pawing at the door…

There, in your doorway, is Saffy Claws and her team of elves! They’ve traveled through a wintry wonderland to arrive at your doorstep, and they didn’t come empty-handed —

They’ve brought a perfectly furry new addition for your home!

“HO, HO, HO, MEOWY CHRISTMAS!”

This holiday season, Tree House is ready to make this magical vision your reality with our Winter Wonderlove Adoption Delivery throughout December. Whether you’re a parent looking to surprise your child with the kitty they’ve been asking for all year long or a caring friend ready to help your loved one find their perfect match this Christmas, we’re excited to help create this special moment with you.

We know what you’re thinking. This sounds like a can’t-miss opportunity…

So don’t miss it! Visit the shelter between noon and 6:00 p.m. on December 12-13, 19-20, or 26-27 to choose your new feline family member and reserve your delivery for the following Saturday. Deliveries, completed on Saturday December 14, 21, and 29, can be reserved for a $100 fee (in addition to regular adoption fees) and will include a Sleepypod Cat Carrier, a gift package from Bentley’s on Devon, and a visit from Saffy Claws and her team of Tree House elves.

With an endless supply of cuddles, meows, headbutts, and more, Tree House kitties truly are the gifts that keep on giving.

After all, what’s a tree without a kitty underneath it?

Questions about how to participate? Email our Adoptions team at info@treehouseanimals.org for more information. (Updated after publishing to include gift package from Bentley’s.)

The Lights Are Lit! See the Lights of Love Highlights

Thanks to everyone from near and far who made Lights of Love a grand success! Almost 300 people came together to enjoy live music by etc. Music School, donuts from Stan’s Donuts, food from Wow Bao, Foodlife, and Hub 51. Our 20th annual Lights of Love presented by VCA and Heal was tremendous fun and we truly believe it was our best Lights of Love ever.

Our staff went out of their way to deck out the shelter this year with a 15-foot tall tree donated by a generous family. Wreaths adorned almost every door and window and trees lined our hallways, all lit up in honor and memory of loved ones as part of our Lights of Love holiday appeal. That same appeal brought us hundreds of tags hand-decorated by our supporters from all over the country, which are now festooned like garland throughout the shelter where they will hang until the new year, and where visitors can read them and share in the love.

Some new additions to this year’s event included Virtual Adoptions so attendees could take home a tiny Tree House kitten representative in a scale model of our adoption box. They sold like little hot cakes! We also had face painting, holiday drinks in the cafe with a Marshmallow Bar, a wish tree for our cats (they got half of the yoga mats they need to start those Cafe yoga classes they’ve been dreaming about!), photos with Saffy Claws, a visit from Zoe the foster kitten, Hats on Cats, and more fun stuff.

We truly cannot thank everyone enough for making this the community event of the year here at Tree House. We are already planning for next year! Enjoy the photos from this year, taken by Sprung Photo, and stop on by when we’re open to see the lights still shining bright until 2020. We can’t wait to see you.

Love,

Tree House.

20th Annual Lights of Love: It’s Time to Light the Lights!

Are you ready for this year’s epic Lights of Love event, presented by HEAL Veterinary Clinic and VCA? You’re not? That’s ok, because it’s not until December 7th, so you have a few weeks to prepare yourself. And for what, might you wonder, must you prepare?

A letter from the cats to you.

There’s your first hint: Free food! Ok, so it costs $5 to get in the door, but after that, you’ll be generously treated to a vegetarian taco bar from Hub 51, veggie bao from Wow Bao, and donuts galore from Stan’s Donuts, plus a few other tasty goodies!

Is eating not your thing? Then spend your time checking out our TNR demos, fabulously put together by our illustrious Community Cats team, or take a few minutes to get a tour of our clinic to see where our cats get their teeth cleaned, their nails clipped, and their bits (you know the bits we mean) removed.

Not into clinical things? That’s ok! You can buy yourself a delicious holiday drink in our Cat Cafe with the add on marshmallow candy bar and spend a few minutes chilling with our cafe residents. Or, listen to live music provided by ETC. Music School and the Tree House choir.

Would you rather play a game? Then get yourself a ticket to Trap a Cat, the game where you seek to trap cats to win retro Tree House prize packages! Or, draw Hats on Cats for a chance to win a little treat.

Hats on Cats: a game to tell your grandchildren about.

Looking to adopt but aren’t quite ready? Virtual adoptions will be available for $25 – a stuffed kitten, a certificate, and a chance to win a gift card of equal value.

Of course, our store will be open with some excellent holiday sales and stocked with Tree House merchandise, the perfect way to tell someone you love them and that you want to see them wearing our logo. You can also shop for our cats and our community – purchase a tag from our tree to make our cats’ holiday dreams come true, or to help feed the cats of our community through our Pet Food Pantry.

And let’s not forget having your photo taken with Saffy Claws in her throne. She’ll be waiting.

Our cats are cleaning, tidying, and decorating for your arrival and they cannot wait to see you! So get your tickets ASAP to make sure we save you a space!

See you soon!

Love,

Tree House.

PS Can’t make it? You can still take part by shining a light for a loved one, past or present. Get your light here so it can help our cats shine bright all year long.

Tree House Partners With Pets For Patriots To Help Veterans Adopt

Everyone deserves good snuggles, but veterans especially!

Veterans Day is Monday, November 11th. On this day, we remember the brave individuals who have served on our behalf, but did you know that Tree House honors our veterans 365 days of the year through our ongoing partnership with Pets for Patriots?

No? Well let’s get you up to date.

Pets for Patriots is a nonprofit organization that helps United States military veterans adopt a new pet friend while giving the most overlooked shelter cats and dogs hope and a home. Check them out here.

As one of their shelter partners, Tree House provides veterans with a discounted adoption fee at $50 to adopt an adult cat. It’s simple. If you’re a veteran, you can get online and pre-qualify for the program. After that, head to Tree House. You bring your qualification letter, we’ll bring the kitties, and we’ll all have a little party on the adoption floor.

We’ll hoot and holler. We’ll look like this.

We’re proud to partner with Pets for Patriots in connecting our veterans with the cats who need their love. See which kitties are currently waiting for their forever homes, and maybe pass their photo along to a veteran in your life this Veterans Day.

Love,

Tree House

CAT’BARET SUCCESS: $100k+ Raised for Cats Through Magic, Song, and Sequins

The results are in and our first-ever Cat’baret event was a sparkling success! In total, we raised over $100,000 in sponsorships, pledges, and donations, with almost half of that coming in during our mid-show fundraiser.

After some fab tunes from the highly-talented cabaret team of Scott Gryder and Nick Sula, our fearless leader Raissa Allaire took to the stage to tell all of our attendees about the work Tree House has accomplished this year. From putting a comforting kitten into the hands of a 101-year-old man to working towards a clinic to provide spay, neuter, and wellness services to families and animals in need, Tree House has done a lot for our community, for which we are very proud.

After more entertainment and a sneak preview of the documentary being filmed by Scrappers Film Group about Tree House’s TNR efforts, our guests took part in a Fund the Need paddle raise. The hands of our incredibly generous donors were flashing up into the air to give to the cats and community that we serve and we are absolutely honored to announce that we raised $50,000 in donations and pledges during that portion alone.

It seems that philanthropy and fun can indeed go together and Tree House proved that last night. Check out some great snapshots of the festivities below. Special thanks to Sprung Photo for the event photography and Steve Scap for step and repeat photography.

If you’d like to contribute to Cat’baret, it’s not too late! You can still take part in this event by donating a virtual cocktail to our kitties. We don’t know about you, but we have yet to find a cat who would refuse a glass of Dom Purr-ignon.

A huge thank you to all of our sponsors, guests, staff, and friends who made this one of our most successful events to date. Thank you for believing in our work. It is all of you who are saving the cats of Chicago and beyond.

Cheers!

Love,

Tree House.

Cat’baret 2019 Sponsors:

Best in show: Accenture

Faithful Companion: Hypurrthyroid

Paw-tner: VCA Cat Hospital of Chicago, Pets First Veterinary Clinic, Fifth Third Bank, First Midwest Bank, Merrick Pet Care

Friends of Tree House: IDEXX Laboratories

Edited 11/7/2019 to amend donation totals.

CAT’BARET OCTOBER 24: COME JOIN US!

It’s not too late to join us for Cat’baret! This Thursday, October 24, from 5:30 to 9 pm, we will be celebrating our love of cats cabaret-style at Chicago’s City Winery.

There will be magic, there will be contortion, there will be music, and singing, and piano, food, desserts, wine, beer, soda, fun, photographers, good will, cheer, and a great cause.

Do not miss our first-ever Cat’baret for our cats.

Get your tickets online or buy at the door.

We will be waiting for you.

Love,

Tree House.

GET IN LINE FOR STAN’S DONUTS

This is Stan:

Note that he’s clearly snuggling some kittens, which we at Tree House have dubbed “The Donuts.”

You see, we pulled Stan from CACC, our city shelter, and found that four kittens had decided he was their new mom. It’s rare to see a male cat so receptive to the charms of kittens, but here we have proof in Stan, a fellow with a kind heart but a stoic demeanor, willing to let kittens try to suckle his nonexistent milk. Have a look:

The kittens and Stan need a bit of medical care for upper respiratory infections, so they’ll be in foster for the next few weeks. But after that, LINE UP! These guys are going to go like hot cakes, and to further sweeten the deal, ::insert drumroll here::

Stan’s Donuts is going to give each adopter a dozen donuts.

Yup. A dozen.

WHO DOESN’T WANT KITTENS AND DONUTS?

So, decide now if you want Apple Fritter, Peanut Butter Pocket, Beignet, or Boston Creme, or you can really take the cake and adopt Stan himself. You won’t find a more laid back, cool cat than Stan.

Stay tuned to Instagram @treehousehumanesociety for updates and more pics!

Love,

Tree House.

Oh la la, look at this saucy little Peanut Butter Pocket.

Tree House And the NY Cat Film Festival

Hear ye, Hear ye! Tree House will be the official beneficiary of the New York Cat Film Festival this coming September 10th, 2019! But what does this mean?!

That cat looks concerned. Our cats never look this concerned, except for when we tell them we have to take their temperatures.

It means that 10% of every ticket sold to people interested in watching 2 hours of delightful cat documentaries will be handed over to our trusty shelter and used to enrich of the lives of the cats in our care.

If you’re unfamiliar with it, The NY Cat Film Festival is an annual celebration of the cats who share our lives, through short films from around the world that inspire, educate, and entertain, benefitting local animal welfare groups that bring people and pets together. The programming is designed for adult audiences but can be enjoyed by all members of the family, including mature children. Topics include Samantha and the Rock Cats, Harold “Cat Man” Sims, a professional cat groomer, and loads of other cat-related stories.

Ready to go? Get your tickets and tell the world here!

Don’t want to tell the world? Then quietly buy your ticket here, wear all black, and make eye contact with no one.

We hope to see you there! (Or not, depending on which of the above you’re comfortable with.)

Love,

Tree House.