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.

Tree House Is Participating in Clear the Shelters

Once again, Tree House will be taking part in the NBC/Telemundo Chicago Clear the Shelters big event, where we welcome many potential adopters to our location and waive all of our adoption fees for the day for kitties 6 months of age and older.

This year, we’ll be welcoming Pet Supplies Plus to our shelter, and they might have a few little surprises to give to our visitors.

Additionally, you’ll get a chance to meet and greet Saffron P. Sorbet, better known as Saffy P, our fabulous calico mascot. She’ll be dancing around and celebrating the occasion of all her furry friends finding their forever fhomes. (Sorry, but we had to keep the alliteration going.)

a large calico cat in orange, black, and white mascot costume
Saffy P Sorbet, the big cat who speaks for the little cats. (Well, ok, she doesn’t speak at all, but actions are louder than words, anyway.)

So, if you’re ready to adopt the love of your life, set aside some time this Saturday, August 17th between 12 pm to 6 pm and get up here to Tree House. Our kitties have all their bags packed and are prepped and ready.

Love,

Tree House.

Update: Post was updated at 12:38 pm CST August 16th to specify that adoption fees are waived for cats 6 months of age and older.

FeLV Fosters Needed – We’re Offering A Sweet Perk

If you haven’t heard by now, Leonardo Pescatore, our two-year resident and carrier of FIV and FeLV, was finally adopted! We heard it might have been because of his #ChickenHatProtest when he wore a chicken hat (at his discretion, when he felt like it) to bring attention to his incredibly long length of stay. Such was the success of the chicken hat that Leonardo left instruction upon his departure to name a worthy successor in the hope that its magic will work once again. Who did he name? We’ll tell you at the end of the post, but first we need you to know something about FeLV+ cats.

Cats like Leonardo often don’t get a chance to find a home. Up until very recently, cats with FeLV were euthanized immediately upon entry to a shelter. The virus wasn’t well understood and the cats who carried it were feared.

Tree House is one of a few shelters in the world offering a safe place for cats with FeLV. You’ll notice we feature them in our Cat Cafe. Currently, we have roughly 9 spots in our shelter – they live separately in their own colonies, away from the general population to minimize any spread of the virus, which could happen for cats with underdeveloped or compromised immune systems. Each time one of these cats is adopted, a spot opens up in our cafe or adoption floor and we bring in a new FeLV+ kitty from other shelters and from foster homes.

Being the forward thinkers that we are, Tree House started wondering how we can help even more of these special kitties. We can’t increase space in our shelter, but we CAN increase space in our foster homes, and that’s where YOU come in! We need YOU to open your home to our FeLV+ waiting list.

We’ll bet you never looked at your spare bedroom or back office and thought “Man, this room is lifesaving.” Well, it is! It can absolutely save a life or two because you can fill it with an FeLV+ cat that we can pull from another shelter and take into the Tree House family. The cats can then be transferred onto our floor when space is available, OR they can be adopted right out of your home as part of our Home Base program. Either way, we all win.

And what’s the “Sweet Perk” mentioned above? Anyone who agrees to foster an FeLV cat gets free admission for life to our Cat Cafe and 10% off any drinks. That’s a pretty impressive club to be a card-carrying member of, we think.

Ready to save a life? Apply to foster.

And who shall carry on the #ChickenHatProtest in Leo’s stead? Watch and find out. The reveal is epic, we promise.

Love,

Tree House.

Cat Walk Wrap Up and List of Winners

The final toast!

It happened – the first-ever Tree House Cat Walk Pub Crawl event took place on July 27th, 2019 and it was a success! Thanks to everyone’s efforts, including all of our supporters, we were SOLD OUT two weeks before the date. Over 250 people got together to have fun, try some tasty drinks, and support Tree House’s vision to see every cat thrive. Here are some other major successes connected with the event:

Two of our sponsor cats, Leonardo Pescatore and Adam(o), were adopted! #TeamLeoCat and #TeamAdamoCat can celebrate big wins. That just leaves Cleopatra, our darling Calico, here. She’s waiting and she’s ready, so send everyone you know to meet her! And, since she’s still here, you have one more chance to donate in her name to help her and other cats like her get that one thing they’ve been waiting for: a home.

We Raised: Just over $20,000!

There are winners! Scroll down to the end of this post to see if you won one of our fantastic prizes.

A special thanks goes out to all of our sponsors and our host bars, to Wow Bao for donating a post-event snack for everyone, and to all of our attendees for being available and ready to support. No event can be a success without you. Our kitties send their love and thanks to you all!

And now for some picture highlights, courtesy of Barry Brecheisen Photography:

AND THE WINNERS ARE:

A one-night stay for two at the Drake Hotel

  • Betsy Pilmer

Two tickets to a Cubs game (Section 134), donated by Michael Gerhardt from ReMax

  • Staci Rhoads

Two club seats to a White Sox game (with Stadium Club Access), donated by Barry and Bobbi Ann Fulk

  • Sarah Rubin

Two (2) cocktail class passes from KOVAL Distillery

  • Danielle Richards

Four (4) distillery tour and tasting passes from KOVAL

  • Sarah Jackson

Two tickets to a performance at the Joffrey Ballet

  • Regan Brewer-Johnson

Two tickets to a performance at Victory Gardens

  • Tom Fuller

Dinner for two at Ramen-san ($100 gift card)

  • Fawna Black-Cicotte

Dinner for two at Sushi-san ($100 gift card)

  • Kelly Stone

Dinner for two at Il Porcellino ($100 gift card)

  • Dieter Keltner 

$25 gift card to Three Dots and a Dash

  • Spencer Gibson

$25 gift card to Two Dots and a Dash

  • Donna Finlon

$25 gift card to Three Dots and a Dash

  • Ashley Galante

$25 gift card to Three Dots and a Dash

  • Drew Gorenz

$25 gift card to Three Dots and a Dash

  • Emily Coppess

$25 gift card to Three Dots and a Dash

  • Crystal Silvester

$25 gift card to Three Dots and a Dash

  • Ashley Palladino

A pet lovers’ gift basket, including a $20 gift card to Jameson Loves Danger

  • Valerie Schlegel

$50 gift card to Carson’s

  • Alexandra Hizel

$50 gift card to Carson’s

  • Erica Cohen

$50 gift card to Carson’s

  • Scott Miller

Tree House will be in touch with you to coordinate your prize delivery!

Thanks again, everyone. #THCatWalk #Team

Love,

Tree House.

PS. Our next event is the Cat’baret on October 24th, 2019. We hope to see you there!

ANNOUNCEMENT: Cat Walk is Officially SOLD OUT!

Thank you to everyone who purchased a ticket to Cat Walk. It is officially a sold out event! Therefore, there will be no on site ticket sales (Insert sad face here), but there are still two things you can do: 1) Support a Cat Walk cat and donate in their honor and 2) Wait until next year!

If you were lucky enough to snag a ticket, here are some things to look forward to!

  • Free tour of Empirical Brewery and the chance to meet some of Tree House Humane Society’s very own Cats At Work! Show your blue Cat Walk wristband for entry. Space is limited. 20 person maximum per tour. Available times: 2:30pm, 3:00pm, 3:30pm, 4:00pm, 4:30pm, 5:00pm
  • Activities will be held at each bar from 2-5:30pm
  • Use #THCatWalk to share the fun!
  • We invite you to join us for a final toast at 5:45pm in the back of Empirical Brewery for celebrations and a free and delicious bao, courtesy of Wow Bao (vegetarian options available).
from left #TeamAdamoCat, #TeamCleoCat, #TeamLeoCat

Can’t make it? You can support the Cat Walk by giving in honor of one of Tree House’s special needs cats.

We cannot wait to see everyone who is helping us support our cats and make this a success for them! Cheers to Cats! ♡

Love,

Tree House

Coming to Cat Walk? Here’s What You Can Win! #THCatWalk

You’re already a winner if you’re going to Cat Walk, but you don’t want to miss out on these exclusive raffle prizes! To be eligible to win, all you have to do is have your “passport” stamped (which you will receive at the beginning of Cat Walk), at each of the four participating bars. Who doesn’t love free stuff?

Some of our prizes include…

  • A one-night stay for two at the Drake Hotel
  • Two tickets to a Cubs game (Section 134), donated by Michael Gerhardt from ReMax
  • Two club seats to a White Sox game (with Stadium Club Access), donated by Barry and Bobbi Ann Fulk
  • Two cocktail class passes from KOVAL Distillery
  • Four distillery tour and tasting passes from KOVAL
  • Two tickets to a performance at the Joffrey Ballet
  • Two tickets to a performance at Victory Gardens
  • Dinner for two at Ramen-san, Sushi-san, and Il Porcellino (three prizes – $100 value each)
  • Seven $25 gift cards to Two Dots and a Dash
  • A pet lovers’ gift basket, including a $20 gift card to Jameson Loves Danger

Submit your completed passport at any Cat Walk venue to enter. Winners will be announced July 29. Surprise mini prizes will be given out to everyone at each bar just for attending.

Tree House would like to give a special thank you to all of our incredible friends and partners who have graciously donated to our raffle and helped make this possible!

A very limited number of tickets are still available for purchase here.

The cats can’t wait to hear all about your Cat Walk adventures!

Choose Your Cat Walk Team and Walk For A Purpose! (Besides All the Fun You’re Going to Have)

If you were planning on coming to our first-ever Cat Walk Pub Crawl on July 27th, we’ve added a fantastic new way for you to help support our mission!

Three special cats who are looking for homes need your help. Choose your favorite and let everyone you know know that you are going to be walking in their honor. Share their names, share their stories, and share that you care! Choose from:

Adam(o) (left) arrived at Tree House in dramatic fashion, aboard an aircraft filled with 180 other cats and dogs seeking refuge from the Oklahoma storms. He is one of the thirty cats admitted to Tree House (he hypothesizes the “o” was added to his name to remind him of his Oklahoma roots). Adam(o) has a touch of the FIV, but you’d never know it by looking at him. He loves to cuddle and is raising awareness for his fellow #OKStormCats! Choose Adam(o) and know that there will be fireworks (tiny, furry ones) awaiting you at the Cat Walk finish line. #TeamAdamoCat

Choose Adamo if you love fireworks!

Cleopatra (middle), a charming senior kitty, would love to be your choice for the 2019 Cat Walk. Around Tree House, her own very special cat walk is famous. A little bit swagger, a little bit arthritis and neurological condition, and a little bit confidence, Cleo has some trouble with non-carpeted floors and other cats. She’d be perfect for a home with carpets (or rugs), living the life of a single cat, where she could be adored by her human. She’s been at Tree House for a while now, so choose Cleo and help bring attention to this fabulous girl so she can find the home she deserves! #TeamCleoCat

Choose Cleo if you love calicos!

Leonardo Pescatore (right) is Tree House’s longest resident at this time! He’s been looking for a home since December of 2017, and is currently staging a quiet protest where he wears a chicken hat (at his discretion) to speak out about his length of stay. Tree House has been caring for his Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV), Feline Immunodeficiency Virus, obesity, and skin condition. While he’s no longer dealing with the obesity or the skin condition, he will still have the other two viruses for life. In spite of all of this, Leonardo is perfectly adoptable! He loves (loves) to eat and have his back scratched, and he’s really into sitting on floors of all kinds. Choose Leonardo to walk in honor of #ChickenHatProtest! #TeamLeoCat

Choose Leo if you love floors.

Copy their photos from above and share far and wide! And don’t forget to include this link so anyone who wants to donate in your name can do so: http://treehouseanimals.org/TeamCatWalk

WHICH CAT TEAM WILL REIGN SUPREME?!

Love,

Tree House.

PS. Don’t have your tickets yet? Get ’em now! We’re halfway to sold out already and t-shirt size guarantees end July 11th, as do the sweet $25 tickets. You can still get them later, but it’ll cost you and your t-shirt might be too tight. Consider yourself warned.

Tree House’s First-Ever Cat Walk Pub Crawl Fundraiser!

Do you like beer? How about cats? We think there’s a pretty solid chance that you like one of those two and, if you do, you’re our people. Do you like both? You’re definitely our people.

PURCHASE TICKETS HERE: TREEHOUSEANIMALS.ORG/CATWALK

And so, we’d like to introduce you to our newest fundraiser: the Cat Walk.

Think: Catchella. Think: bar crawl meets fundraiser meets community engagement. Simply put, you can have a cocktail in honor of a kitten.  

All of this fun will take place in Andersonville on Saturday, July 27 from 2pm – 6pm. Come hop along with us to Empirical Brewery, The Meeting House Tavern, The SoFo Tap, and Fat Cat. They have beer and one of them even has cats and, if you’re lucky, you’ll get the chance to see them as they patrol Empirical Brewery doing what they do best: keeping the rodents away as part of our Cats at Work program. No cat sighting, though? No problem! Every bar will be offering amazing drink specials. The Meeting House will have $5 Meow-garitas and $12 Purr-fect Mimosa Carafes. Empirical Brewery is planning a $4 house special on tap, Egon’s Ale, brewed specially for their brewery cat Egon’s birthday. The SoFo Tap is offering their Lap It Up special, half-off brews, and $4 Cat’s Meow Shot. And the aptly named Fat Cat will have $4 mixed drinks, featuring mango and paw-megranate.

Excited? There’s more! Get ready for cat trivia, kitten naming, and all kinds of other things our feline-serving staff are dreaming up for you. You’ll receive a passport at your port of entry (one of two bars, your choice when you purchase tickets) that will get a stamp for every activity you complete. When you hit all four Cat Walk locations, you get entered to win some big giveaway prizes, including an overnight stay for two at the Drake, box seats at a Sox game, and a cocktail making class at KOVAL Distillery.

The passport as it will look propped against your drinks when you attend our fabulous event.

We invite everyone to come out, bring your friends, and help us raise some funds to support our mission to empower communities of caregivers to protect, nurture, and support new solutions so no cat suffers. Be a part of the first-ever, hopefully-to-be-repeated, feline-fabulous, beer-filled Cat Walk and help support socially conscious sheltering and animal welfare in Chicago.

Tickets for Cat Walk can be found at treehouseanimals.org/catwalk. If you can’t make it, you can donate and support the Cat Walk with a virtual cocktail. Our kitties will love you for it.    

And if you happen to be neither a cat lover nor a beer lover, why are you still reading?

Love,


Tree House.