Opening Day Happy Ending

On July 1st, we had our soft opening at our new facility and began adoptions. Since then, we have been overjoyed with the number of visitors and have adopted out more than 150 cats! 

An Opening Day Adoption – Teddy Finds a Home

We are excited to share the happy ending story of Teddy Flood (now named Farooq). Teddy has had a rough journey in his life, but on July 1st, the first day of Tree House’s soft opening, things changed. Steve Browne and John Verkleir came to Tree House for a visit and joyfully decided to welcome Teddy into their family.

Months of Healing

Teddy was originally found on the streets and admitted to CACC (Chicago Animal Care and Control) before we transferred him to Tree House. We don’t know what might have happened to Teddy before he was rescued; however, upon arrival at our clinic, it was clear that this gentle guy was suffering. Teddy was battling a URI (upper respiratory infection) and severe diarrhea.

We placed Teddy in a foster home to give him time to heal; yet even with our ongoing care and efforts, his digestive condition endured. We knew his health would be seriously compromised if the diarrhea continued. After three long months and much trial and error, we determined that Teddy was suffering from a food allergy. Finally, his health began to improve.

Anticipation

With his rough past behind him, a very special day awaited Teddy. Steve and John were eagerly anticipating our opening. Big supporters of animal rescue, they have adopted three cats from Tree House in the past twelve years. They lost their beloved cat Billi last summer, and Rajiv, their remaining Tree House cat, was a solo kitty who needed a new friend. When Steve and John met Teddy at Tree House, he was gently interacting with another cat in one of our new cat adoption rooms – they immediately knew he was the one.

Besties

(pictured: Farooq and Rajiv – they could be twins)

Teddy (Farooq) has since integrated well into the family. Steve shares that Farooq, “loves to sleep on our legs” and “loves a good face stroking. He and Rajiv get along very well. [The two boys] play chase with one another, watch the birds together, and sleep and sing together.” Rajiv has also taught Farooq a couple of things about home life – they are now “much more vocal in the kitchen and quite a chorus at mealtime,” commented Steve. “We think it is quite funny.”

We are so grateful that Steve and John opened their hearts and home to Teddy and for this wonderful, happy ending. We are glad that these two beautiful cats have each other and a loving home and wish the entire family years of joy together. 

Our Opening and Beyond – Photos!

Our Grand Opening was just the beginning. We were thrilled to welcome more than 300 guests to our public Grand Opening Celebration, Saturday, July 29th. The festivities started on Friday with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and intimate reception. This was a historic event for Tree House as we opened the doors to our new, state-of-the-art facility. We share this celebration and give many thanks to our supporters, donors, volunteers, and friends, both in Chicago and around the country, who helped make this dream a reality.

Guests Joined the Celebration

Thank you to everyone who visited.

Cutting the Ribbon

Pictured l to r: Ald. Debra Silverstein (Chicago’s 50th Ward), Colleen Currigan, DVM, Tree House Board President, and Kerri Burns, Tree House Interim Executive Director, cut the ribbon to officially open our new facility – Friday, July 28th.

And 22 Cats Found Forever Homes

We were thrilled that we adopted out 22 cats from Friday though Sunday (as many guests came back after meeting the cats on Saturday)! Thanks to everyone who gave a deserving cat a second chance.

Heated Floors, Catios, “Quiet” Cat Rooms, and More

Guests had a chance to see our new cat adoption rooms which feature floor to ceiling windows, heated floors, new cat towers which provide plenty of space to jump, scratch, run, and of course curl up for a nap, and sound proofing which significantly reduces noise and creates a calming environment for the cats. Plus, our unique “catios”, cat patios which provide opportunities for cats to venture outdoors for some fresh air.

Just the Beginning

Our Grand Opening Celebration represents new beginnings for Tree House. Over time, we anticipate doubling the number of cats we can help and adopt on an annual basis.

 

Tree House’s Catfe Lounge Opens Thurs. Aug. 3!

The kittens are excited and ready to welcome guests “whee!”

Uniquely located inside one of the premier cat shelters in the country, Tree House’s Purrfect Roast Catfé is more than a cafe with cats; it is an extension of Tree House’s work to save sick, injured, and stray cats.

Catfe Lounge Opens Thurs., Aug. 3

Complimentary Coffee and Tea to Guests

As the first cat cafe in Chicago, we are working closely with the City of Chicago on the finishing steps of the cafe side (beverage brew and purchase) of the Catfe prior to officially opening that to the public.

However, the Catfe Lounge is ready! And the kittens are waiting to hang out with guests. We will serve complimentary beverages to guests including various coffees and teas which can be taken into our Catfe Lounge. Plus, guests will have an opportunity to rate the choices and help us choose our menu. And all the cats in our Catfe are available for adoption.

Catfe Lounge Hours (Kitty Hugs Free of Charge!):

  • Mon & Tues: Noon – 5 p.m.
  • Closed Weds
  • Thur – Sun: Noon – 5 p.m.

Reservations Available: Call 773-262-4000

One-hour maximum time limit

Walk-ins Welcome:

Guests with reservations will have priority

Guest Limits:

The cats are first and foremost our priority. And the Catfe Lounge also doubles as one of our cat adoption rooms – it is the cats temporary home while they await their forever home. Therefore, the number of guests who can be in our Catfe Lounge will be limited to six at one time and, currently, there will be a one-hour time limit on visits to ensure the kittens do not become too overwhelmed.

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