We Need a Loving Home

Toby is an incredibly sweet cat who was TNRed (trap-neuter-return) as part of Tree House’s Community Cats program when he was approximately a year old. Toby tested positive for FIV (feline immunodeficiency virus) but other than that was in good health. At one point, we thought Toby would be a good candidate for Tree House’s Cats at Work program. This program places community cats (or outdoor cats) in a managed outdoor colony where they have a caretaker who provides the cats with shelter, food, and veterinary care. These cats then provide “green” rodent control; their presence alone is often enough to deter rats from an area. However, it was soon apparent that Toby was incredibly friendly. He was also closely bonded to another cat named Pegasus.

Toby and Pegasus were placed together in a foster home, and their loving and gentle sides further emerged. Over time, the cats’ foster parent became attached to the boys and wanted to adopt them. Unfortunately, it was not meant to be, and Toby and Pegasus were placed on our adoption floor. The pair was so tightly bonded that it was important for them to be adopted together, making it more challenging for them to find a forever home. The two cats waited a year and a half before they were finally adopted. It was wonderful to receive updates on how well Toby and Pegasus were settling into home life. Sadly, due to no fault of their own, the cats were returned to Tree House this past May, shortly after celebrating their one-year adoption anniversary.

Upon his return, Toby was diagnosed with several health concerns including early signs of a URI (upper respiratory infection), something that can become very serious for an FIV+ cat if not quickly managed. Tree House was in the midst of moving into our new shelter, and Toby was one of the first cats to stay in our new clinic isolation ward to recuperate. Meanwhile, Toby’s cat brother, Pegasus, was placed on a wet food diet to assist with his weight and health. We transitioned Toby to an all-wet-food diet so that he was able to join his brother in one of our new cat adoption colonies for cats on wet-food only diets.

The pair was among the first residents of our new shelter and quickly made themselves at home in one of our new adoption rooms. This duo has become quite the shelter ambassadors since our July opening. Both cats are sweet when meeting new people and have a tendency to show-off, playing and chasing one another. They love hanging out on our “catios” (cat patios) as well as receiving attention from visitors. The cats enjoy children and welcome cuddles and pets from many of our youngest visitors.

Both Toby and Pegasus have moved around quite a bit in their lives and are ready to settle into a home together. If you are interested in meeting these two wonderful cats – learn more about Tree House adoption here. Plus, help us spread the word about these loving, happy guys.

Black Cat Ball – What a Night

We are incredibly grateful to everyone who attended the 2017 Black Cat Ball and helped us raise tens of thousands of dollars to support our work to help the cats who need and deserve our care.

Guests enjoyed live music, passed hors d’ oeuvres, wine and cocktails, and a seated dinner.

A special thank you to Fox 32 Chicago News anchor and reporter, Natalie Bomke, who hosted the night which featured live music, video presentation, and live and silent auctions.

Black Cat Bash a Blast!

What a wonderful night! We were thrilled to welcome approximately 200 guests who had an opportunity to enjoy Tree House’s new shelter in a unique way.

Guests enjoyed many delectable tastings from a variety of some of Chicago’s best restaurants. A big thank you to all our incredible participants including Hub 51, Swirlz Cupcakes, Wow Bao, M Burger, The Bad Apple, and Food Life.

Visitors also enjoyed specialty cocktails, wine, and beer along with a live DJ on the patio. And had a chance to win some great prizes at our raffles!

Helping Cats in Need

All proceeds from this event support our work to save, rehabilitate, and adopt cats in need!

We are grateful to everyone who made this, our first fundraising event at our new facility, a success – the cats are the real winners!

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.

Location:

A Very Grand Opening + ABC7 Windy City LIVE

What a Celebration!

We were thrilled to welcome more than 300 guests to our Grand Opening Celebration this past Saturday.

This was a historic weekend for Tree House as we cut the ribbon on 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.

The festivities began on Friday with an intimate gathering for our Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and a private reception.

(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)

More than 300 Guests Joined the Celebration

On Saturday, we were thrilled to welcome hundreds of guests who joined in our public Grand Opening celebration! Thank you to everyone who visited.

And 22 Cats Found Forever Homes

Plus, we adopted out 12 cats on Fri & Sat combined, and 10 more found homes on Sunday as many guests came back after meeting the cats!

Introducing Purrfect Roast Catfe

We also gave everyone a sneak peek of our cat cafe – the Purrfect Roast Catfe, prior to officially opening to the public.

Windy City LIVE (ABC7) Stopped By the Catfe Today!

And, we were thrilled to welcome Windy City LIVE – ABC7 to Tree House today to check out Tree House and the Catfe – Check out the video! Watch our website for more details to come about the Catfe, special tastings, and opening.

We are excited for what the future holds and for all the sick, injured, and stray cats we will be able to help – who will have a second chance.

Thank you to everyone!

 

Grand Opening @ Tree House’s New Facility

You’re Invited – Help Us Celebrate the Future

On Friday, July 28th and Saturday, July 29th (see schedule below), we’ll celebrate a Grand Opening Weekend for our new, state-of-the-art, animal shelter. Our new facility is one of the most innovative animal shelters in the country and the largest cat-focused shelter in the state of Illinois. Forward-thinking from its inception, Tree House’s new shelter, located at 7225 N. Western Ave, Chicago, is a model for what animal sheltering can be and exemplifies how far animal welfare has progressed.

“This facility changes the way many people think about animal shelters,” stated Tree House Interim Executive Director, Kerri Burns. “This new shelter provides an enriched, cage-free environment designed to reduce stress on the cats, improving their quality of stay until they find a home. And our new resident clinic enables us to provide advanced, in-house care to seriously injured and ill cats.”

New Facility Benefits

  • Cat catios (enclosed outdoor cat patios) providing fresh air and outdoor access for cats
  • Diverse cat adoption rooms equipped with heated floors, calming spaces, expansive windows and healthy stimulation options
  • Modernized, in-house veterinary clinic providing advanced veterinary care to resident cats and expanded care for cats with serious injuries and illnesses

Saving More Cats

In 2016, Tree House placed more than 1,000 cats in loving homes. Over time, this new facility will enable us to more than double the number of cats rescued and placed each year.

Grand Opening Weekend Schedule of Events

  •  Ribbon Cutting Ceremony – Friday, July 28, 10:00 a.m.
  •  Public Grand Opening – Saturday, July 29, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
    • Guided tours will be available during this time
    • Introducing the cat cafe

Adopted: From Outdoors to a New Home for FeLV+ Cat

Queen Victoria, who is FeLV+ (Feline Leukemia Virus Positive), was recently adopted into a wonderful home!

This snuggly, sweet, and active girl had been living outdoors, however, it was apparent that she was an incredibly friendly cat who needed a good home, and in January, 2017, she was admitted to Tree House. When she arrived, Victoria was covered with fleas and understandably a bit cautious. She was also FeLV+.

Feline Leukemia Virus, also known as “FeLV,” is the cause of a variety of diseases. It is not cancer, but instead an incurable retrovirus that compromises a cat’s immune system making them more susceptible to other illnesses. FeLV is specific to cats and does not pose a risk to other animals or people. Read more about FeLV here.

Last year, Tree House created a pop-up FeLV+ adoption room, the first of it’s kind in Chicago. Previously, FeLV+ cats were placed in foster homes and did not have as much of an opportunity to meet potential adopters. We were also grateful to have received grant funding from the ASPCA Lil’ BUB’s Big Fund to support the cost of care for FeLV+ cats and help cats like Victoria get the home they deserve.

The success of our FeLV+ adoption room has been wonderful and enabled us to not only adopt more FeLV+ cats but educate visitors and potential adopters about FeLV+ and led to our FeLV+ adoption room becoming a permanent part of our shelter headquarters.

At first, Victoria took some time to adjust in a foster home and was then placed in our FeLV+ adoption room. She is an incredibly affectionate cat who loves being held and would chat “hello” to anyone who walked her way! It was a happy day when a lovely adopter came in to meet a furry friend who could co-exist with their dog. The adopter fell in love with Victoria and decided to give her the home she had been waiting a very long time.

More Happy “Home Comings”

Also recently adopted:

  • Tofutti Cutie
  • Suzuki
  • Micro Shimmy
  • Gris the Tamale
  • Fuzzy Wuzzy
  • Tavaras
  • Rosie Day
  • Celery
  • Sassy Kat
  • Regular Sized Rudy
  • Fidelma
  • Aoli
  • Rainbow Roll
  • Tempura Roll
  • Unagi
  • Crunch Roll
  • Achak
  • Moon River
  • Snoopy Shnuffleupagus