Kitten Conundrum: Where Do They Go Until They’re Ready?

Hey you. Yeah, you there. I’ll bet you like kittens. It might be a little or you might already be wearing one on your t-shirt right now. If they’re not on your shirt, they might be on your socks. If they’re not on your socks, they’re probably on your mind. We know they’re definitely on OUR minds here at Tree House because it is just about to be kitten season. And what happens during kitten season? Kittens arrive. And then they need medical care. And food. And love. And they need to grow. Why? So we can spay and neuter them so they can go on to lead a long, fruitful life as someone’s best friend while not bearing any kitten-like fruit.

Now, let’s talk about the rub, for there is indeed a rub: Kittens aren’t generally spayed or neutered until they’re at least 2 lbs, which is around two months or later, depending on their health when they come in, and they can’t be admitted to our colonies until they’ve had their surgeries and vaccinations. So, where do the kittens go from the time we get them until they’re ready?

FOSTER.

This is from your writer’s private stash of foster photos. That’s Tot. I fostered her for Tree House in 2014 and I got to watch her grow up as I got updates from her adopter. They were too young to survive without their mom.

That word deserves its own paragraph because that’s how important it is. If you want to directly save a life, you foster. You see, if Tree House (or any rescue, for that matter) has open foster homes, we can pull more kittens from CACC because we know we have a safe place to keep them. If we have no place to keep them, we can’t pull as many. Every foster home equals AT LEAST one life saved. And if you take a whole litter of kittens? MORE lives saved!

Tree House needs two things right now: Long-term fosters and emergency fosters. If you are able to keep newborn kittens in a safe place for up to 72 hours, we need you. Those 72 hours are crucial and give us a place to stash these little critters while we find them the other thing we’re looking for: long-term fosters.

Our long term fosters will keep the kittens until they’re ready for the adoption floor. This is usually from 6 weeks to a few months.

Imagine it: you watch them grow, you love them, you scoop their boxes, play with them, enjoy them, and then, you set them free. Not back into the street, obviously, but into Tree House where they’ll find the homes of their dreams, all because of you.

We need you. THEY need you.

Are you ready to save a life? Click here to start.

Love,

Tree House.

PS If you want a little experience before you accept your first foster friend, come to our Kitten Shower & Foster Recruitment Event this coming May 5, from 11 am to 1 pm. We’ll play some games, provide some foster information, have some snacks, and we MAY have a visit from some kittens. It’s $10 per person, RSVP required.

Can’t make it? Send our little ones a gift. Kittens have wishes, too! Click here to view our Kitten Wishlist on Amazon.

Black Cat Bash 2018 Photo Gallery

What a Party!

This year’s Black Cat Bash was a great night of food, fun, and furry friends. We had guests from throughout Chicagoland as well as from across the country! Proceeds from this event support our work to save sick, injured, and stray cats. Thanks to all our wonderful supporters. A big thank you as well to our tasting partners — Amazing Edibles, The Bad Apple, BUB CITY, Dream Cakes, Foodlife, HUB 51, Octavio Cantina & Kitchen, RPM Steak, and Wow Bao, for the incredible food!

Thanks to everyone who supported the Bash. The homeless cats who were at the shelter that night were intrigued by all the activity, and it truly was all for them. Thank you for being a part of helping save their lives!

To: TreeHouseHumaneSociety

Photos provided by Susie at CrimsonCatStudios.com

Holiday Open House & Lighting Ceremony Highlights

We are grateful to everyone who joined us for our first Holiday Open House since moving into our new shelter. We were glad to welcome nearly 250 Tree House friends and supporters to celebrate the season at our new home. The evening featured our Lights of Love Lighting Ceremony during which we lit thousands of lights as a symbol of the Tributes our supporters made to honor and remember the special people and pets in their lives.

A Night to Remember and Honor

Thank you to everyone who donated for a Tribute Light. What a wonderful way to celebrate someone special in your life while giving back to homeless cats. We cherish the beloved people and pets whom have been lost with white lights and celebrate those still in our lives with multi-colored lights.

Stop by at This Special Time of Year – The lights will remain lit throughout the month of December. You can still make a Tribute Light donation for a beloved person or pet and learn more – here. We welcome everyone to stop by during the holiday season to see the shelter “dressed” for the holidays.

Guests enjoyed refreshments, the cats (who were eager to greet visitors – the kittens enjoyed showing off a bit), our silent auction, and meeting new friends and fellow animal lovers.

A kitten named Dabble also made an appearance. Dabble was abandoned on our front ledge just a few weeks ago. He had been left in a shoe box, unable to move his back legs. Learn more about his heartwarming story of perseverance here.

Thank You & Happy Holidays

It really is all about the cats and together we are making a difference in their lives. Proceeds from this event as well as Tribute Light donations are an important part of helping us continue our work.

Wishing everyone a wonderful holiday season

~ Your friends at Tree House

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!

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