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.

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

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 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.

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!