Sponsor a Special Needs Cat
And help many others like them.
These special needs cats rarely receive a second chance and are typically labeled as untreatable or unadoptable. These animals are often refused admission to shelters, or worse, euthanized. However, not at Tree House.
We remain steadfast in our commitment to help these special cats and believe every animal deserves a second chance. The Sponsor Cats featured below represent so many of the animals that we rescue. These cats suffer from chronic illnesses or conditions, are older, injured, shy or aloof, or might be anxious.
Make a Difference to Some of the Neediest Cats
Your generous Special Needs Cat Sponsorship helps provide life-saving medical treatments and medication, vaccinations, food, and shelter to the many sick and injured cats we admit on an annual basis. Because of your support, we are able to rescue some of Chicago's neediest cats, and provide them with the care and comfort they deserve until they are adopted even if that means housing them for months, years, or throughout their life. As little as $20 a month can have a tremendous impact.
How it Works
What you’ll get:
- Quarterly updates on the progress of your cat, including behavior and medical information and a keepsake photocard with a message from your cat!
- An open invitation to call, visit, or email us any time to check on the well-being of your cat
Many sponsors like to send gifts to their cats. If you choose to do so, we prefer:
- Low-carb Treats (i.e., fish flakes, freeze-dried meat treats, etc.)
- Easy to clean toys (ping pong balls,small washable fabric toys, wand toys, etc)
- Beds and blankets (again the easier to wash, the better)
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Renton came to Tree House in Spring 2013, badly injured with puncture wounds, consistent with dog bites, exposed muscles, fractured teeth, a torn lip, and a cloudy eye. He was admitted to Tree House for emergency treatment as he also suffered from cysts, roundworms, fleas, and ear mites. His injuries, even after intensive care, left him with permanent facial paralysis. It was also discovered during his treatment that he was FIV+ and now resides in the Sycamore Room at Tree House Uptown Headquarters. While Renton's face may not be capable of expressing the range of emotion he would like to share, it is ever clear that Renton beams with love and devotion for his human caretakers. He has a gentle nature and gets along very well with the other feline residents and can be quite the adventurer. He adores playing quiet, interactive games, such as batting at the end of sticks gliding steathily under linens and loves a good nap in cuddly blankets. Sponsor Renton today if you love sweet, orange boys, who have a bedtime story to tell of their chivalrous adventures.
Dijon was part of the same feral cat group as recently passed sponsor cat, Jean Luc, and was one of 40 semi-feral cats who, for various reaons, had been taken into another shelter instead of being returned to their respective feral colonies. Dijon was rescued when he had an injured paw. He was then found to be FIV+ and his rescuer decided it was best to keep him inside. Having had little human contact in life, he was very frightened and wary of people when he came to Tree House. Dijon has experienced a couple of health issues in the past few years, including a chronic skin irritation and dental problems. The good news is that since being transferred to Tree House, Dijon has made enormous strides in his socialization. Dijon now allows people to pet him and has even begun to especially appreciate chin scratches; an extraordinary step for a once-feral cat! This cat is very laid back and a general cool character. He spends his days relaxing in baskets and seems to have an affinity for the jazz station played in his room. He also loves making new friends and cuddle buddies. If you enjoy easy-going cats, this is the sponsor cat for you.
Shimmy was admitted to Tree House in March 2006. She was aptly named, after she had somehow "shimmied" to the top of a utility pole and then became stuck. There were few resources to help her down, and she became a bit of a celebrity when her predicament gained local media attention. Tree House staffers became aware of her plight after she had likely been perched atop the pole for a day or two. Thankfully, a Chicago utility company came to her aid. Upon arriving at Tree House, and despite her ordeal, she was in good health. She struggled with adjusting to shelter life, and it became apparent that she can definitely become easily overstimulated. While she doesn't get along well with other cats, Shimmy enjoys the company of humans. Her tolerance for being touched has improved significantly since she arrived. She now tolerates a few gentle pets at a time and enjoys being groomed. She truly is a special cat and those interacting with her simply need to remain calm and pay attention to her body language. She resides at our Chicago, Bucktown Branch and greets visitors with a chirp. She has lots of fans, and some of her favorite toys include paper tunnels, boxes, and wand toys. She is a simple cat with a great personality.
At the end of 2012, a very kind woman began fostering 16 cats that had recently been rescued from a hoarding situation when their owner fell ill. She was able to find homes for 15 of them, but contacted Tree House when finding a home for Winking Willow proved to be more difficult. When this lovely little lady came to us in January of 2013, it was very clear that her health had suffered as a result of her overpopulated previous home. She had extensive dental issues and was covered in skin lesions that puzzled our clinic staff at first. Despite any amount of affection a hoarder has for his or her many furry companions, these situations tend to leave cats without the proper nutrition, sanitation, and veterinary care. Thankfully, once at Tree House, Winking Willow's health conditions could be identified and treated. After countless tests and treatments on her ulcerations, she finally showed signs of improvement when given an antihistamine. We now know that her skin condition was a result of a food allergy. She is currently living with her FIV+, close friend, Orvis, in a private condo (they never fight, so no need to worry about contracting the disease!) in order to maintain her restrictive diet - even a single treat could irritate her skin for weeks! Cats like Winking Willow and her late best friend, Aggie, deserve our help. Support this special cat and give her a chance at a healthy and happy life.
Famous for rubbing his face on the feet of Tree House visitors and staff, Whitman is one of our most well-known, first-floor resident cats. He came to us in May of 2013 after a long and brutal journey. As a kitten, Whitman was carelessly thrown from a second story window and was left seriously injured. Although someone took him and his littermates in, this individual was anything but a savior for Whitman. A woman found him abandoned outside in a plastic bag and, upon learning of his troubling story, sought out a forever home for the injured kitten. Everything seemed to come together for Whitman when Craigslist respondents adopted him, but his story didn't end with them either. The compassionate woman eventually learned that Whitman was once again abandoned and was transferred to CACC. Given his injuries, it was only a matter of time before he would have been euthanized. Thankfully, Whitman's caretaker caught wind of his status in time and was able to reach out to Tree House for help. Once in our care, Whitman finally received the veterinary attention that he desperately needed and deserved. X-rays revealed that his fall left him with a traumatic spinal injury - his vertebrae were compressed - the damage was permanent. While his injuries have left him with bladder control issues and a wobbly stature, his experiences have not affected his willingness to love. He affectionately takes all first-floor kittens under his wing and showers them and everyone else around him with cuddles and kisses. Whitman deserves all of the love he can get and, now that Sally has found her forever home, we hope compassionate sponsors continue to support him and his fellow special needs friends.
Big Al & Mr. Green Beans
You can sponsor not one, but two of our handsome, rugged teddy bears of the cat world! These two cats are the dynamic duo of alpha cats in the Tree House backyard colony. While these two cats are feral, they are curious and inquisitive - eager to check out visitors from a distance. Mr. Green Beans is a large, black male who was trapped in November of 2009 by a Tree House staffer. He was the daddy of a large litter of black kittens who we had previously trapped and admitted. Mr. Green Beans tested positive for FIV, but was otherwise in good health, and we decided he would do well in the backyard colony at Tree House's Uptown Headquarters. Mr. Green Beans can become pretty stressed out if people get too close, however, he has acclimated well to his new territory and can be seen roaming the neighborhood or sunbathing on the cat tree in the yard with his friend, Big Al. Big Al was abandoned on our front steps in June of 2011. When we found him in a carrier, he was very frightened and did not want to be touched or examined. He stayed in our clinic office for a couple of weeks and tested positive for FIV. Big Al is a burly, gray male and was truly feral. We determined that he would have a happier life in our backyard cat colony with Mr. Green Beans. To help with his acclimation, Big Al was placed outside in a carrier so he and Mr. Green Beans could get to know one another. The two soon became good friends and can be seen rubbing one another or curled up together basking in the afternoon sun either in the outdoor cat tree or snuggled together in a pile of leaves. If you like big guys who are teddy bears at heart, these two males are for you. When you sponsor Big Al & Mr. Green Beans, you support them and the thousands of cats who live in colonies throughout Chicago who are sponsored by Tree House. Additionally, you help support our FIV colony room, which is the largest in the Midwest.