Heroes Wanted! Sponsor a Special Needs Cat Today!
Will you be our next hero? Your generous 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. Your support allows us to rescue and provide some of Chicago's neediest cats with the care and comfort they deserve while they wait for their fur-ever home. Special needs cats rarely receive a second chance and are typically labeled as untreatable or unadoptable. Many other shelters automatically euthanize them, if they even accept them at all. At Tree House, we recognize the value of any life and work hard to help those who need it most. Our sponsor cats featured below represent so many of the special needs animals that we rescue. Read on to find out what it means to be a sponsor parent for these amazing cats.
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Bella Bunny & Absolut
Hi! Bella Bunny and Absolut here. We're happy to be part of the sponsor cat program. Absolut is pretty shy still, so I'll start you off with our story. We had been living in the home of a licensed rescue in Evanston, IL, but then our founder and sole benefactor got sick with cancer. I know how hard that can be since I have mammary cancer myself. Since our caretaker was very sick, she hired people to care for all the cats - about 100 total. But it was too much for her to monitor and we didn't get the same care. It was a scary situation for everyone. On the day she passed away after her long battle with cancer, we were all sad and worried about what would become of us, but our luck changed. First, our caretaker's children wanted to honor their mother's memory and save us. Second, they got in touch with Tree House! Tree House treated our medical issues, cared for us, and adopted a bunch of us out right from the home. About half of us, like myself and Absolut (we are both FIV+), were admitted to the Tree House shelter. Absolut and I have really bonded through all of the heartbreak and experiences we've shared. I struggle with a loss of eyesight, but Absolut has been by my side through it all and together we comfort each other. While we are still a bit afraid, there are some really nice people at Tree House who have been helping us come out of our shells. - Love, Bella Bunny & Absolut
Athens - Adopted! - New Sponsor cat to be announced soon.
Athens was recently adopted by one of our caring and dedicated clinic staff! He went to his new family to meet more cat friends and check out his new home. We'll give you all an update on how he's doing in our Spring sponsor letter!
Martin & Bobby Dipple - Adopted! - New Sponsor cat to be announced soon.
The Dipple brothers were adopted! Their mission to find a new home is complete. We'll give you all an update on how he's doing in our Spring sponsor letter!
Hello fabulous potential sponsor! My name is Shimmy. I was admitted to Tree House in March 2006. Everyone says I was aptly named, after I had somehow "shimmied" to the top of a utility pole and then became stuck. There were not a lot of ways to help get me down, and I became a bit of a celebrity when my predicament gained local media attention. (So I'm a bit of a celeb!) Tree House staffers became aware of my plight after I had been perched atop the pole for a day or two. Thankfully, a Chicago utility company came to my aid. Upon arriving at Tree House, and despite my ordeal, I was luckily in good health. I struggled adjusting to shelter life, and I can become anxious and easily overstimulated. I don't really get along well with other cats, but I do enjoy the company of humans. Now I'll allow a few gentle pets and I enjoy being groomed. I also have some favorite toys. If you come visit me, please bring out the paper tunnels, boxes, and "magic" wand toys and watch me go! I have a lot of fans, and like to greet visitors with a little chirp. Since I have my own private condo at the Bucktown Branch, it's easy to come spend quality time with me! Come up and see me sometime! - Stay Fabulous, Shimmy
Max & Jax
Hiya! Max here! This all happened so fast! It's like a whirlwind — which if it was an actual whirlwind (do those exist?), we'd have to be careful. My brother Jax & I don't have the best coordination since we were both born with cerebellar hypoplasia. It's a neurological disorder that messes up our fine motor skills and makes it harder for us to walk steady. The staff takes great care of us and provide therapy by putting us in this sling thing that supports us as we walk. What's good about this is that our walking improves AND we get treats! My brother Jax doesn't get around as well as I do. It's scary sometimes since we fall often. Jax likes his bed in the clinic - sometimes he even sleeps under them! He's so silly! Lately, he has been coming out more though! We have to be brave! I like to explore, so I get around better. I can even run! It's more like a gallop — but I don't care — just as long as I get where I'm going. This is usually trying to get into the Development office. All the girls there give me treats, pets, and ooo and ahhh over me. They all say I'm the cutest ever! So of course I want to get in there! I feel like I've rambled on. We are soooo lucky! Now if Jax and I could just find a home, we'd be all set! - Hugs, Max & Jax
Mr. Green Beans
Hey, they call me Mr. Green Beans. They also call me the "rugged teddy bear of the cat world!" I like the sound of that. It has a nice ring to it. I was trapped in November of 2009 by a Tree House staffer. I was the daddy of a large litter of black kittens who had been trapped and admitted before me. When they got me in the clinic, they said I tested positive for FIV, but was otherwise in good health. (I heard the clinic staff say that FIV causes a weakening of my immune system. I didn't like hearing that, but since they have the largest FIV colony room in the Midwest, I figure I'm getting top notch care here - when I let them trap me for vet visits...) Since I was feral and very wary of people, they let me stay in the backyard colony at Tree House's Uptown Headquarters. I can become pretty stressed out if people get too close. I'm interested in humans, but like to check you out from a distance. I like my outdoor territory and you can spot me roaming the neighborhood or sunbathing on the cat tree in the yard. I used to have a buddy that lived out there with me, Big Al. Poor Al passed away in 2015 and I've been pretty lonely. I started going between the Tree House backyard colony and the one down the street. I've been meeting some new cats to hang out with and a nice lady who gives me food, shelter (including a heated garage), and sometimes I let her brush me! If you like big guys who are teddy bears at heart, then I'm your sponsor cat! When you sponsor me, you support me, the FIV colony room, and the thousands of cats who live in colonies throughout Chicago who are sponsored by Tree House! - Catch ya' later, GB