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
Greetings Sponsors, I am very excited to take over this column in "Seen and Meowed - The Daily Mews you Need!" I'm writing to you from my desk at the Bucktown Branch. People here say I have quite a "nose for news!" Before this posh assignment, I was a scrappy reporter working the Humboldt Park beat. I am so grateful that a Good Samaritan rescued me and brought me to Tree House. My mouth was in such rough shape that I required dental surgery and could hardly do my job! I started out living at the Uptown Headquarters, where it was quickly discovered that I prefer the company of humans over cats. I spent some time in the Development Office but I could never get on a computer there - although I tried… So I packed my bags and traveled to the Bucktown office. There my daily routine involves basking in the affection of the humans who aim to keep me happy with treats and lots of playtime. My favorite toy, the ping pong ball, is especially fun to bat around and catch! I also love wearing jackets. My favorite is the microfiber/shearling one I’m sporting in my photo. It keeps me toasty on winter days and gives me an air of professionalism. It also draws visitors to me and this helps me gather more story leads! It's a win win! (check out a video of more of my "haute cat-ure") Anyway, welcome to Seen and Meowed. I hope you enjoy reading my take on life at the Bucktown Branch. 2016 is off to a great start. Thanks for all your support; we couldn’t do it without you! Yours Truly, Jeremiah Snaggletooth - Ace Reporter
Hey, nice to meet ya! I haven't been at Tree House long, but I know the ropes. I was transferred from Chicago Animal Care & Control (CACC) late this past September 2015. Yep - I'm one lucky guy! The girls here think I'm funny. A sense of humor goes a long way with the ladies (especially when you only have 1/2 a mustache)! (Sometimes the call me the Jokester!) I've been living with the Real Tree House Cats of Chicago has been a blast! It's like I'm back in my 3's (that's like 21 for you humans). I like to be a prankster and often hide when it's time for my shots and fluids. (I'm in renal failure - but it doesn't slow me down!) One time, no one could find me for quite awhile. I had lot's of people looking for me! I was in one of those "pirate patterned canoe beds" we sell at the store - yep, snuggled down in there on the top shelf of a bookcase. LOL! It was great fun - but I eventually popped my head out! They all laughed and took my picture like 40 times! It can get pretty busy here. Our new building is under construction, but we still need more donations to finish it. I hope you will all consider donating or spreading the word about how great it will be and how many more cats and people we will be able to help! I offered to go back to doing my stand-up routine to make some "extra scratch" for the new building - whatever it takes, right? Check our some of my routine! Also, here's a video of me with my firend, Chaw Malone, helping pack for the big move! Nice to meet you all! Catch ya' next time - Ronald
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
Well hi there! I'm quite a talker! I like to have conversations with people a lot. You should check out my video! I like having a room to my own. It's not that I don't like other cats. We may not always see paw to paw, but I actually care so much about other kitties that I’ve been known to attack others, humans and cats, when I hear a fellow feline in distress! Some call me a protector cat, but I’m no super hero. I just know how it feels to be sick and scared and I can’t help but try to make others feel better. I do have a hard time expressing myself sometimes though, so I’ve been trying to take tips from the counselors in my office. They’re so understanding and easy to talk to whether I’m feeling up or down. I’ve been feeling a little under the weather lately with my kidney disease and heart condition, but between the clinic’s extra attention and the warm laps of supportive friends, I think I’ll be okay while I wait for my fur-ever home. I’m so glad to have some more people to talk to now that I’m a sponsor cat! I’ll try to keep my letters short, but you know the name didn’t come from nowhere! TTYL! - Chatty Catty
Peaches & Hallie
Dear Sponsor, With a total of 22 years of Tree House residency between the two of us, I think Peaches and I are more than qualified for the job to be sponsor cats for Tree House! Peaches and I are best friends and socialize with a delightful bunch of senior kitties in the Sanctuary Room at Bucktown. We enjoy spending our days lounging atop the cages and discussing the goings-on below, or in warmer months, soaking up the sunshine on the newly renovated Catio. We do love getting to venture out for fresh air! My dear Peaches knows the ins and outs of this building quite well. She has been living here since Tree House acquired the Bucktown Branch from Furry Friends Foundation in 2007. Peaches is a very reserved cat around humans, but relishes her time with other cats - especially me! I was rescued from a warehouse back in 2003 and I am very grateful to have had a warm place with shelter, food and companionship for all these years. Humans love to admire our multi-colored fur from afar, and we make quite the pretty pair with our tortoiseshell and calico coats! We both love delicious snacks (and kind words, of course)! The sound of a bag of cat treats inspires greater confidence in us to be amongst humans! But we don’t let our age and fondness of food keep us from staying fit and active. I have been known to do fierce battle with the Cat Charmer, while Peaches excels at laser pointer sports! We can’t wait to keep our sponsors updated on the excitement of shelter life. We hope you enjoy reading our tales as much as we enjoy sharing them! Until next time, Hallie and Peaches
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Recent Adoptions from our Sponsor Cat Program!
Athens - Adopted! - New Sponsor cat is Chatty Catty!
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 cats are Peaches & Hallie!
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!
Max - Adopted! - New Sponsor cat is Ronald!
One of our cerebellar cats adopted! Doing pawesome in his new home with lots of toys, treats and extra scatter rugs to help get him around. He's still charming everyone he meets!
Jax - Adopted! - New Sponsor cat is Ronald!
Another one of our cerebellar cats adopted! Jax is having a meow-arvelous time exploring his new place, watching TV, sitting on laps, playing with toys and still burrowing under blankets from time to time!
Mr. Green Beans - Adopted! - New Sponsor cat is Jeremiah!
Can you believe that our once feral, colony cat, Mr. Green Beans has now an indoor cat?! After his buddy, Big Al passed away, Beans started hanging out at the colony down the street in search of friends. He found a caretaker with that special touch. On a super cold Chicago winter day, she brought him inside. He will sleep on her bed, has sat on her lap, and even given her a head butt from time to time! Mr. Green Beans has not only found a new life indoors, but a new home full of love.