Sponsor a Special Needs Cat
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 their admission 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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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.
Athens, also known to his foster dad as Purfessor X, is a young cat with a long journey. Every day our counselors field phone calls from people seeking help with found cats and kittens. Last December, one of our amazing counselors was puzzled by a call from a woman describing a kitten she found who seemed severely injured. The caller was walking around in the Humbolt Park neighborhood and after hearing a tiny mew decided to investigate. She peeked under a garbage bin down an alley and found a small two or three month old kitten who appeared to be in dire need of medical attention. She took him in from the wintery streets and called Tree House immediately. Her description of a young kitten with a crooked body that couldn’t use his back legs worried our counselor. Still, everybody was confused. Despite his apparent disability, he was as friendly and playful as you’d expect any average kitten to be. Clearly he needed to be examined by a professional to know more. The caller graciously offered to take him to a vet and everything started to come together. X-rays revealed little Athens was suffering from an old, untreated spinal fracture. His posture and inability to use his back legs are not reversible through surgery, but through daily physical and joint therapy sessions, we hope he can learn to cope with his unique stature. We will never know what happened to Athens before he was found, but we do know if it weren’t for Tree House, and people like you, he could have died at the mercy of the icy streets of Chicago. Lucky for him, not only was he brought in from the cold, but his savior knew the chances of a cat in his state making it at a traditional shelter were slim and called us instead. Now he has a second chance to live and maybe even walk! Support Athens today if you want to get to know a resilient kitten with a spunky attitude.
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.
Max & Jax
Gentle and loving, Max Poncho and his brother Jax Honcho came to us from Hobart, Indiana, where their pregnant mother had been vaccinated one month prior to giving birth. She had four kittens, two of which were healthy and normal. The other two (Max and Jax), were born with cerebellar hypoplasia, a neurological disorder that causes them to have shaky movement and difficulties balancing. They’ll always be wobbly, but they don’t know any different so it doesn’t seem to cause them distress. In time, they will figure out tricks to help get around. In the meantime, Max is livin' it up on the first floor! He loves exploring, playing with toys, and meeting all the other residents. Ultimately, he wants to cuddle with his brother in a soft bed. Jax seems to have it a little harder than Max, and is less active. But every once in awhile we see him exploring! He can always be coaxed into playing! He loves other cats, and can frequently be seen cuddling with whomever will groom him. They are both super cute and sweet.
Mr. Green Beans
Sponsor our handsome, rugged teddy bear of the cat world! Mr. Green Beans is one of our feral cats that lives between the Tree House backyard colony and the one done the street. (Two homes are better - twice the food and treats!) While he is feral, he is 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. If you like big guys who are teddy bears at heart, then Mr. Green Beans is for you! When you sponsor Mr. Green Beans, you support him 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.