Tree House Humane Society is a managed admission shelter focused on supporting community cats and the registered colony caregivers that care for them. To manage our capacity, we accept scheduled admission appointments from colony caregivers with found, friendly cats. 

For admission outside of these circumstances, we recommend Chicago Animal Care and Control or Anti-Cruelty Society where each animal can be reunited with their owner, adopted, or transferred into another organization. In support of these facilities providing immediate admission and care, Tree House partners with Chicago Animal Care and Control to transfer cats back into our care, furthering our vision to see every cat thrive.

What to Do If You’ve Found A Cat:

In Chicago, thousands of stray cats are found every year. They may be pets that have been separated from their families, stray cats that were born on the streets, or feral cats that are part of a managed colony.  If you find a cat, here are some steps you can take:

  1. If the cat is friendly and approachable, it may very likely be someone’s pet. Post photos of the cat on local social media groups including Lost Cats Illinois or talk with neighbors.
  2. Get the cat to a veterinarian to scan for a microchip. Be sure to ask for ownership verification if reunited with the owner.
  3. Post signs around your neighborhood and in your local community Facebook pages.
  4. If you are unable to locate a guardian, you can take the cat to your local animal control facility. Three of them in Chicago are:

Tree House’s mission is to focus on stray cats. Therefore, we are a managed-admission shelter and do not accept owner surrenders.