The Community Cats program focuses on outdoor cats and finding long-term living solutions for them. For those that are stray or abandoned, Tree House rehomes them through our adoption program. For those that are feral and for whom the outdoors is their home, managed community colonies provide healthy, nurturing environments.

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Community Cat hiding near trash cans during trapping project.

In 2007, Cook County passed the Managed Care of Feral Cats ordinance, which permits the creation of managed feral cat colonies. Tree House manages over 1,000 colonies that are home to more than 4,000 outdoor cats. Colony caretakers are registered with Cook County and receive training and support from Tree House. Caretakers are responsible for providing food, water and shelter to the cats in their care. Caretakers are also expected to spay or neuter the cats in the colony. They trap and bring their cats to Tree House’s in-shelter clinic to be neutered, vaccinated and micro-chipped. Click here to apply to become a colony caretaker. 


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