Thursday, November 12, 2015

Celebrating Our Senior Alums!

November is Adopt A Senior Pet Month so we will take this opportunity to share with you updates on our CCR alums that were rescued and adopted as seniors. 

Forever dad Eric and his love Sabrina
Two years ago I saw senior tortie Sabrina on CCR's Facebook. She was in need of a foster home and I had recently settled into a new condo. After she moved in I immediately knew I was going to adopt her
permanently. She is a confident, sweet, and playful lady. At this point I couldn't imagine not having her in my life. It is a rewarding feeling to be able to give a senior animal a chance to live out their remaining years with comfort and love. Despite her age, Sabrina still plays like a kitten. When she is not in play mode, she loves sitting in laps and cuddling. I would encourage anyone looking to adopt a pet to consider senior animals as an option.

Forever dad Steve and his hunky Pee Wee and his rockin' Missy
I adopted Pee Wee about Summer 2012.  My longtime feline companion, Cleo, had passed away in January 2012 at 16 1/2 years old. I'd had Cleo since she was just weaned at 6 weeks of age. Pee Wee came into our lives thanks to CCR, as my other senior cat Malibu (a rescue) had not adjusted well to Cleo's absence even though she and Cleo had never bonded closely.  Pee Wee - the handsome, big built Tux that he is - instantly won my heart with his gentleness and loving nature.  It would not be until the next winter that he and Malibu would bond and start grooming each other and snuggling together, but they grew close.

So when Malibu passed suddenly in August 2014, Pee Wee and I were both heartbroken.  I gave us both a few months to grieve, but Pee Wee was obviously lonely so I reached out to Cindy and CCR once again to discuss adopting another senior as a companion for Pee Wee (and myself).  Missy came directly to us via CCR as a rescue from a high kill shelter in Indiana.  Like Pee Wee, Missy adjusted quickly to her new home. They are still working on their relationship, but Dad suspects that they secretly snuggle while he is away at work, etc.  They certainly like to play chase and have "boxing" matches when I am at home.

I first adopted Pee Wee as a senior as I did not feel it fair to Malibu to bring in a much younger cat, especially since she was such a laid back diva.  But when really thinking about it all, it was also because I know that seniors are often overlooked.  Many folks just don't want to deal with the reality that a senior will only be a part of their lives for a few years (if that). But that doesn't mean that they are any less deserving of a loving home where they can live full lives for however ever long they might have - whether it be one year, two or ten more. Then came Missy, another senior, and I've pretty much made up my mind -  I'll forever be a guy that provides a home for a senior cat or two in need of love, comfort and a place to enjoy a good life until time to cross the rainbow bridge. I'm no spring chicken myself, so the mature yet playful nature of a senior is a good match for us all.

Forever mom and dad Joy and Jonathan and their meowl Miss Chrissy

A year ago an eighteen-year old calico skeleton with gangly legs was delivered to our apartment and took residence under the bed in the spare room, from which occasional screeches emerged. This was Miss Chrissy, deaf, hyperthyroid, emaciated, and suffering from kidney failure and muscular weakness in her hind legs. Her owner had died, no relative could take her, and the owner’s niece was caring for her daily - except "daily" seemed to mean "weekly." The only object which was overflowing in the empty apartment was the litter box. A year later, Miss Screech Owl, rescued by Chicago Cat Rescue, is still gangly and skinny, has taken charge of the top of the bed and is highly motivated to displace the other cats, one by one, from their food dishes with a baleful stare and stealthy approach. She prefers to begin her day around 5:30 a.m. with FOOD, and she announces herself - usually on your head - with her trademark screech (which she cannot hear). She is a spunky, quirky and amusing kitty whom we love very much. Adopt an older cat!

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Cats are back! Chicago Cat Rescue and Tree House Humane Society team up, for the 3rd year in a row, to bring Walker Art Center’s (MN) wildly popular Internet Cat Video Festival back to Chicago. 

The 75-minute film features the best cat videos the Internet has to offer. This year's all-new film is curated by Will Braden, the creator of the Henri Le Chat Noir videos and recipient of the festival’s first Golden Kitty (People’s Choice) Award. The Chicago stop of the Internet Cat Video Festival will be hosted by Mike Bridavsky and his special needs celebrity cat, Lil Bub, who stars in Lil Bub & Friendz, a documentary, and Lil Bub’s Big Show on Animal Planet.

Film Show Times: 1:00, 4:30, 8:00

Advanced tickets $15.00 (Day-Of $20.00)
*kids 3 and under are free

Purchase Film Tickets:

100% of the proceeds from the Chicago Internet Cat Video Festival benefits the cats of Chicago Cat Rescue and Tree House Humane Society!


Lil Bub Meet and Greets: 11:00 AM, 3:00, 6:30

Very few things in life have the power to shoot lasers made out of rainbows and annihilate a horrible day. That's why the gods of cute sent us the one and only Lil Bub! She's cute, she's magical, she comes from outer space (obviously!) and best of all she is real! Everyone's favorite magic space cat, Lil Bub, and her dude, Mike, will be doing a super special meet and greet before the start of each show! Now is your chance to meet Lil Bub in person, pet her and tell her how wonderful she is, and even get a special print signed by the one and only Lil Bub!

Meet and Greet tickets: $100.00
*kids 3 and under free with adult (kids 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult)

Purchase Meet and Greet Tickets:

Your Meet and Greet ticket purchase will benefit Lil BUB's Big FUND for special needs pets, Chicago Cat Rescue and Tree House Humane Society!


Thank you to Chicago CatVidFest 2015 sponsors!

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Get ready to paint the town BLACK at Chicago Cat Rescue's 7th Annual Sexy Black - a benefit to raise awareness for black cats and dogs. Sexy Black will take place on Saturday, February 28, 2015, 7:00 - 11:00pm, at Chicago Party Animals, 1133 W. Fulton Market. 

Since its inception in 2008, Sexy Black has played a key role in raising our community’s awareness of the plight of black cats and dogs, animals that are the first to be destroyed and the last to be adopted. Chicago Cat Rescue’s signature event has helped to expose the unique challenges faced by this special group of homeless animals. For the past six years, Sexy Black has attracted a growing number of supporters, who turn out to celebrate their own black pets and to lend support for homeless black animals in our community, and plans are underway to provide our guests with a terrific evening! At the same time, we will further our goal of heightening awareness of the plight of black animals. As Sexy Black’s message reaches more individuals, ultimately, more precious lives will be saved. 

Advance tickets are $25 per person and $30 at the door (plus Eventbrite processing fees). Your ticket includes a complimentary drink, delicious veggie and vegan friendly appetizers and a custom Sexy Black give away!   Tickets on sale now - click here to purchase.

Adopters of black cats and dogs! Email photos  of your beloved black pets to  (by February 24th) to be included in a larger-than-life presentation that will run for the duration of the event!

Don't miss this one-of-a kind event on behalf of black cats and dogs! We look forward to seeing you at Sexy Black 2015!

Thank you Sexy Black 2015 Sponsors!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Happy Holidays from Chicago Cat Rescue! The holiday season is a time to embrace the upcoming year and reflect on those who have touched our hearts. As Chicago Cat Rescue begins our 9th year, we would like to express our gratitude to all of you for sustaining the worthwhile work that has saved the lives of so many abandoned cats and kittens. 
Our rescued cats are heroes, each and every one. They give new meaning to the concepts of strength and courage; the strength to endure hunger and overcome illness, the courage to overcome fear and to trust hands that once were so unkind.  They possess a marvelous ability to enrich our lives beyond measure, and the lessons they teach will remain with us forever.

They give us the energy to continue this shared journey, and not one of us would trade the experience.  We feel so fortunate to be able to help these amazing creatures and to give them a voice.

Abandoned, hungry, friendly.  Gunther's forgiving nature made him a target in his neighborhood. Witnesses saw Gunther kicked, harassed and doused with flammable liquid. Despite the abuse, Gunther remained, ever hopeful that someone would offer him food or attention.
After his hoarder was evicted, Beasley was stuffed into a small carrier and abandoned outside.  The filthy conditions left him with damaged eyes and upper respiratory issues. Now in optimal health, Beasley's resilience is shining through.  He is welcoming touch and affection, pausing more often than not for back rubs from his foster mom.
It takes unrelenting courage to raise a family of five on the streets of Chicago. Well, Sydney did just that. Underweight, frost bitten and covered in fleas, it was clear that every fiber of Sydney's being was devoted to providing the nutrition, warmth and safety that kept her little pips alive. 

To our foster parents, volunteers and supporters, you are the lifeblood of this organization.  Chicago Cat Rescue would not exist without you, and hundreds of cats and kittens would have languished or been destroyed, never having had the opportunity to enjoy life as a member of a loving family. 

To all of you who have stepped forward to support our efforts in countless ways, our gratitude is truly immeasurable.

As you plan your holiday spending and select the perfect gifts for everyone on your list, we ask that you remember the cats and kittens who remain cold, unsafe and homeless.  Please consider making a donation today, to help Chicago Cat Rescue save more at-risk cats this winter and all year long.   Donations can be made online by clicking here or by mail - Chicago Cat Rescue, PO Box 146338, Chicago IL  60614.

We wish you and your loved ones the most joyous of holiday seasons, and a happy, healthy and peaceful year to come. 

Thank you,
Chicago Cat Rescue

*Chicago Cat Rescue is a registered 501c3 organization and all donations are tax deductible.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Considering Fostering?

Chicago Cat Rescue welcomes you to apply to serve as a foster family to a cat(s) or kittens in our care. As a completely foster-based rescue, Chicago Cat Rescue's capacity to rescue is contingent upon a growing foster home network.
Rescued June 2013

We know you have questions about fostering and are available to address them. A FAQ is in development. Cindy and Julie are open to chat any time though about your unique situation and how serving as a foster home may fit - and enrich! - your home. Cindy can be contacted at and Julie at

The benefits to the cats in our care of living in foster homes is enormous and it is equally beneficial to potential adopters who gain a sense from you as to the kit's real, "uncaged" personality. If you have other little creatures about your home, potential adopters can learn the extent to which the adoptable cat may get along well with other cats, dogs, or children of various ages. There are other pointers to this as well so we welcome homes in which the cat(s) or kittens may be the sole paws pattering about.

Rescued May 2013
"I don't know if I'm strong enough to do it." Some folks have that concern. Chicago Cat Rescue foster families find the fostering experience enjoyable, and while that transition of the kit moving to a forever home is tough, foster families know because of Chicago Cat Rescue's adoption criteria that their little one is moving into a home that will feed high-quality food, provide consistent medical care, and be a true forever home. Knowing that you helped save a life through the pure and simple act of loving is tremendously rewarding.

Please contact us to learn more and discuss how fostering Chicago Cat Rescue adoptables may fit and enrich your life. Cindy and Julie look forward to connecting with you,;

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Cough It Up for Cats in Need!

Grab your most bodacious wig and head to the ultimate party for cats - the HAIR BALL! The HAIR BALL takes place Friday, June 13th at Exit Bar (1315 W. North Avenue, Chicago), 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm. Wigs are encouraged, and of course, the more outrageous the better! Exit's house DJ will get your feet moving playing all the best punk and glam rock tunes. $20 donation at the door includes delicious appetizers and drink specials. Prizes will be awarded for BEST HAIR AT THE BALL! 

Exit Bar, Chicago's original (and coolest!) punk bar, is located on North Avenue, near intersection of Elston. Easy access to cabs and plenty of street parking on Elston. Hop the North Avenue bus straight to Exit from either the Blue or Brown lines.

Don't miss this one-of-a-kind Bezoar Bash benefiting the cats and kittens of Chicago Cat Rescue! Bring all your friends - it's gonna be a good time! We'll see you there!

For more information visit the event page at

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Adorable, Kissable, Undeniably Sweet

Meet Red and Edelweiss. Simply adorable kitten siblings available for adoption! In addition to providing you with insightful bios on these kits via this blog post, we are seeking to raise awareness about Feline Leukemia Virus as Reddington (Red) is FeLV+.

So, let's tackle FeLV first. One of the biggest misconceptions about Feline Leukemia Virus, which suppresses a cat's immune system, is that an FeLV cat won't live very long and will be ill and suffering for the duration of his/her life. The truth is, there are many variables that come into play which determine how FeLV will affect a particular cat. A stress-free environment, a diet rich with quality proteins and moisture, added supplements and good health care can make a great impact on the longevity and quality of a FeLV cats life. We've heard of an FeLV cat who has lived to be over 21 years old! 

Edelweiss and her foster mom
Red, sweetness
Adopters of Red, or any FeLV cat, just need to be aware that FeLV cats may have a shorter life span and need to be taken to a veterinarian for check ups twice a year, or, of course, as soon as a problem is noted. Regardless of the length of their life, a cat with the virus can lead an incredibly happy life, just like any other cat.
Red is a happy kitten ready for a fabulously fun-filled life, with his baby sister, Edelweiss. He absolutely adores his little sis and they are a bonded pair. Chicago Cat Rescue is committed to supporting bonded pairs and as such will ensure these siblings find their forever home together.

Small and white. Clean and bright. Edelweiss loves to play hours of fetch with her sparkly pink ball (her absolute fav!). She is your typical girlie, girl - obsessed with the color pink and things that sparkle, and likes to blow kisses to her foster mom! Edelweiss is spunky, outgoing and outrageously affectionate. She is the leader of her pack of two!

Red and Edelweiss started their lives off as feral kittens, born of a feral mother living in the woods. How these two babies survived all the dangers of life in the forest, we'll never know, but one thing is for sure - these two sweethearts are thrilled those days are behind them! If these sweet siblings + you might = forever home, contact  Julie at or 773.882.2439.