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.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

And hilarity ensues

"Good gravy, these boys are just such joys," says foster mom. Meet adoptable kittens Rugby and Scooby, two silly brothers.

It's game on with Rugby!
Rugby is that perfect mix of rough and tumble boy and being just a doll. Always ready for a good match with his bro, Rugby also enjoys a nice nap in a cat tree where he sleeps like a little angel. Rugby has bold, traditional tabby marking on his plush coat.

Scooby loves a snack!
Plucky, funny, and all-around cutie Scooby is a boy to meet. In all our years of rescue we've never seen a kit with a coat as unique as Scooby's. His coat is flecked on his backside and set against traditional tabby markings on his belly. As for Scooby's paws, they are silver, yes, silver! That coat set against Scooby's captivating chartreuse eyes make Scooby a real stunner.

In addition to being adorable, these boys are magic! They have cameos in MagiCATastrophe, the first film in a new web series by Chicago filmmakers Alana Grelyak and Michael Gabriele, which you can watch at

The series is based on the premise that "funny things happen when cats appear." Each episode will feature cats in comedic situations and spotlight a topic in animal rescue along with an organization the couple feels is doing good work helping pets find homes. Chicago Cat Rescue is honored to have been able to contribute to the inaugural film which puts a spotlight on kitten season.

To meet Rugby and Scooby, contact Julie at 773.882.2439 or They are happy to give pawtographs!

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Making our way up the scratching post

We want to extend a huge, warm thank you to everyone who donated towards our 2013 medical and food bills!  Our goal was to raise $7,300 by the end of January, and with your generosity we were able to achieve 50% of that goal! Incredible! Thank you!

Thank you for supporting Avery and his fellow rescues!
We have a bit more work to do to achieve our goal and are confident with the help of the compassionate members of our community, we can make it happen!  Of course, monetary donations are still being accepted, but we have a few other fun ways you can help as well:
  • Plan to join us (and bring all your friends!) on February 22nd for our 6th Annual Sexy Black - an event to raise awareness for black cats and dogs!  For event details including a link to purchase tickets in advance and save $5, visit our event page on Facebook 
  • Sponsor the care of one of our cats OR an upcoming event, such as Sexy Black! Contact for more info on sponsorship opportunities.
  • Donate canned food to help feed our cats and kittens!  (Wellness, Merrick or Trader Joe's brands are preferred by our kitties)  Drop off food donations at Mid North Animal Hospital, 2212 N. Halsted during their open hours.  
  • Donate* books, CDs, DVDs and other household items in good condition that we can sell on ebay and craigslist! (or sell your items direct and donate proceeds to CCR!) *Contact for donation pick up.
  • Be creative and invent your own way to raise money on behalf of Chicago Cat Rescue (throw a pizza paw-ty, have a Super Bowl 50/50 raffle, do a canned food drive @ your child's school, host a Happy Meower, etc!!)  We love a good party! 
  • Donate online via or mail a check to Chicago Cat Rescue, PO Box 146338, Chicago IL  60614.  All donations are tax-deductible!
Thank you for supporting Chicago Cat Rescue and joining our mission to save lives.  We couldn't be more grateful for your support. Thank You!