Thursday, March 15, 2018

Project Thunderdome

Things have been quiet on the Thunderdome front while we learned more about a congenital issue Momma Echo's three boys inherited. Generally speaking, the boys are healthy but Little Chief, Knox, and Sprocket all failed their eye exams! Read on for the details. We won't be shy about saying we need your financial support for the boys. The goal is $7,500. Online donations can be made by selecting here.
The brothers were born with a congenital condition that prevents normal eyelid formation. They lack eyelids that fully cover and protect their eyes and their lashes are a source of constant irritation. To get eyelids, the boys need a highly specialized surgery involves skin grafts to extend the kittens’ existing eyelids. Their new and improved lids will fully function to protect their eyes. We are anxious to move forward with these surgeries so that Little Chief, Knox, and Sprocket can enjoy normal lives and find their forever homes. Please help us provide for their care by donating to our Thunderdome Project.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

10th Annual Sexy Black Awareness Event

Special Needs Kitten Galileo
Join Chicago Cat Rescue as we paint the town BLACK on Saturday, March 10, 2018, for our 10th Annual Sexy Black – a benefit that raises awareness for black cats and dogs. 

Shelters and rescue groups across the country collectively experience “Black Cat/Dog Syndrome”, characterized by low adoption and high euthanasia rates of black pets. In fact, black cats are nearly two thirds less likely to be adopted than their more brightly colored compatriots. To boost awareness in the Chicagoland area, Chicago Cat Rescue pulls out all the stops for their annual signature event and hosts an unforgettable evening to celebrate our four-legged black friends in need.

Advance ticket purchase is now available! Your $60 donation provides access to the open bar (Yes, open bar!), dance floor with a deejay keeping it lively all night long, and a special cocktail being designed by The Violet Hour. The ticket price after March 7 is $65. As for dress code, we say “spirited.” We like our supporters just as we do our rescue kitties - however you wanna be!
Adoptable Sydney awaiting forever

Sponsorship and community support opportunities are available for Sexy Black 2018. Please contact for more information.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Danni is safe now

Danni's wound is healing
Chicago Cat Rescue was alerted to a cat trapped in a closet in an abandoned home - it turns out for a month! Our thanks to Dan who rescued the kitty and Marykay who alerted us to the need for this kitty to have a sanctuary where he would be loved and restored body and spirit.

The wound on Danni's head is from his desperate attempts to get out of the closet. Danni is safe now and our little grey boy is doing okay!

We have assessed Danni as shy at this point, not feral. He is in very good hands and paws - a seasoned foster mum and a wonderful foster kitty brother named Dobby who is everybody's buddy. Here's Dobby keeping Danni company while he acclimates to his new surroundings.
Dobby comforts Danni

To make a donation so we can continue our ongoing work, helping cats like Danni, visit the Support Us tab. Thank you for your support!

Saturday, November 26, 2016

We couldn't make more cats Lucky without you!

As we approach the end of the year, we appreciate your consideration of support for Chicago Cat Rescue's ongoing work for homeless cats and kittens. Online donations to our medical fund can be made by selecting here and, thanks to a generous supporter, all donations made through New Year's Eve will be double through a $10,000 challenge grant! Your support allows us to rescue cats like Lucky, Gilbert, and Gallagher.

Lucky Transformed
Meet Lucky. 16 years old and out on the street after clearly being a house cat most, if not all, of his life. A CCR community member found this guy literally near death. The veterinary professionals immediately set to work when he came through the door. You can see one of the IVs in the picture on the left. We did not think about the medical bill at the time. All anyone thought about was bringing him back.

The transformation. The before and after. Almost too stunning to believe. Yes, that is 16 year old Lucky on the right. The shaved bit on his arm was where those life-saving IVs came in. So pleased to say Lucky has already found a forever home! 

Rescued Kitten Gilbert
Meet Gilbert, a kitten with a broken leg slated for euthanasia. Our doc said the break is old. It is a tough one - top of the humerus, healed badly, now it is fused with the shoulder. The decision was to keep the arm and monitor. Gilbert's wonderful foster mom is doing just that and so much more. Look at this boy! Safe and loved and not letting one bum leg slow him down! Gilbert will remain safe in Chicago Cat Rescue's care until his forever home is secured.

Gallagher, the snuggler

Meet Gallagher - Black cat. A bit shy at first. FIV+. Affectionate. Gentle. Handsome.

Gallagher could get looked over for adoption for any of the first three qualities. What potential adopters miss is a wonderfully affectionate, so gentle, somewhat petite guy who has one of the most interesting cat faces - very sculptural. Gallagher will remain safe in Chicago Cat Rescue's care until his forever home is secured.

Your donations transform lives and we thank you for your support so we can make more cats Lucky...and Gilbert...and Gallagher!

Friday, May 27, 2016

Recent Rescues

Violet on the street
Thanks to support from our community by way of providing foster homes and making financial donations, the rescue efforts of Chicago Cat Rescue (CCR) continue. 

Via this post we are sharing some stories of recent cat and kitten rescues. Those interested in fostering cats or kittens as we pursue their forever homes should contact CCR foster homes are Chicago-based as our adopters come from Chicago and the Chicagoland area. Thank you for your ongoing support.

safe and under evaluation


CCR received a call from a community member about a rough-looking, friendly cat on Belmont. Poor girl is a perfect example of how abandonment impacts an animal.

In this series of pictures you see this new rescue from street to exhausted but safe in the veterinary hospital to a foster home. Named

Violet, this girl was slightly anemic and very dehydrated. Blood tests were negative. Yay! Violet is soaking up the TLC and we look forward to finding a true forever home for this 7 year old girl.

Violet in her foster home


Gallagher hoping for a chance
Well, we didn't have room at the inn, so to speak, and pulled this handsome guy anyway. That bald spot on his nose? This guy is so friendly he was rubbing up against the bars of the cage desperate for human affection. We are loading him up with TLC now! 

We got you, buddy
Black cats and dogs have the lowest adoption rates and highest euthanasia rates. Shelters and rescue groups across the country collectively experience “Black Cat/Dog Syndrome”, characterized by low adoption and high euthanasia rates of black pets. In fact, black cats are nearly two thirds less likely to be adopted than their more brightly colored compatriots.

Monday, April 11, 2016

HamBINGO - May 9th at 8pm!

On May 9, Chicago Cat Rescue will be the featured organization for HamBINGO at Hamburger Mary's. For those who have never been, HamBINGO is bingo but with a twist! With drag diva Velicity Metropolis calling the balls, you know this ain't your church bingo!

 HamBINGO starts at 8pm in the Dining Room of Hamburger Mary's (5400 N Clark Street). Come early as space is limited. Proceeds from the bingo cards go directly to Chicago Cat Rescue.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Stationmaster Tama-chan

Thousands of people at the funeral for a  railway stationmaster in a tiny town?  Cupcakes, notebooks, figurines, tote bags imprinted with the stationmaster’s picture?  A stationmaster born in the worker’s waiting room at the station?  A station in the shape of the stationmaster’s head?  Wait - the stationmaster was also a female and a calico at that!  Tama-chan died last year at the age of 16, having been appointed stationmaster when the last human was laid off at the nearly-defunct station in Kishi, Japan. 

 Ms. Tama-chan, rewarded by ample tins of tuna, wore her cap and displayed a nonchalant sophistication about her fame.  Over the years more and more tourists flocked to Kishi to view Tama and in 2009, a special cat-train (with whiskers and cartoons of Tama everywhere) ran on the rail line, bringing a billion yen income to the town.  For her dedication to the profitability of Wakayama Electric Railway and, of course, her seniority, she became an operating officer of the railway and a company vice-president.  Since no one else had contributed so much to WER and to Kishi, upon Tama-chan’s demise, the president of the railway honored her as a goddess and she was buried in a Shinto shrine.  So no one should look down their noses at a calico cat.  She might just be Tama-chan reincarnated.