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.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

8th Annual Sexy Black-A Benefit to Raise Awareness for Black Cats & Dogs



Join Chicago Cat Rescue as we paint the town BLACK on February 27, 2016 for our 8th 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.

Sexy Black 2016 will be held at Chicago Party Animals, 1133 W. Fulton (7:00 - 10:30 pm). Tickets are $30 in advance or $40 at the door. Ticket price includes one complimentary drink, delightful appetizers, giveaways and a champagne toast to honor black pets! Come prepared to try your hand in Sexy Black’s raffle filled with amazing prizes! 

 

ADOPTERS OF BLACK CATS AND DOGS! Be sure to submit a photo of your beloved black pet for inclusion in the larger-than-life video presentation that runs during the event. Email photos by February 15th to julie@chicagocatrescue.org. PLUS, adopters of black pets who submit photos and attend Sexy Black will automatically be entered into a special raffle!

Beer generously provided by Goose Island Beer Company and music spun by local DJ Vegan in Black. All proceeds support the animals of Chicago Cat Rescue.

Thank you to Sexy Black 2016 Sponsors!



   

Thank you to Sexy Black 2016 In-Kind Donors!




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 2016!

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

The year may be almost over, but you can still make a difference!

Support life saving efforts by making a tax-deductible donation to Chicago Cat Rescue.

Click Here to Donate
Satchmo's hernia repaired!

Your donation will help Chicago Cat Rescue save more cats like Satchmo, Houston and Pandora in the new year. Read on for these kitties rescue stories.

This Spring a young woman was excited to move into a new apartment. She wasn't quite sure why a cat kept sneaking into the building and trying to enter the apartment with her until her neighbors told her he was left behind when the previous occupants moved. With the landlord threatening fines, this woman was determined to do right by this cat and find him a no-kill rescue which would lead to a forever home. Chicago Cat Rescue was that safe haven for Satchmo. In addition to getting him into a foster home, Satchmo had a hernia requiring medical attention that we addressed.


Rescue kittens Houston and Beau
Last August we were alerted to a kitten abandoned in the foyer of an unkempt building. Scared and alone, Houston came into the care of Chicago Cat Rescue and was paired with fellow adoptable kitten Beau in a foster home. The boys are the best of kitty friends!

Life is full of surprises and sometimes so is your car! Yes, little Pandora managed to find her way into a car engine and the car owner reached out to Chicago Cat Rescue for help.  Pandora is loving life in her foster home complete with three kitten playmates!
Rescue kitten Pandora

Chicago Cat Rescue is an all-volunteer, foster based, nonprofit organization. The continuation of our rescue efforts depends on your ongoing financial support. Thank you for your consideration of a 2015 tax-deductible donation to Chicago Cat Rescue. We are eternally grateful to you, our donors, for enabling CCR to continue our life-affirming work.

Donations can also be mailed to Chicago Cat Rescue, P.O. Box 146338, Chicago, IL, 60614.


We wish you a happy and healthy New Year!

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Happy Holidays from Chicago Cat Rescue!

As we look back on this past year, two words are at the forefront of our thoughts, for Community and Gratitude are at the heart of our struggle to end animal homelessness in our community.  We want to thank each of you for enabling Chicago Cat Rescue to be a catalyst for change, and for working with us to build a No Kill Chicago.  Together, one precious life at a time, we are making a difference.

CCR's work begins with rescue, and ends only after we have achieved the best possible life for each cat that comes into our care.  We are so grateful to those of you on the front line, restoring healthy bodies and spirits to our cats and kittens.  You are our rescuers, our veterinary professionals, and our foster families.  In countless other ways, our cadre of volunteers keeps our organization thriving and vibrant throughout the year.  Thank you, one and all.

There is agony and ecstasy in this work.  Sometimes, our work requires giving a creature with a broken body, like our Sonata, a better passing from this world, rather than being left to die on the side of a road.  More often, we have the joy of moving cats and kittens out of jeopardy into their forever homes.  Such was the case with our Slick.  Last winter, this young black male, covered with an oily substance and chilled to the bone, was delivered to CCR.  Only later, did we discover that this trusting cat was full of BB pellets as well.  Today, Slick is the picture of health.  


At times, our challenges appear insurmountable, as seemed to be the case with mom cat Ceres and her kittens.  Born in the closet of a home occupied by addicts, three newborn babies were taken from their mother when their "caregivers" were evicted.  Despite a series of false leads, we tracked down these youngsters and reunited this family.  At times, the seemingly impossible becomes reality.













We are enormously grateful to our adopters, who support rescue in the most tangible of ways by adopting, rather than buying, your furry family members. You are the destinations of our cats' journeys, and we cannot thank you enough!  

Chicago Cat Rescue is an all-volunteer, foster based, nonprofit organization. Our survival depends on your ongoing financial support, and we are eternally grateful to you, our donors, for enabling CCR to continue our life-affirming work. Whether you contribute monthly or at other times throughout the year, whether you donate to honor or memorialize a loved one, or if you engage your workplace to match your contributions, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

On behalf of each of the precious souls whose paths have intersected ours, WE THANK YOU.

To make a donation this holiday season or any day throughout the coming year, please visit our JustGive page by clicking here, or mail your donation to Chicago Cat Rescue, P.O. Box 146338, Chicago, IL, 60614.

Wishing you and yours a joyful holiday season and a bountiful year to come.

Monday, November 30, 2015

The Whole is Greater Than the Sum of its Parts

Handsome Paploo
I was visiting with adoptable Paploo recently, and as I sat on the ground and he rolled about wildly rubbing up against my legs, I noticed this wonderful cafe' au lait-colored patch of fur on his chin. I suppose I had just never noticed it before and it simply delighted me. My eyes move to his paws where I found myself somewhat transfixed on his "socks." My kits at home don't have "socks" so my eyes feasted on Paploo's adorable paws.

Soon my mind wandered. I thought about when one of my own sleeps on my chest and the camera phone inevitably comes out and I take a picture, maybe just of my baby's cheeks and nose so close to mine. My attention snapped back to Paploo who continued to snuggle up against me (perhaps petting me?!). I began to give him big rubbins down his back and sides. A nice solid boy. As I stroked Paploo I thought about all the bits that make up a cat and how each is so delightful but none so delightful than the whole.

We are seeking a forever home for wonderful Paploo. He is available for single cat adoption. To meet this guy contact cindy@chicagocatrescue.org.

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!