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 cindy@chicagocatrescue.org. 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

Violet

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

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.

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.