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!

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Join us in our mission to save lives. One cat at a time.

A New Year’s Plea and Promise from Chicago Cat Rescue

2013 proved to be a year of firsts for Chicago Cat Rescue, many of which could not have happened without your generosity and support. This year, we saved more lives, found more forever homes, co-hosted the debut of the Internet Cat Video Festival, and experienced record-breaking turnout for our signature event, Sexy Black, which raises awareness for black cats and dogs.  All good firsts!  A not so good first for CCR, is that our end-of-year financial picture is currently colored “red”.  We aren’t fond of that color, and we are asking for your help!

Born feral, now socialized adoptable kittens
Animal rescue is a heart wrenching and unpredictable business.  We strive daily to balance the pull of our passion against harsh business decisions, and we readily admit that our passion has taken the upper hand too much of the time.  Emotional decisions most assuredly cost money, but the situations that move us most go to the heart of why we founded CCR.  We are drawn to the plight of animals for whom no options exist; the animals who subsist outside of any safety net of help.

In 2013, we experienced a significant increase in the number of pleas for help for abandoned cats and kittens that were sick, injured or living in life-threatening situations.  Here are a few of their stories:

In January, we sought to help an injured cat, riddled with open wounds and dragging her back leg.  In sub-zero temperatures, we rescued our Hope.  But the story doesn’t end there.  We rescued a total of nine incredibly friendly cats from that location.  Had we yet raised the funds to support their rescue?  No.  But there was no chance we would leave those cats behind.

Thackery Binx of the Sweetheart Seven
In March, we were alerted to a feral mom who had given birth in a garage.  We discovered that one family remained in the garage, while another mom had moved her kittens to a nearby junkyard.  Not an easy place to find a litter of kittens.  Well, we found ‘em - FOUR moms and 17 kittens!

In May, a stormy, late night trip to the U of IL’s vet school resulted in a caravan back to the Windy City, with seven 6-week-old kittens in tow.  Tornado sirens had dispatched everyone to the basement, including a box of kittens found abandoned by the side of a road.  A trip to the vet’s and a tornado saved our soon-to-be-known Sweetheart Seven!
Avery, before and after

In July, we learned of a kitten with a large, bloody mass that protruded from his rear.  This baby was suffering from a prolapsed rectum, which, if left untreated, would result in a horrible death.  Traps were set.  In went Avery, as did a “surprise” kitten, Hazel – Avery’s sister.  Avery received the medical care he required, and both kittens are adoption ready!    

September.  Molly was an 8 month old kitten who was abandoned in a building hallway.  A CCR adopter took Molly in – then called us for help!  The following day, it became apparent that Molly needed immediate medical attention.  She was suffering from pyometra, a life-threatening infection of the uterus.  After two weeks of hospitalization, Molly was ready to be moved to a foster home.  This spunky girl is now doing beautifully.
Molly, now thriving

These stories reflect just a handful of the hundreds of pleas for help we received this past year.  We helped whenever we could, and sometimes, we rose to the occasion when we didn’t have the resources.  2013 was a challenging year for Chicago Cat Rescue, and we must now ask for your help.  We need to raise $7300 by the end of January in order to pay off our medical and food bills, which account for over 95% of our expenses, and which are the product of our rescue work in 2013. Your contribution, large or small, will help to provide CCR with a healthy, financial start to 2014, and pave the way for us to continue our work into the coming year.  

We don’t like asking you for help to eliminate our debt.  We promise to work even harder to create new sources to fund our work and balance our bottom line.  We promise to make decisions that better reflect the needs of our organization as a whole.  We recognize that a healthy organization meets its financial obligations, and it is our goal. 

In return for your donation, we offer you this promise, as well – to provide refuge, love and uncompromising care for not only the cats and kittens currently in our program – but for those whom we have yet to meet.  We will dedicate our days and nights to helping cats and kittens in need, continue to educate the community on feline health and wellness, raise awareness for black, elderly and special needs pets, and empower people in our community to join us in our mission to save lives. One cat at a time.

Please help the cats and kittens of Chicago Cat Rescue by making a donation today. [Please see below to make an online donation.] We ask that you share this plea with your friends, family and coworkers, and that you encourage them to join our mission to save lives.  Every dollar you donate to CCR is tax-deductible.  We couldn’t be more grateful for your support. We wish you a wonderful, warm holiday season, full of furry love and whisker kisses.

Thank You!