Friday, September 28, 2012

Adopt Me of the Week: Valentino!

Meet Valentino, this boy has looks and charm! He is a true lover in desperate need of someone to love him back. Valentino has charmed many of the vet techs and assistants at our Veterinarian’s office, where he is currently being boarded.  He is a young adult cat who is about as close to perfect as they come. He would get along just great with any other cats, and is the most easy-going boy around.  

Valentino is in need of a foster or adoptive home. If you or someone you know is looking for a cat, Valentino is your man. He would love nothing more than a home of his own where he can stretch his legs and get a little loving from his special human.  This little boy was found abandoned in a carrier that was left along the street. After sitting in his carrier for several hours someone finally noticed him and contacted Chicago Cat Rescue. We couldn’t turn this handsome boy down!  He has been boarding at a cage at our vet’s office until we can find him a foster (or adoptive!) home.

Please consider fostering, adopting, or fostering to adopt Valentino.  You are sure to find he charms his way into your heart quick as can be. With those handsome tabby stripes and gorgeous eyes, how could he not?

Chicago Cat Rescue provides all needed veterinary care for our foster cats, we will also provide food and litter if needed. All you have to do is provide a loving home for Valentino until he meets his forever human! With looks and personality like his that shouldn’t be long! If you, or someone you know is interested in fostering Valentino or one of our other cats, please contact or call 773.203.0215.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Adopt A Less Adoptable Pet Week

Miss Peaches would be "less adoptable" because of her color & age
Did you know this week is adopt a "less adoptable" pet week? It's true, September 17-23 is adopt a less adoptable pet week! Adopting what are generally considered "less adoptable" animals does not mean adopting a cat or dog with medical issues. Black cats and dogs are frequently overlooked and considered "less adoptable" simply because of the color of their fur and the superstitions surrounding them. Older cats and less out going cats are also considered "less adoptable."

Adopting a "less adoptable" or overlooked animal can mean adopting a shy cat. A shy cat might take a little longer to adjust to a new home. She might not be the first to jump on your lap or be the first to greet new people in the house. A shy cat might need a little more space and a little more patience before she adjusts to people or her new home, but she will have her own special way of showing her love. Frequently, given a loving home shy cats' will blossom into a sweet, playful and loving companion.

An older cat can also be considered "less adoptable." Kittens and cats under 3 years of age are the easiest to adopt. Cats over 6-years of age are frequently overlooked because of their age. Even though adult cats still have many years of happy, healthy life ahead of them, they are overlooked. Adopting an older cat can be considered adopting a "less adoptable" cat.

Sunshine, FIV+ is nothing but love and fun
Of course "less adoptable" can mean adopting a cat with a special physical or medical need. Blind cats, FIV or FeLV positive cats, such as our darling Sunshine, would be adopting a "less adoptable" special needs cat. These cats are frequently overlooked simply because a physical deformity makes them less appealing, or because the idea of a medical condition scares people.

Most "less adoptable" pets do not require extra work. They do provide lots of extra love to their adoptive parents. Special needs cats and dogs, are great companions and worth considering. You know you are doing the right thing by adopting an animal. Do even more for the animals by adopting a special needs, or "less adoptable" cat or dog and be rewarded with more love and appreciation than you could ever expect!

Monday, September 10, 2012

Adopt Me of the Week: Kittens!

Chicago Cat Rescue has kittens for adoption! In fact, we have lots of kittens for adoption. We are busting at the seams with kittens, and have been all summer. We currently have five litters of kittens looking for homes. That’s a lot of kittens! We have young kittens and older kittens, kittens of every color, size and personality you could want. So give us a call and adopt a pair of kittens!

Normally kittens get snapped right up for adoption; Not this year. This leaves us with far too many growing kittens. Having too many kittens means Chicago Cat Rescue has less resources for adult cats, which means we are limited on how many other cats or kittens we can actually admit. Lack of resources is not just lack of funding, but lack of foster homes. Since Chicago Cat Rescue is foster based, and has no actual facility, the amount of cats we can rescue is directly tied to the number of foster homes we have. 
Fig, Fiver and Tucker upon rescue.

All of the kittens at Chicago Cat Rescue are healthy, playful, adorable and eagerly awaiting their forever homes. We aren’t quite sure why they haven’t been adopted yet, certainly it is through no fault of their own.  Whether it is lack of knowledge about Chicago Cat Rescue, the economy, or people finally deciding to adopt adult cats, we have had very few inquiries into our adoptable kittens. Sadly, this means our kittens are getting shuffled from foster home to foster home as a result.

Please help us spread the word about Chicago Cat Rescue and all our wonderful kittens (and cats!). Link to us wherever you can—Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, your own blog or website! Share pictures of our kittens on social media. Tell your friends and family about us, you never know who might be looking to adopt! The more people know about Chicago Cat Rescue, the more foster homes we can have,  more adoptions we can do and the more cats we can save.

View more pictures of our adorable kittens below and at Facebook. Watch adorable videos of our babies on YouTube too!

Some of Chicago Cat Rescue's youngest kittens, rescued just last week!
Ben, Stormy and Buff, three of five kittens in one litter!

Some of Chicago Cat Rescue's youngest kittens
Some of Chicago Cat Rescue's youngest kittens, rescued just last week!

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Get ready to paint the town black!

Chicago Cat Rescue is getting ready to paint the town black! Save the date for our 5th Annual Sexy Black on Saturday, February 23, 2013.

That's right, preparations have started for 2013's Sexy Black, and we couldn't be more excited. This week we had our first Sexy Black planning committee meeting, and we already have some great ideas.

We will be giving you updates as planning goes along, so make sure you check back frequently to make sure you get the latest updates about Sexy Black. The past four years have been hugely successful thanks in part to you. We couldn't spread the word about the plight of black cats and dogs without your help. And we need your help.

We can always use more people to staff our planning committee and work Sexy Black. However, if you can't do any of those things you can help us spread the word about Sexy Black. We need volunteers to pass out bar cards, flyers and posters this year so we can really paint the town black! (this would be a great opportunity for teens looking for volunteer hours at school or in scouts). Share the word with your family and friends. Post about Sexy Black on social media as it gets closer. Do you have any ideas for Sexy Black, anything you would like to see or a service you can offer? Let us know! email or call Cindy at 773.203.0215 to help us out!

We are so excited about our 5th Annual Sexy Black and we hope over the coming months you will be excited too!