1. Tree House Humane Society has broken ground on their revolutionary new shelter. The $7 million facility will house a large, cageless adoption center (with kitty condos for those who prefer their own space), a low-cost veterinary clinic, a pet food pantry, a community space for events, and Chicago’s very first cat café (squee!). Tree House has been serving Chicago since 1971 as the city’s largest cageless, no-kill shelter for cats. The new facility will allow them to help even more animals find love and care. Visit TreeHouseAnimals.org to make a donation and help them build this state-of-the-art shelter. And turn to page 19 to check out seven sweet Tree House kitties currently looking for forever homes!
2. Residents of the local senior living community Sunrise of Lincoln Park have a new smiling face greeting them every day. Howie the dog was recently adopted by the facility from the Anti-Cruelty Society, where he had been transported from Tennessee through the shelter’s Rescue Waggin’ program. How’s he liking his new digs? “Howie spends the bulk of his day around the residents, team members, and visiting family members begging for belly rubs, taking long naps, and showing his affection. He is so endearing to residents that he even turned a self-admitted ‘cat person’ into a dog lover and she now comes on every walk she can with him,” says a representative from Sunrise.
The benefits of pets in senior living communities is well documented— pets not only help keep residents happier and healthier, they provide comfort and companionship, offer a sense of responsibility, and even help with brain activity and memory loss. Cheers to Howie and his new loving community of caregivers at Sunrise!
3. Get ready: August 15 is “Clear the Shelters” Day, hosted by NBC and Telemundo. Twenty local shelters will waive adoption fees in the hopes of connecting as many animals as possible with their forever families (regular adoption procedures, such as applications and interviews, will still be conducted). The day will also help shelters make room for more animals in need. Visit TailsInc.com/ClearTheShelterDay2015 for the full list of participating shelters.