There are two significant ways to keep animals off the streets and out of kill shelters. One is to spay/neuter them. The other is to help families keep their beloved pets even in difficult economic times.
We’d known about Tree House Humane Society for years as a cat shelter with an excellent reputation. Aside from maintaining that rep, Tree House has evolved since its establishment in 1975 to fill an important and underserved niche – providing low cost/discounted pet care services. Like our friends at Red Door Animal Shelter, Tree House has a pet food pantry for families with low incomes, and also provides veterinary care, including a spay/neuter clinic with affordable rates. They even treat dogs on a limited basis, which is why we can attest to the quality of service. Pickles was spayed at Tree House, and – even though she never talks about it – she had a very positive experience. The entire staff, down to the vet, came out to kiss and hug her when it was time to go home, and she teetered out of their clinic in good spirits (if still a little loopy from the anesthetic). And we especially appreciated the smirk on the vet’s face when she advised us to limit Ms. P’s physical activity – no running, jumping or playing for two weeks. She knew.
These programs and more make Tree House a credible advocate in the effort to make Chicago a no-kill city. We encourage you to check them out and support their work.