More TNR for the Kitchen Colony: Meet Cranberry and Alfie

We trapped more cats at the Kitchen Colony this week.


The colony is currently a mix of at least six or more ear tipped cats, and we pulled three more for adoption last month. Patrice, the colony caregiver, feeds regularly in a commercial parking lot, and keeps an eye out for non-eartipped cats. However, this is not so easy since this is a public area, and different cats are on different schedules. So far Patrice knew of three more cats to be trapped: a young black cat, a big scruffy cat that she will take to a full service vet first, and a siamese cat that came from the KFC Colony.


We set up traps at their feeding station, and locked them to the fence with bike locks to prevent them from being stolen. Beforehand, Patrice tried to only feed the cats that were already TNR’d so that they would not go in the traps. Patrice has been feeding there for years, but we took every precaution we could. It’s surrounded by bushes and dumpsters and for the most part, it seems like no one knows about it besides the restaurant in front. You can see the garage being built across the alley – that’s where the tabby cats from this colony live.  IMG_4007 It’s a bit spooky at night, but no one seems to bother the cats.


Despite the new construction, we are hoping the cats will then continue to use the feral cat shelters that Patrice set up by the restaurant and in neighbors’ yards. No one bothers these shelters either, they are concealed. The restaurant does not have a problem with it – one of the tarps is covering their motorcycle! This is perfect for a non-secure area. You can hardly see the cats even – can you see Sally hanging out by the shelters in back? IMG_4031

We trapped the young black cat the first night. I took him to PAWS Chicago for his TNR surgery the next day. The process was seamless – I was in and out for drop-off and pick-up within minutes, and there was parking right in front. The TNR package costs only $26 per cat, which includes spay/neuter surgery, ear tipping, parasite treatments for fleas and dewormer, an antibiotic, and wound cleaning if needed. Your donations helps us help them!


Meet Cranberry, who turned out to be a healthy male cat, and acted completely feral the entire time.


Usually there are also other cats that you may never see, and that’s what I was thinking about. Sure enough, the next night we trapped this long-haired brown tabby cat that none of us saw before.


Meet Alfie, who also went to PAWS Chicago for his TNR surgery. IMG_4029

He also turned out to be a healthy male cat, with some matting because of his long fur. There is nothing to be done about his matting now since he needs his fur for the cold winter. We can try to trap him in the spring to shave the mats off if still needed. I once had a clinic almost completely shave a cat bald I brought in for surgery in January. Needless to say that cat could not and did not go back outside – he was adopted instead – so it worked out in the long run, but it won’t work if a cat is completely feral. It just adds to their stress. In this case Alfie was pretty terrified, with open-mouthed breathing, so Patrice recovered and returned him a day later once he ate well and went to the bathroom. Confinement can be very stressful for some cats. You just have to keep a close eye on them.


We will continue trapping. We would love to get that siamese cat. There’s a good possibility s/he is friendly, and we may already have a home for her. And we would love to get the scruffy black cat because it appears he may need extra vetting. And of course, we would love to get any new cats we have not seen yet. Five kittens came from this colony within the last few months and we want to stop the breeding cycle here.

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TNR’d Tabby Cats from the Kitchen Colony

There’s a few TNR’d tabby and tortie cats across the alley from the Kitchen Colony‘s feeding station.


They all strut around and show off their ear tips. Patrice TNR’d them years ago for their feeder, Ed. IMG_3418

Some of them are friendly, and let me pet them. Of course they’re beautiful. All cats are beautiful. Look at this Van Gogh portrait of felines and sunflowers. I am stunned by the beauty of this. IMG_3534

These cats all hang out in Ed’s yard. He put out cat trees for them amongst the sunflowers. IMG_3536

He will not put out cat shelters or get vet care for them. Patrice has done the TNR herself, provides food and shelter, and I donated extra cat shelters to her this year.


Ed also feeds the birds in his yard. The birds swarm their feeding station. The cats could care less.


Here they are ignoring the bird feeder, while birds are there, and instead coming towards me for treats and pets.  IMG_3548 IMG_3550

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Introducing the Kitchen Colony

The KFC Colony lost their home. The junkyard they hung out in is cleared out, and no one feeds there anymore.


The good news is that eight adult cats from there were adopted into indoor homes, and the five kittens are still being fostered now by Joann.


The other good news is that Joann found a colony caregiver, Patrice, a few blocks away who has seen some of the remaining cats visiting her feeding station. IMG_3601

The feeding station is located behind a restaurant, off of a bank parking lot. So I called this the Kitchen Colony.


Patrice has been doing TNR at this site since 2004. She doesn’t keep track, but she thinks she has vetted almost 100 cats from here. A lot of the cats were friendly and she found homes for them, and found homes for their kittens. This is unfortunately one of those areas where a lot of people let their intact cats out.


I wasn’t surprised as that was also going on at the junkyard a few blocks away. The Joyce Division Colony is also a few blocks away, and most of those cats were friendly when I did TNR there starting in 2010. Patrice also knew about that colony. She said she had been begging Joyce for years for her to do TNR on the cats. She said Joyce would feed all of them and play with their kittens outside. Again, unfortunately, this is a pretty common scenario. Then she said that one day Joyce told her a woman came by and fixed all of the cats. Obviously that was me, and we couldn’t believe we were finally meeting each other years later. I had always asked Joyce if she ever knew anyone that feeds but she wouldn’t tell me about anyone else. It was so great to connect the dots and finally meet.


The restaurant and bank gave Patrice permission to feed and care for the cats here for years now. The restaurant especially likes the cats because they help keep the rats away. It’s a perfect scenario as they feed right behind their dumpsters, which normally would attract rats because of the food debris.


Patrice also set up shelters at this site under tarps. IMG_3406 IMG_3407

It was a great time to meet Patrice because she was worried about winterizing her shelters even more. I gave her a few new shelters to switch out with the old ones.


Joann and I immediately agreed to help her because the site is pretty overwhelming. Patrice already had three kittens from this site in foster care. There’s a mix of all kinds of cats here, and it’s pretty confusing. Some are already TNR’d. Some are not. Some are friendly. We spotted a pregnant female. There’s a sick black cat that we would like to trap for vetting. There are more kittens.


We set up traps several nights this month at the feeding station, and in people’s yards. IMG_3520 IMG_3540 IMG_3544

We even tried a drop trap one of those nights. Joann was there so often that the bank security guard told her he was going to have her car towed!


So far we have trapped three female cats and two kittens.


Ruby was first. She is the colony ambassador. She is friendly and all of the colony cats pick on her. She kept rubbing up against our legs. IMG_3412


Her ear was already tipped, but because she was not chipped, we have no idea who TNR’d her. Joann fully vetted her at Roscoe Village Animal Hospital for $390 and has been fostering her ever since in her home. She is FIV-/FeLV-. If you are interested in fostering or adopting Ruby, please contact me at [email protected]


Sally was also trapped the same day. She is the mother of the kittens that Patrice already had in foster care. Her TNR and FIV/FeLV test at PAWS Chicago was $41. She tested negative! IMG_3428

Joann tried fostering her indoors as well, because she follows Patrice all around outside.

Sally was miserable at her house, and acted feral. We returned her back outside. It is clear that she is just bonded to Patrice. It’s funny because Sally always spies on us from a safe distance. IMG_3599

But once Patrice is alone, she just follows her. Patrice texted us last night and said she couldn’t take it anymore and crated Sally in her garage. She is trying to see if she can acclimate her indoors.


We also trapped Birdie and her two kittens. Birdie went in one trap, and the two kittens went together in the other trap. Birdie is feral and was TNReturned. Her TNR package and FIV/FeLV test at PAWS was also $41 total and she also tested negative. IMG_3621

Patrice fully vetted and boarded Birdie’s two kittens for $420 at her vet, Family Pet Animal Hospital. Meet Clara and Darren. IMG_3602

My friend Elissa from Rockstar Pets agreed to socialize and foster them. It’s already working. IMG_0164

If you are interested in fostering or adopting Clara or Darren, you can also please contact me at [email protected]  They are FIV-/FeLV- and still need additional vetting.


In the meantime we will continue to TNR this colony!

cat lover says:

I enjoyed reading this wheras I also TNR and feed feral cats. I am in Los Angeles and love my feral cats….they are friendly and have become part of our lives! Thank you for caring for the cats!!!

Vanessa says:

Thanks for the kind words and for all that you do for the cats!

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The Five KFC Colony Kittens are Sick Again

The KFC Colony Kittens became sick again after moving foster homes. Their next admission appointment to PAWS Chicago is this Thursday.


In the meantime, they became sick with what was diagnosed as coccidia and upper respiratory infections –  URI. Their latest vet bill was $608.98. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

That’s in addition to their other bills of $187.78


As of now they seem to be all right. They love tearing apart Joann’s laundry room, pretty much tearing off every piece of clothing off of the hangers. SelfTimer Off

And they’re obsessed with this watering can. They knock it over and take turns going inside. SelfTimer Off

If you would like to donate to any of their vetting costs, please donate through at [email protected]


October’s vet bills have been beyond $3000 for the cats and kittens of the KFC and Kitchen Colonies, so any help is appreciated for us to continue with TNR.


Thanks for all of your support!

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TNA: Trap, Neuter, Adopt for the KFC Colony

When we first started TNR for the KFC Colony in their junkyard home, we didn’t know what to expect. Little did we expect that almost ALL of the cats were going to end up in indoor homes because almost all of the adult cats were friendly, and the kittens were young enough to be socialized.


It was a good thing for the cats, because they lost their home in the middle of this project.


Joann saw cats and kittens through the fence on her first visit to the junkyard. There were tons of construction materials and garbage for them to hide in.

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People were also leaving food.



But we couldn’t figure out a way to get in. Everything was locked. She tried trapping in the neighbor’s yard and started leaving food as well.


One night a woman showed up to feed. We learned that her name is Corinne, and she has been feeding at this junkyard since last November. She drove almost every day from her home in Rogers Park to feed the cats. Another friend told her about it. Corinne fed all the time, and so did other people that randomly showed up with food, so when she tried to trap cats obviously it was pretty hard. They were not hungry enough to go in the traps. But she managed to trap about five or six cats, and almost all of them were friendly. She found homes for all of them within her network of friends, except for one cat that was feral, so he was TNReturned.


Corinne showed us how she got into the junkyard. There was a small gap in the chain link fence. She would trap a cat and then hoist it over the barbed wire. I have no idea how she did this by herself. IMG_3449

Corinne knew about the kittens, and knew who the mama cat was. She showed us photos of the cats she was still trying to trap. She said she had potential homes for all of them. She really was trying to do the best for the cats, but she was just overwhelmed at this point.

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That first day Joann and Corinne set traps together in the junkyard all five kittens were trapped. IMG_3339 They went into foster care with my friend Robin and will be admitted to PAWS Chicago tomorrow. Throughout their foster care their cost of vet care was $187.78 for eye meds and antibiotics.


The mama cat, Poppy, was also trapped that day. She was skin and bones and ravenous before and after her TNR. Her TNR clinic package cost $26, and testing cost $15. She tested negative for FIV and FeLV. IMG_3305 She was also friendly, and Corinne had very specific plans for her. She was adopted into an indoor home that had adopted her sister that Corinne trapped months before. Here she is being acclimated. IMG_3349

In the midst of this trapping, we met one of the contractors at the junkyard. He said we could do whatever we want. The junkyard was supposed to be cleared for a condo building, but it would be months before that happened.


Rusty was trapped next. His TNR clinic package and testing total was also $41, and he tested negative. IMG_3369

Corinne also had a specific home for him in mind as he was friendly and she had bonded to him outside and had lots of photos. unnamed

We trapped Diamond Jim next. Joann called me to help hoist him over the gap in the fence. IMG_3353

Diamond Jim’s TNR package was covered by this clinic so we just paid $20 for testing. Unfortunately he tested FIV+.


His paperwork also said he had a “superficial skin wound on his right rear leg (hock region).” The clinic gave him back to us and said he was acting “lazy” in the trap. DJ was definitely pretty lethargic, and also acting friendly, so we transferred him into the feral cat recovery lounge to test his temperament. After a few days we decided to bring him to Roscoe Village Animal Hospital to take a look. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

It turns out that his leg wound was infected and DJ had a temperature. He was weighed in at 11.2 pounds, which made a lot more sense than the weight listed as 7.5 pounds at the clinic. He was pretty heavy when we hoisted him over the fence! We treated him for everything at Roscoe Village. His total vet bill was $280. IMG_3463

After a week in the recovery lounge, Corinne was also able to place DJ into an indoor home!

That same week Joann showed up to trap and the junkyard was being cleared out. This was just days after we started, so obviously we did not have months to trap as had been explained to us. Trucks barreled into the yard and took away all of the materials. The kittens definitely would have been killed in the chaos. The workers agreed to watch the traps that Joann and Corinne had left, but when they came back that same night, the traps were also gone. We have no idea who took them.


This is what the junkyard looks like now.  IMG_3452

There were still a few cats that needed to be trapped here, but they dissipated now that the junkyard was cleared out.


We still don’t know what hapoened to the black cat in this photo, unnamed


or this siamese cat that was also a regular. IMG_0176


People stopped feeding. This all happened within the last few weeks. Total vetting costs from this colony was $569.78   and we lost $170 worth of equipment. Your donations make this possible! Thank you!


In the meantime, we found another feeding station a few blocks away where some of the missing cats, including the siamese, from this colony have been sighted. I call that colony the Kitchen Colony and I’ll be writing about that next.

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Helping Hoarder Houses: Update on the Creole Colony

Last week Tanya took three more cats from Danny’s house to be TNR’d at the clinic. So far we have TNR’d 14 adult cats from inside and outside of his house, and admitted five kittens into a shelter.


This latest round of three cats came from his enclosed back porch. This is a tiny slice of what it looks like. There is no heat or air conditioning back there. I don’t know if the windows are ever opened. IMG_0761

Fat Tabby, male, and totally friendly. IMG_1206

Pretty Girl, female and pregnant. IMG_1197

And Buffalo, male, with some untreated conjunctivitis and a very infected canine tooth. He was sent home with l-lysine, and we were advised he needed additional medical treatment. IMG_1213

I came with Tanya to drop the cats back off. Danny was prepared to put them back onto that same back porch.


Rudy showed up while we were talking to Danny. His conjunctivitis looked much worse than when we first TNR’d him. IMG_1221

Which led to a discussion about the care and medical treatment needed for the cats. Danny is still not willing to relinquish any indoor cats. Even if he was willing, we have nowhere to take them. I have asked several organizations so far for help.


During this talk, Danny mentioned kittens on the back porch, which was news to us. In addition, he said there were eight cats in his kitchen. We figured out three of those cats were most likely the cats we took in for TNR the previous time, but the remaining five cats were a mystery.


Also, Princess, the feral mama cat that used to be outside, was now also in his house, specifically in the room with Rudy. Obviously she was going to get sick from Rudy.


Danny said we could NOT spay or neuter all of the cats in the kitchen. Especially two or three cats that he kept referring to. We were not allowed to see these cats. We are still not allowed to see the “three cats” he also keeps referring to on the second floor.


Tanya and I assumed he did not want us to see the kitchen cats because they were pregnant.


It turned out we were very wrong. It’s worse than that.


Based on this conversation, Heather and I decided to visit Danny again on Friday night.


We were there for three hours, and it really did not go well overall, but some progress was made. Danny was very upset when we walked up because I was carrying a folder. I believe he thought the folder was perhaps some sort of correspondence complaining about his house. I have no idea, and of course I have no authority to do that. The folder was just all of the photos I’ve printed out of the cats that we know about so far, listing their medical conditions, so that we knew which cat we were talking about and to avoid confusion. Obviously Danny still does not trust us at all. It is also obvious now he has dealt with complaints about his house in the past, and people have been in there. He said he knew we were “investigating” and looking at everything in his house, which is why we’re not allowed inside anymore. In reality, all we have been looking for so far is the cats. Until Friday, we have never commented on anything else in his house.


During this conversation, the other outdoor mama cat we had our eye on obviously had her kittens again because she was now skinny. She laid around outside and checked us out almost the entire time we were there, but we have no idea where her kittens are. At least two other outdoor cats also came by during this time that we had not seen before. IMG_1293

Danny showed us the other indoor kittens on the back porch. There are six total, although it’s hard to see the tortie and black kittens in this photo. They are sitting on a garbage bag filled with leaves. Danny said they were born in the bag. He insisted on climbing up on an eight foot ladder balanced against a wall to turn on the light. I was scared the entire time he was going to fall off this ladder.

IMG_1294 Mama is feral and carefully watched us the entire time. IMG_1301

They are all next to this litter box. IMG_1296

All of the litter boxes and the entire back porch looks like this.


This is when the conversation started to go south. Danny showed Heather the other cats on the back porch, admitting that one was actually born there, and lived there his entire life there. When I saw that cat, he was hiding up in the rafters. This story pretty much destroyed me.


There may be more than one cat like that. This is the one I think he was talking about. IMG_0758

At this point, we have TNR’d three cats from the back porch. There are at least two or three more cats to be TNR’d from there, as well as the six kittens, that we know of. For now, he has agreed to relinquish the six kittens when they are weaned.


Then we started asking again about the cats in the rest of the house. For now, Danny will admit to three cats on the second floor. We have never seen the second floor, and so far, according to Danny, we never will, because it is “his” house. He has admitted to three cats up there, all of which were his brother’s cats. His brother died several years ago. We have no idea what the second floor looks like. We have no idea what those 3+ cats look like.


As for the cats on the main floor, Danny mentioned there are eight cats in the kitchen. I still have not seen the kitchen, and did not react positively to the news. I think there are three cats there that are now fixed.


But the remaining cats are not pregnant as we feared.


On Friday, Danny admitted that they are sick. We have no idea what that means because so far he will not let us see them.


We talked to Danny for a long time on Friday night. During this talk, he was mostly very angry and even threatened to harm Heather. Heather and I have no idea if we are doing or saying the right things. We are trying to talk to him as neighbors and friends. We understand that professional help is needed at this point, but there is no help like this that we know of. I have learned that while working on other hoarder projects here, because believe me, I’ve reached out to other organizations. In fact, these kinds of projects are REFERRED TO ME. I have not written too much about those other projects until now because they are emotionally exhausting and have consumed me. This is way beyond than what the average person should be doing on their own, and I’m hopeful in the future that some day there will be professional help for these situations. I’m very thankful to have Heather trying to help this entire time. I could not do this without her. The only organization that deals with hoarders locally that I could find online is this task force that was formed in Elgin. We definitely need a Cook County Hoarding Task Force.


Danny has admitted a lot of things to us that are very concerning. He believes he is doing the best for these cats, including whether they live or die in his house. He can not/will not afford to take the cats for medical care. They are “better off” dying in his house. We don’t know what that means because he will not elaborate. He has buried all of the cats that have died in his care in his backyard. He told us he will continue taking in any friendly cats from outside into his home.


Despite everything we have tried, he does not trust us, and fights us every step of the way. At the same time, he still answers the phone when we call, still opens the gate when we arrive, and still agrees to relinquish any kittens to us.


Admittedly, he feeds the cats regularly. That is pretty common with habitual feeders. But he believes the cats are better off in his care. As an example, he yelled at us about the feral mom and kittens that Tanya fostered for him because they were in a dog crate. He believes cages are cruel. He did not agree when we pointed out that his entire back porch is a filthy “cage” that the cats are trapped in, and that the kittens in a crate were better off than kittens born in a plastic garbage bag filled with garbage.


I am hopeful that today Danny will let us pick up and take the two to three cats from his kitchen as planned for vetting. It remains to be seen what will happen.


Along with the cats, Danny is completely overwhelmed by his job, which consists of various heavy manual labor, underpaid “handyman” projects. He is of retirement age but said he needs to keep working because of the cats. In addition, he is caring for his 92-year old mother who has bedridden and has cancer. She lives in this house with him and the cats. So asides from the problems with the cats, there are many other issues that require help from mental health professionals.


Keep in mind we live fairly close to Danny, and are trying to reach out to him as neighbors. I actually ran into Danny at the grocery store over the weekend after this talk. He was not pleased to see me, even though I just asked how he was doing, etc. After some small talk, he was the one who brought up the subject of the cats, and was very defensive. He kept saying that he will pay for any vetting and that he does not need “handouts.” He obviously does not see me as a friend who wants to help, and I’m not sure what else to do about that.


When Heather called him last night to remind him about our vet appointment, all he did was scream at her and make excuses. He no longer wants to bring the cats to the clinic himself. But Heather was still was able to convince him that she will pickup the cats herself then.


In the meantime, we are so grateful for your support. Thank you to all for your kind word and support, and who have donated to help us help Danny, including Erin G, Lora M, Ingrid H, Joann S, Danielle G, Maryann C, Susanne K, Lisa M, Madonna I, Liz B, Kati E, Susan K, Debra R, Susan W, and Nancy H, and as always thanks to Dorota Z, Carlin R, Ben M, and Barb G for their continued monthly support.


If you have any experience with hoarders, or have any questions about this project, or would like to help, please contact me at [email protected]



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Trapping and Caring for a Colony Cat After Leg Amputation

Kitty Farrell is a TNR’d feral colony cat from the Sprockets Colony who showed up in her caretaker’s yard with her leg dragging behind her the other week. You could see the bone sticking out of her leg. Kitty Farrell's injured leg The caretakers decided to use a drop trap ingeniously made out of a larger cage that they would also use for her recovery.

Drop trap The drop trap went over their cat feeding station, and they drew a chalk line where it would fall. It was easier to see the chalk line from where they were hiding and waiting for the cat. Once Kitty Farrell was well within the chalk line, they pulled the string so that the trap would fall around her, not on her. I love that detail – I never thought about a chalk line before!

They waited and watched from their kitchen window for three hours before they were able to trap Kitty Farrell.

Drop trap view

Once Kitty Farrell was trapped, they took her to the vet. Her back leg had an open compound fracture, nerve damage and muscle contracture. They determined the break was clean, as if something very heavy fell on her very fast. At least it did not look like foul play, just a freak accident of some sort. The vet recommended either amputation or euthanasia. The caretaker decided to have the leg amputated because Kitty is a healthy cat besides her injury, and they are bonded. There is a chance that Kitty can stay permanently inside if it works out.

Kitty is now recovering post-surgery in her recovery cage, with food, litter, bed, and a box to snuggle in.  Kitty in her recovery cage

I had the pleasure of visiting her for the first time yesterday. The stitches on her back leg are hard to look at, but they are clean and the surgery was successful. Kitty's stitches Kitty mostly hung out in her carrier. It is hard to see but she is here with an inflatable protective collar on to prevent her from taking out her stitches.

Kitty with balloon collar She will need to recover for at least a week before the stitches can come out, and may need additional care after that. Amputation sounds drastic, and of course it is a major surgery, but it has become more and more common and cats can adapt to living with three legs.

I have never recovered a colony cat like this myself and I have learned so much by meeting Kitty and her caretaker. Kitty Farrell is lucky to be a TNR’d colony cat with a caretaker who is willing to do whatever it takes for her to live out her life. I am so happy to have met them and share their story.

Please keep your fingers crossed for a full recovery and that Kitty can soon be a healthy tripod cat! 


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Hattie is Still Available for Adoption

Ruby was admitted into Harmony House last November and renamed Hattie. 12697198_1551951451782290_2578968556084279514_o

Hattie was a part of the Kitchen Colony, and was way too friendly to stay outside. She would run right up to all of us for pets, starting from the first time we met her. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Her long-haired coat is absolutely gorgeous, and it was impossible not to oblige. Someone outside could easily harm her because she was so trusting.


The other colony cats would also pick on her, and not let her eat. Patrice, their colony caregiver, was pretty concerned about her well-being.


After Joann fully vetted her and fostered her for a bit, Harmony House agreed to admit Hattie into their adoption program. She is still available. She is pretty shy there, which therein lies the conundrum that caregivers face – cats behave differently in different scenarios. Hattie may be a little overwhelmed by all of the cats and activity around her in a new surrounding. She is cared for beautifully there, and when we visited her, the other cats all wanted to make friends. But you can see Hattie is a bit nervous with all of them around her. IMG_4099

Harmony House is a wonderful facility and a really fun place to visit. This cross-eyed cat there caught my eye especially. IMG_4100

There’s a beautiful view from the outside as well. IMG_4102

We’re grateful to this day that Harmony House agreed to help Hattie so quickly. We hope Hattie will be adopted soon.



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Clara and Darren, the Kitten Twins, are Adopted!

We rescued Clara and Darren from the Kitchen Colony a month ago.


Since then they were fostered and cared for by Elissa F., the owner of Rockstar Pets.


Elissa did an amazing job socializing this kitten duo!


Darren is a total kitten and loves to play. IMG_3785

Clara is hilarious – she hisses and then rolls over to show you her belly for pets. IMG_3797

We reached out through social media to find potential adopters and shelters to admit them into their adoption program.


In the meantime Patrice fully vetted them for $796. If you’d like to make a donation to cover their care you can do so through Paypal at [email protected]


I’m happy to report that Patrice’s friend, Maria, adopted Clara and Darren together! This outcome is always a dream come true. We can’t wait to get updates from their new home!

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Ruby Is Now Available for Adoption at Harmony House

When we started helping with TNR on the Kitchen Colony in October, Ruby was there to greet us every time we visited. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

She would rub up on our legs and beg for pets. Patrice, the colony caregiver, said Ruby showed up this past July and she wanted to find her an indoor home since she was so friendly. The other colony cats would also bully Ruby when she came to feed. It was not a great situation for her.


We have no idea where she came from but she was already ear tipped. When we trapped her, Joann took her to Roscoe Village Animal Hospital to scan for a microchip but she did not have one. Joann never put her back outside. Instead, she fully vetted her. Ruby was estimated to be about eighteen months old, tested negative for FIV/FeLV, and was updated on all vaccinations and parasite treatments. Her vet bills totaled $640. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Ruby stayed in Joann’s place as a foster. She acclimated into Joann’s home almost immediately. We believe she used to be an indoor cat. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

We looked for an adopter and reached out to shelters.


When we reached out to Harmony House, a cageless no-kill shelter, they agreed to almost immediately admit Ruby into their adoption program. Because the process was so quick and seamless Joann made a donation. We are so grateful for their help with Ruby!


If you’d like to donate to help us cover Ruby’s vet care, you can do so through Paypal at [email protected]


Since we started TNR on the Kitchen and KFC Colonies in September our total vet bills went up to around $4000.  Joann and Patrice paid for the majority of these costs out of their pockets, and a $1000 so far was covered with your donations.


Fingers crossed that Ruby will find her new home through Harmony House very soon!






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