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					Tree House News
 P u b l i s h e d S e m i a n n u a l l y b y Tr e e H o u s e A n i m a l Fo u n d a t i o n , I n c .
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COMMUNITY
 OUTREACH
 Getting the message out
 to those who need it




✧ The Pet Food Pantry
✧ More Ways to Help Tree House
✧ Our New Pet Loss Grief Group
         A LETTER FROM THE BOARD PRESIDENT                                                                                                                 IN THIS ISSUE

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            A LETTER FROM THE BOARD PRESIDENT

Building Dams to Halt the                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Building Dams to Halt the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Overpopulation Flood              2


Overpopulation Flood                                                                                                                                                                                                                        MAILBAG
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Education and community outreach is the key
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        reventing cruelty to animals. This was why Tree                               of cat overpopulation through public education and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Community Outreach                    8
        House Animal Foundation was founded 33 years                                  training on the importance of spaying and neutering
        ago. While this means rescuing stray cats,                                    and keeping cats indoors, among other strategies.                                                                                                     HOW TO HELP
giving them proper medical treatment, preparing                                       Only if this effort is successful will we see a noticeable                                                                                            Ten Easy Ways You Can Help           10
them emotionally for adoption, and finding them                                       decrease in the number of stray, injured, and                                                                                                         FROM THE EXPERTS
loving homes, it also means educating the public                                      abandoned cats living in the alleys, under the porches                                                                                                The Pet Loss Grief Support Group     12
about the proper treatment of cats so they don’t end                                  and on the streets of Chicago neighborhoods. In the
up at Tree House’s front door in the first place. Our                                 months to come, Tree House will be re-evaluating                                                                                                      REMEMBERING
Community Outreach programs are the best way that                                     its strategic plan. You can be certain that one of the                                                                                                Memorials and Tributes               13
we can do this. Inside you can read about the many                                    burning issues we as a board and staff will address                                                                                                   THE TREE HOUSE STORE
                                                             Robert M. Marovich
ways that Tree House reaches out to the community                                     is how to educate more individuals on ways to reduce                                                                                                  Gifts for Your Kitty
and spreads the word about pet overpopulation and the ways                 cat overpopulation and how to reach more people with our                                                                                                         this Holiday Season                  14
to prevent it. Our friend and colleague Dr. Gene Mueller,                  life-saving message. We will keep you, our generous and                 ON OUR COVER: Community Outreach – our chance to educate the public on important         HAPPY ENDINGS
president of Chicago’s Anti-Cruelty Society, recently shared an            appreciated donors, apprised of this important process as it            animal related issues and remind the community that we are here to help   Page 8         Three’s Company              Back Cover
                                   analogy that underscores our            moves forward. In the meantime, I hope you find this latest
                                   responsibility as shelters to           issue informative and interesting, and that you will continue
                                   educate the public about animal         helping the staff and volunteers of Tree House to care for
                                   care. Dr. Mueller likened the           and adopt our lovable, furry residents. We need you more
                                   animal overpopulation crisis to         than ever!
                                   a raging river in which animals
                                   are floating by helplessly. While           All the best,
                                   we shelters are busy pulling
                                   them out of the river, one by
                                   one, we also need to seek out
Turnip is one of the many cats who
has benefitted from Tree House’s
                                   the source of the flood and
dedication to rescuing and caring  create dams to stop it. Tree                Robert M. Marovich
for stray cats.                    House is trying to halt the flood           President, Board of Directors


                                                                                                                                                   HOW TO HELP: Ten easy ways you can            FROM THE EXPERTS: With our new Pet         HAPPY ENDINGS: Elizabeth and Adam
                                                                                                                                                   help all the beautiful cats at Tree House     Loss Grief Support Group we hope to fill   Frick couldn’t stop with just one Tree
                                                                                                                                                   (and they’re all beautiful)!        Page 10   a void for many people         Page 12     House cat                     Back Cover



                                                                                                                                                   Tree House News is published semiannually by Tree House Animal Foundation, Inc., a tax exempt, not-for-profit, humane
                                                                                                                                                   organization founded in 1971. Contributors in this issue include: David de Funiak, Elizabeth Frick, Char Gunty, Jenny Schlueter.
                                                                                                                                                   We welcome your letters and comments. Please send any correspondence to Tree House Animal Foundation, Inc., 1212 West Carmen
                                                                                                                                                   Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60640-2999 or e-mail us at general @ treehouseanimals.org.

                                                                                                                                                                     T R E E H O U S E A N I M A L F O U N D AT I O N ’ S P R O G R A M S A N D S E R V I C E S
                                                                                                                                                   ANIMAL CARE SERVICES                            PUBLIC SERVICE PROGRAMS                        EDUCATION AND OUTREACH
                                                                                                                                                   Adoption Center                                 Animal Behavior Counseling                     Animal Care Brochures
                                                                                                                                                   Veterinary Medical Clinic                       Pet Food Pantry                                Animal-Assisted Therapy
                                                                                                                                                   Socialization Program                           Low-cost Spay/Neuter Program                   Youth Volunteer Program
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Education Outreach Program
                                                                                                                                                                              Adoption hours are Wednesday through Sunday, from 12:00 noon until 6:00 p.m.
                                                                                                                                                                                          We are closed for adoptions on Monday and Tuesday.
                                                                                                                                                                                                For more information, call (773) 784-5488.


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We Love to Hear from You!                                                                                                                        Helping the Community
Keep those cards and letters (and pictures) coming
Dear Tree House staff,                        Dear Tree House,                                  turns occasionally visiting him, talking
                                                                                                                                                 The Pet Food Pantry helps low-income people
Just wanted to write you a long overdue
note to let you know how well Luci
                                              When I brought Little Dude (now known
                                              as Bunny due to the way he almost
                                                                                                to him quietly. At the end of the night,
                                                                                                I visited him once more. He suddenly
                                                                                                                                                 and their pets stay together
                                                                                                                                                 T
                                                                                                                                                       ree House’s mission is to help                                                             Styles said that she really enjoyed her time
                      (previously known       “hops” around his new home) to my                 crawled into my lap and purred for the
                                                                                                                                                       the abused, neglected and                                                                  working at Tree House. “I used to sing to all
                      as Sybil) is doing in   home, he was scared, which I under-               first time!
                                                                                                                                                       abandoned animals of Chicago,                                                              the new arrivals and the sick kitties in the
                      her new home. As        stood. I made a little room for him in the            Now Kirby’s got the run of the house
                                                                                                                                                 but our care doesn’t stop at our                                                                 ISO’s. I also brought food for the staff.”
                      you can see from        bathroom. He was a little shy at first, but       and seems very comfortable. Much of
                                                                                                                                                 door. We have many programs to                                                                   Although Styles has moved on to other
                      this photo, she has     affectionate, and allowed me to pet him           the time, he follows us around and settles
                                                                                                                                                 help educate the community and                                                                   employment, she says she is still devoted to
                      adapted quite well.     a bit. I really fell in love with Bunny the       down in whatever room we’re in. He
                                                                                                                                                 promote the mutually-enriching                                                                   our cause. “I send people to Tree House all
                      She loves to snooze     first night he was here with me, and I                                  doesn’t like to be
                                                                                                                                                 human/animal bond. One of these                                                                  the time when they ask me about spaying or
                      and chase mice          have grown more and more crazy about                                    picked up, but he’ll
                                                                                                                                                 programs is our pet food pantry.                                                                 neutering their pets or what to do when they
                      (they’re pretend, but   him as the months go on. I cannot believe                               sometimes get into
                                                                                                                                                 We all know that taking care of a                                                                find a stray or where to go if they don’t have
                      we don’t tell her       his little spirit, and even with his                                    our laps, purring
Luci and Oscar                                                                                                                                   pet is a life-long commitment. In a                                                              enough money to buy pet food,” she
                      that!), and she is      disability, he’s just so full of energy and                             wildly. He often revs
                                                                                                Kirby at Tree House                              perfect world, everyone would be                                                                 exclaimed. We are proud that Styles is not
giving our older cat, Oscar, some much        so curious and brave. He is interested in                               up at night, reaching
                                                                                                                                                 able to provide for their pets’ basic     Marcus Newell and Tree House resident Clyde            just a passive participant in our program and
needed exercise. She’s a great little         everything that is going on! Introducing          his peak at 11, 12, or 1 a.m.! He gets
                                                                                                                                                 needs for their entire lives but                                                                              thankful for her moral support.
gal – we love having her around and           Bunny and Cooper (my other cat) was               along great with our other cat (Gus); they
                                                                                                                                                 sometimes our financial circumstances change for                                                              We know that her two cats, Major
are so glad we adopted her. Thanks for        relatively easy – Cooper has lived with           chase each other, play, and sometimes
                                                                                                                                                 the worse. When that is the case, Tree House’s Pet                                                            and Perfect are well cared for and
all that you do to help so many cats find     a cat before and he has a gentle nature.          sleep together.
                                                                                                                                                 Food Pantry is available to give food to those who                                                            we are glad to play a part in it.
good homes!                                   Soon, Bunny was sleeping on the bed at                Thanks again for all your assistance,
                                                                                                                                                 are economically disadvantaged. This has helped                                                                   Leona Lemansky distributes
            Sincerely,                                                night with Cooper and     especially Char, who gave us a lot of
                                                                                                                                                 many people, like Marcus and Erainya Newell,                                                                  the pet food during her volunteer
            Stephanie Hughes,                                         me and was following      information about Kirby.
                                                                                                                                                 continue to care for their two cats, Diamond and                                                              shift on Thursday mornings. She
            Eric Schmelling, Luci, & Oscar                            Cooper around the                              Kirby’s new humans,
                                                                                                                                                 Whiskers, on a fixed income. The Newells have been                                                            says that being able to help out
                                                                      apartment.                                     Cori & Leonard
Dear Tree House,                                                                                                                                 participating in the program for four years after                                                             the low-income pet guardians
                                                                         Another great
My name is Emily. I just turned 8 years                                                         Dear Tree House,                                 Marcus lost his job. They are always happy with the                                                           makes her happy. “Most people
                                                                      thing that happened
old. On my birthday, my mom took me           Bunny                                             Goran settled quickly into his new home          quantity and quality of the food that they receive. An                                                        are really nice and appreciate our
                                                                      as a result of adopting
to Tree House to adopt a cat. I was                                                             out in the suburbs with three other cats.        added bonus is being able to visit with the cats in our                                                       help a lot,” said Lemansky.
                                              Bunny from Tree House was rethinking
surprised and glad, because I always                                                                                             Two are ex-     reception room when they pick up their food. “We                                                                  Currently there are 80 active
                                              my decision to have my other cat, Cleo,
wanted a cat. I also have a fish named                                                                                           Socialization   always enjoy visiting with the Tree House cats,” said                                                         recipients in our Pet Food Pantry
                                              live with my old boyfriend where she
                   Harry Potter, but I’m                                                                                         cats from       Mr. Newell. “It’s great that you all can help the cats                                                        program. To be eligible, people
                                              could go outside if she wished. Ollie
                   not able to pick him                                                                                          Tree House.     and help people to help their own cats too.”                                                                  must have proof of low-income
                                              talked to me about that, and asked me
                   up and hold him. We                                                                                           Goran is            Diane Styles is another Pet Food Pantry program                                                           status, their pets must be spayed
                                              to think about not having her outside
                   adopted Whitaker,                                                                                             playful and     participant. She said that she has loved animals                                                              or neutered, and we must be able
                                              because of all the dangers involved – so                                                                                                                        Leona Lemansky and Diane Styles
                   but we renamed him                                                           Goran and Senia                  vocal and       passionately all of her life                                                                                  to verify the surgery with their
                                              I did. A couple of weeks after Bunny was
                   Henry. He is cute, nice,                                                     has made friends with all the other cats,        which prompted her to                                                                                         veterinarians. Food is available
                                              here, I got Cleo and brought her to live
                   cuddly, and soft. I like                                                     especially Dougal, his new best friend,          get a job as a caretaker                                                             to the recipient a maximum of two times per month
                                              with us. I knew that Ollie was right and
                   to pick him up and put                                                       who spent six years of his life in Tree          at Tree House eight years                                                            and at each visit they are given a two-week supply.
                                              that Cleo would be safer and hopefully
Emily and Henry
                   him in my baby stroller                                                      House. Goran is very affectionate and            ago. “When I worked at                                                               The Pet Food Pantry is funded solely by food donations.
                                              happier with us. Cleo was in shock at
and stroll him around. And he likes it!                                                         gets close to all the cats whenever possi-       Tree House I learned that                                                            We accept any brand of dog or cat food and treats.
                                              first, but it was not long until she and
My older brother, Kyle, says Henry is a                                                         ble – sniffing, grooming, wrestling (with        kittens and cats have many                                                           To register for the program contact Mike Rocheleau
                                              Bunny were both sleeping on the bed
dog in a cat suit who forgot his lines. My                                                      Dougal only), and curling up against             emotions and go through                                                              at (773) 784-5488 ext. 224 or email him at
                                              and eventually playing together!
mom says he’s purr-fect. I’ve sent you a                                                        them for a power nap. Goran and Dougal           the same things that                                                                 mrocheleau@treehouseanimals.org. Thanks for
                                                  All in all, I am so happy with Bunny
few pictures so you can see how happy                                                           are the closest and they run around the          humans do,” said Styles.                                                             thinking of the pets of low-income families, too!
                                              living here with me, and I am just trying
we all are.                                   to make his life here a good one. Thank           house together, just chasing each other
    We will take good care of Henry – feed    you for what you do for the cats.                 for the heck of it. In this picture, Goran
him, give him fresh water, play with him,                              Kari Langmyhr            has cozied up to Senia while she was
and give him lots of love. Thank you for                                                        asleep. His dedication to closeness is
letting me adopt Henry on my birthday.        To All the Great Folks at Tree House,             underlined by his precarious angle on
                     Sincerely,               We’ve had Kirby for a little more than 3          the edge of the sofa. Perilously close to
                     Emily                    weeks now, and he’s doing great. On the           slipping off, he clung on, and stayed by                                          Tree House volunteer Leona Lemansky enjoys
                                              first day in our bathroom, he hid for five        Senia for hours. Love is like scotch tape!                                        helping Pet Food Pantry recipients.
                                              hours behind our toilet and wouldn’t let                           Elizabeth Keating
                                              us touch him. My roommate and I took                               Socialization Volunteer


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                                        Feature Volunteer                                                                     Matching Gifts
                                         It’s hard to describe                                                                Does your company have a matching gifts program? If not, maybe you could start one.
                                         Georgette Robbins in just                                                            Tree House has benefited from matching gift programs from many companies big and
                                         one paragraphs. Equal parts                                                          small that want to give their employees an incentive to either volunteer or make donations
                                         sugar and spice, Georgette                   Art Auction Thank You!                  to local charities. Some of the companies that have supported us are: Altria, Allstate, Aon,
                                         likes to speak her mind and                  Everyone had a great time at            AT&T, Bank of America, BP Amoco, Chicago Tribune, CNA Insurance, ExxonMobil,
                                         is proud of it. Georgette is                 the Chicago Cultural Center’s           Fannie Mae, Follett Corp., Harris Bank, ITW, Kennecott Energy Corp., Kemper Insurance,
                                         among a small number of                      Preston Bradley Hall overlooking        Leo Burnett, Markel Corp., McDonald’s, Morgan Stanley, Pfizer, Prudential, The Playboy
                                         active volunteers who have                   Millennium Park. The “Art for           Foundation, UBS, Verizon and W.W. Grainger. We thank these generous companies and
                                         been at Tree House more                      Animals” Art Auction was a huge         remind their employees to take advantage of these programs!
    than five years. Georgette started at Tree House back in early                    success and we made over $13,000!
    1997 after 55 years of hard work starting at a laundry when she                   Thanks to everyone who contributed
    was only fifteen! She went on to work as a customer service                       their time and talents: Nick Faitage,
    representative at a flavor company, a receptionist in several                     Gary Singer and Co. of Cooking
    offices, a cashier at a drugstore and she filled prescriptions at an              Fools, Stan Fleischman of The
    optometrist’s office. When she married her husband Bill, in 1952,                 Frame Factory, Al Burr of Al Burr
    she helped him run several of his restaurants and drugstores                      Gallery, Perry Olshein, our auction-    Microchip Day                                       Lights of Love 2004
    around Chicago. Georgette had always had cats and dogs                            eer and Doug Johnson and the            The Tree House Microchip Day on                     We have already reminded
    growing up, so when her veterinarian told her about Tree House,                   Gunnelpumpers, our entertainment.       Sunday, August 15th, was extremely                  you, but we want to invite
    she decided to come by to adopt another cat. Georgette was so                     Special thanks to Tree House event      successful. We microchipped nearly                  you once again to plan to
    impressed with Tree House, and since she had retired and Bill                     staff and volunteers and all of the     100 cats and dogs, and educated                     attend this year’s Lights
    had passed away, she decided to volunteer all of her newly-found                  talented                                many people on the benefits of this                 of Love Open House and
    free time as well! We are so lucky to have her. Georgette comes                   artists and                                                  revolutionary                  Lighting Ceremony.
    loyally every Tuesday and Saturday to visit with the cats and                     generous                                                     technology. A                  December is sneaking up on
    generally do anything asked of her. She is also a seasoned                        donors                                                       special thanks                 us quickly so mark your cal-
    ambassador at special events and does a great job talking                         for their                                                    to Dr. Derrick                 endars if you haven’t done so already! It’s a chance to tour the
    us up to the public. Thanks for everything, Georgette.                            work.                                                        Landini and his                Tree House facility, plus there’s food, beverages, a silent auction,
                                                                                                                                                   staff at the                   entertainment and an opportunity to meet our staff and some
                                                                                                                                                   Animal Ark                     of the other wonderful people who support Tree House! New
                                                                                                                                                   Veterinary                     this year, will be a mini art auction (great for those who missed
                                                                                                                                                   Clinic for                     the September event), painting demonstrations and a bake sale!
                                                                                                                                                   volunteering                   The event takes place both in the shelter and in a big, heated
                                                                                                                                                   their time and                 tent in back. We even make arrangements for easy parking!
           A Kid who                                                  Carson Pirie Scott’s                                                         the facility for               Come see what your donations make possible. It will give you
           really cares                                               Community Day Event on                                                       the event.                     a warm feeling all over and surely become a holiday tradition.
           for Kitties!                                               Saturday November 20th
           Mara Weisbach,                                             Tree House can help you get a good deal at
           one of our youth                                           Carson Pirie Scott, Bergner’s, Boston Store,
           volunteers, just                                           Herberger’s or Younkers. You can help Tree
           won the “Kohl’s                                            House by shopping! How? Just buy a coupon
           Kids Who Care”                                             packet from us. With each $5.00 coupon                                                          Follow up on Oracle and her kittens!
           award for her                                              packet purchase, customers receive one $5.00                                                   We were so overwhelmed at the responses we got from our letter about
           work at Tree                                               coupon good on almost any purchase and                                                         Oracle and her kittens, Magnus, Ouija and Augura, that we thought we should
           House. She won                                             six additional coupons, each good for 20% off                                                  update everybody on their status. After her kittens were weaned, Oracle
           the local award from the store in                          almost any merchandise purchase (in addition                                                   relaxed a bit more and we were able to take her to an eye specialist who
           Lincolnwood, IL. Mara said that her work                   to the fabulous One Day Sale prices!) at any                                                   determined that she had absolutely no vision, as we had suspected, and
           at Tree House really makes her feel good!                  of the stores mentioned above. You will also                                                   recommended an enucleation (eye removal) be performed. She was spayed
           “I like knowing that I’m helping the cats                  receive two specially priced merchandise                                                       on Friday July 30th and the enucleation was performed a week later. Although
           become more adoptable and that I am                        offers available only to Community Day                                                         it is upsetting that Oracle’s eyes were too damaged to be saved, the removal of
           helping them feel like they are at home at                 coupon packet holders and a chance to win                          the remaining eye tissue has made her life so much better by eliminating the chronic eye infections that
           the shelter.” Thanks and keep up the good                  a great raffle prize! Tree House keeps all                         she has been plagued with. Her kittens, Ouija, Augura and Magnus are growing up fast! Magnus and
           work, Mara!                                                proceeds from the coupon packet sales and                          Ouija were neutered and Augura was spayed at the end of July. Magnus was adopted by a staff-member
                                                                      you get a great deal and a head start on your                      and her partner, a Tree House volunteer, who fell in love with him after spending so much time attending
                                                                      Holiday shopping! To purchase your coupon                          to him and his feline family. Magnus is going to make a companion for their other kitten, Mr. Stinky. His
                                                                      packet, call Jenny at (773) 784-5488 ext. 231.                     siblings, Augura and Magnus, and mom,Oracle, all have new homes as well!




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                                                                                                          40 musical acts.                              d crafts
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on important animal-related issues and remind the community that are there with
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the animal welfare community.                                                          Besides these tw
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                                                                                 can. This year, we                           orhood festivals                                                                                                                                                           piratio           of the           cr
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                       we pride our-                                                                 om live in a near
                                                                                                                                                                                others as we                                          ative ways to
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   humane world so                                                             pets. The kids we                              by high-rise that
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   selves on our  Youth Volunteer                                              day. Albert is an
                                                                                                     re all thrilled to
                                                                                                                             meet Albert, ou                                    offices and other org                       time, a committee fro
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                      uth Volunteer                                                                 FIV-positive male                              r spokescat that
                                                                                                                                                                                help us help     our cats. Most of the               er activities and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    es. Ma        ad our
   Program. The Yo                  n
                                                                              living in a feral
                                                                                                  cat colony in an
                                                                                                                               cat who had spen
                                                                                                                                                       t many years                                        plan games and oth
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    Program work   s with childre                                             story encouraged                            alley in south Ch                                     the organization will                          of the group to                             House y pet supply businesses,                      l
                     from    9 a.m. to                                                                the children to as                          icago. Albert’s
                                                                                                                                                                                provide incen      tives for the members                 s that these                     order to
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              e and s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        stores,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                invite T
    every Saturday                                                            a lively discussio                               k many questions
                                                                                                                                                                                                            use. Some of the thing                                                                     ha                re
                         ants are divided        lunteers Rebecc
                                                                a and                               n about pet care                                    which led to
                                                                                                                                                                                 contribute to Tree Ho                                                                    2004 a reach out to re their spac e
    noon. The particip 8 to 11-year- Vo talia visit Humdinger                 neutering pets,
                                                                                                  and the humane
                                                                                                                           , the importance
                                                                                                                                                   of spaying and                                             nimal Bin   go,” hold “cubicle                                      lone, T              more p            e in
    into two age grou
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                                                                                                                          treatment of anim                                      groups do are: play “A                                       ent at                     in adop            ree Ho             eople.
                       -year-olds. The
                                              at Tree House                                                                                         als in general.                                                does something differ                                           ti               use                In
     olds and 12 to 15                        of cleaning, spen
                                                                   d the                                                                                                         ma   rkets” where everyone              ployees (i.e., sandwich
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     es,                 Closet, on and outre has particip
                                rm one hour                                                                                                                                                                  other em                                                             Lincoln             ach ev           ated
     kids are asked to
                        perfo
                                            g cats, and the las
                                                                  t                                                                                                              their cubicle to sell to                                nt auctions,                   4 Legs                Park S          ents at
                         ing and groomin                                                                                                                                                                     icit donations for sile                                             P                    a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Fido’s, et Products, vings Bank,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       The
     next hour socializ                        a humane issue
                                                                  such                                                                                                           bakery, crafts, etc), sol                      and linen drives for
              rning about and
                                  discussing                                                                                                                                                        ets, and hold pet food                                                       Lakevie            Surren
                                                                                                                     how                                                          sell raffle tick
                                                          House is                                                                                                                                                                          the group                  18. The              w               de
                                                                                                                                                                                                                usually pays a visit to                                         se even PetsMart, a r, Famous

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     hour lea                             abuse. Tree
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      as pet overpopu           portant knowled                                                                                                                                                                          m of our mission, and                                 uting b                portan Hanger

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                                                                                                                                                                                                               orm the
             to share this im                                 hools and                                                                                                           to encourage them, inf                                       staff.                 advice             ehavio
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ral and t for
      proud                              ial seminars at sc                                                                                       no signs
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                                                                  our                                                                 nd shows                                                                               workers to take a bre
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                                                                                                                                                                                                               at way for                                            locatio             ever le            reach a               hris at        e
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      day care centers,               wider audience.                                           pet busin                      hy Tree H l pet show, the                                                       l cohesive as a gro     up and to help                        ns pro               a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       vide an rn about Tre n audience                          der
                          to reach a                                                      The                         h is w                                                       from their routine, fee                                                           myths
       Youth Programs                                                                                  own, whic                        annua                    . The                                                       It is also a great way                          of                  av              eH               who
                                                                                          slowing d icagoland’s largest ery year in March                             t            generate pri    de in the workplace.                    orce to                  compa cat persona enue to educ ouse. Oftenti might
                                                                                               are at Ch                     Expo, ev                       check ou                                          members of the workf                                          nionsh              lity and          ate peo            m
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ple abo es, these
                                                                                           we                      ily Pet
                                                                                                     land Fam vent where anima
                                                                                                                                                l-lovers
                                                                                                                                                                nt, learn          for us to reach out to                 lfare. Tree House helps
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    animals           ip,                 be
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             . For m and the imp havior, the b                      ut the
                                                                                           Chicago                                                         inme                                                  imal we
                          Pet Food Pantry                                                  Pet Expo
                                                                                                        is a huge
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                                                                                                                  njoy anim
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                                                                                                                                 al-centere use makes sure to
                                                                                                                                                o                  special
                                                                                                                                                                                    educate them about an
                                                                                                                                                                                         organization set up a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    display at the office wit
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 h plenty
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ore info
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         n see p f spaying an f animal
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                                                                                                                        nd more.
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                                                                                                                                                       pcoming
                                                                                                                                                                                    the
                                                                                                                                                                                                              our missi   on and work. This pa                                                                   age 10            d neute
                           We know that sometimes low-income pet guardians                                  shelters a , materials about u optable cats                             of information about                                generosity of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          .                 ring
                                                                                                         a
                                                                                            about are erchandise                                                                                               benefited from the
                           will skip meals to save enough money to feed their                             m                               about our
                                                                                                                                                       ad
                                                                                                                                                                   ing              year, Tree House has                           counting, Banco                  We are always looking
                           cat or dog. The Pet Food Pantry ensures that both                bring our lots of information ices. One great th                                         the following    organizations: CCH Ac
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         ding branch.               for more opportunities to talk about
                                                                                             eve nts, and                 ms    and serv                    adopters                                          Bank’s consumer len
                           humans and animals are getting enough to eat.                                   our progra that many Tree Ho
                                                                                                                                                      use             cat            Popular, and LaSalle
                                                                                             and all of                                                  ss of their                 For information see pa
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ge 10.                                            our passion – our feline friends, their proper
                           Qualifying clients receive supplementary pet food                                  et Expo is port on the progre ree House
                                                                                              ab out the P              to re                          out  T                                                                                                       care and the humane treatment of animals in general.
                           twice a month. The food is donated to Tree House                                 ur booth                      stories ab
                                                                                              come to o                   e hearing                                                                                                                                 If you have any questions, comments or ideas, please let
                           from a variety of sources, including individuals and                              ns. We lov
                           pet stores who have damaged goods or overstocked                    companio happy homes!                                                                                                                                                us know! www.treehouseanimals.org
                                                                                                            eir
                           merchandise. For more information see page 5.                       cats in th
                                                                                                                                                                                To support our community outreach efforts and all other Tree House programs, please use the envelope provided with this newsletter.

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       HOW TO HELP



The Giving Season Is Upon Us                                                                                                              8    Shop to Help Tree House
                                                                                                                                               Yes, you can help Tree House just
Consider these ten easy ways to help Tree House                                                                                                by shopping! This time we’ve got
                                                                                                                                               our days conveniently scheduled
                                                                                                                                               for the weeks just before

1    Holiday Raffle
     By now you must have received
     notice of our Holiday Raffle. It would
                                               3   Car Donations
                                                   Are you ready to turn in your gas
                                                   guzzler for a hybrid? Is your car on
                                                                                            6   Tree House Shopping and
                                                                                                Adoption Weekends
                                                                                                In the last several months, many
                                                                                                                                               Thanksgiving and Christmas!
                                                                                                                                               Simply cut out the coupons at the
                                                                                                                                               right and take them with you when
                                                                                                                                               you shop on the designated dates.
     really help us if you took these raffle       its last wheels? Everyone knows that         stores have host adoption and
     tickets to your school, office, church,       dealerships don’t give very much for         fundraising events to benefit Tree             Tree House receives between 5%
     community center or anywhere you              trade-ins and fielding all those calls       House. If you or someone you know              and 7% of your purchase, and all
     can think of and asked people to par-         from the classifieds is time-consum-         in the Chicago area owns a pet                 you have to do is shop on these
     ticipate! The tickets are inexpensive         ing. Why not donate your used                supply store, boutique, restaurant or          days and present the appropriate
     ($3.00 each or 2 for $5.00), the prizes       vehicle to Tree House instead? It’s          any business and would like to help            coupon when you shop. You need
     are great (Grand prize – an all-              a great tax write-off and an easy            our animals, please have them con-             groceries. You want to help Tree
     expense paid trip to San Francisco!)          way to give without dipping into             tact Jenny at (773) 784-5488, ext. 231.        House. It’s so easy. Do your big
     and all the proceeds help our 300             your savings. We have a mechanic             Generally, the business and Tree               shopping at Jewel on November
     furry felines stay healthy and find           on staff who generously gives his            House mutually publicize the event             15th, 16th & 17th and December
     good homes! If you want more                  time to evaluate and fix up donated          with flyers and in the media. We               13th, 14th & 15th. Head over to
     tickets, call Jenny at (773) 784-5488,        cars so we can get top value for             will provide informational and                 Dominick’s on November 29th &
     ext. 231.                                     them. No lemons please; they must            educational materials, offer Tree              30th or December 1st, 6th, 7th or
                                                   at least be in running condition. For        House merchandise for sale and                 8th and present the coupon when

2    PetsMart “Santa Claws”and
     “Wish Tree”Programs
     During three weekends in December,
                                                   more information on donating your
                                                   car, contact Jenny Schlueter at
                                                   (773) 784-5488 ext. 231.
                                                                                                bring “spokescats” to greet the
                                                                                                adoring public! Often the business
                                                                                                donates a percentage of all weekend
                                                                                                                                               you shop. That’s it! Cut them out
                                                                                                                                               right now, before you forget, and
                                                                                                                                               put them in your wallet or coupon
                                                                                                                                               holder. Thank you again for helping
     customers and their pets can receive                                                       profits to Tree House. It’s a great way
     a holiday photo with “Santa Claws”.
     For $9.95, customers will receive two
     framed Polaroid photographs. Five
                                               4   Community Check
                                                   Tree House is now part of the
                                                   Community Check Program. All
                                                                                                to help each other. We bring extra
                                                                                                customers to the business, and the
                                                                                                business donates part of their profits
                                                                                                                                               Tree House.



     dollars from each photo session
     will be donated to the humane
     organization participating that day.
                                                   you have to do to get cool checks
                                                   with the Tree House logo and cute
                                                   pictures of puppies and kittens is go
                                                                                                to a good cause. Better yet, people
                                                                                                learn more about Tree House and
                                                                                                our mission and some of our cats
                                                                                                                                          9    Cruising for Charity
                                                                                                                                               Tree House Animal Foundation,
                                                                                                                                               Blues Skies Travel and Carnival
     Come support Tree House at the                to www.petchecks.com and place an            can find new homes!                            Cruise Lines are banding together
     PetsMart-Lincoln Park at 2665 N.              order. A book of 200 single style                                                           to offer Tree House supporters
     Elston on December 4th & 5th and
     11th & 12th and at the PetsMart-Lake
     View East at 2832 N. Broadway on
                                                   checks are only $14.95 and 150
                                                   duplicate style checks are $15.95.
                                                   Tree House gets $1.00 for every
                                                   order and re-order of checks! What
                                                                                            7   Offices Can Sponsor Tree
                                                                                                House, too!
                                                                                                Recently, LaSalle Bank’s Consumer
                                                                                                                                               a great deal on a cruise with part
                                                                                                                                               of the proceeds to benefit Tree
                                                                                                                                               House! Why not take a well-
                                                                                                                                               deserved vacation and help Tree
     December 18th & 19th. In addition,                                                         Lending Division spent a month
     Tree House will be listed on many             an easy way to help Tree House!                                                             House at the same time? Rates
                                                                                                fundraising for us! They held bake
     PetsMart area Wish Trees. The Wish                                                                                                        and dates will be available soon.
                                                                                                sales, cyber-bingo, a silent auction
     Trees will be displayed at the front
     of all PetsMart stores and list the
     store’s charity partners. Customers
                                               5   AndreaForAnimals.com
                                                   Andrea is an animal-lover who
                                                   decided to sell Avon products as
                                                                                                and more! Employees had a lot
                                                                                                of fun while doing something to
                                                                                                help stray cats in their area! The
                                                                                                                                               For more information contact Jill
                                                                                                                                               Sussman at Blue Skies Travel:
                                                                                                                                               866.797.6733 or see our website:
                                                                                                                                               www.treehouseanimals.org.
     can choose to give $1, $5 or $10 to           a way to help some of her favorite           employees raised over $2,000 for
     the charities listed on the wish trees.
     Some of the PetsMarts listing Tree
     House are the stores in: Skokie,
     Brickyard, Burbank, Orland Hills,
                                                   charities including Tree House!
                                                   10% of all net sales are donated
                                                   to the charities of the buyers’
                                                   choice. To learn more, go to
                                                                                                Tree House, and we received some
                                                                                                great in-kind items of cat food and
                                                                                                merchandise. A special thanks to
                                                                                                LaSalle Bank and Gina Ippolito for
                                                                                                                                          10   Entertainment Books
                                                                                                                                               The 2005 Entertainment Books
                                                                                                                                               (Chicago North/Northwest
     Merrillville, IN, Darien, Downers             www.AndreaForAnimals.com                                                                    edition) are here at a low price
                                                                                                organizing this very successful
     Grove and of course, Lincoln Park                                                                                                         of $20 or $25 shipped locally.
                                                                                                program to benefit Tree House. P.S.
     and Lake View East. For more                                                                                                              These are great as stocking
                                                                                                You don’t have to live in Chicago to
     information, call Jenny at                                                                                                                stuffers or for yourself! Other
                                                                                                raise money for Tree House! Just let
     (773) 784-5488 ext. 231 or your                                                                                                           areas and states can be ordered
                                                                                                us know what information you need
     local PetsMart.                                                                                                                           through www.entertainment.com
                                                                                                and we’ll send you the appropriate
                                                                                                                                               using our account number:
                                                                                                materials and a donation box so
                                                                                                                                               856312
                                                                                                you can hold a fundraiser for us
                                                                                                wherever you live!



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          FROM THE EXPERTS                                                                                                                                                  REMEMBERING


The Grieving Process Can Be Complicated                                                                                                                           Tree House Memorials and Tributes
The Pet Loss Grief Support Group offers relief                                                                                                                    We remember and honor those beloved friends who have touched our lives
                                                                                                                                                                  In Honor of:                          ❁ my kitties Tommy & Angel            ❁ Charlie & Fluff                     ❁ Soozie


                                                        G
                                                                  rief is a concept that everyone can understand, since most of us have                                                                   & my first cat Midnight               Mr. J. R. Griess, Jr.                 Ms. Sandra Mertes
                                                                  experienced the pain of losing a loved one at some point during our lives.                      ✯ Mike & Martha’s Anniversary           Linda Kay Burklund
                                                                                                                                                                    Ms. Joanne Clough                                                         ❁ Sheldon T. Schneider                ❁ Mr. Mews & John Zamorski
                                                                  Even in our seemingly gruff and callous society, people usually have                                                                  ❁ Jingles Howard                        Edward I. & Joy Hashimoto             Ms. Joyce E. Morway
                                                                                                                                                                  ✯ Samantha & Rachel                     Mr. & Mrs. Kevin Carlson
                                                           compassion for those who are grieving, respecting the private, personal struggle                         Ms. Amy H. Cranford                                                       ❁ Pumpkin & Tinker                    ❁ Smokey, Obie, Bear, KC & Sam
                                                           of someone dealing with the loss of a friend or family member.                                                                               ❁ Salve & Frannie                       Ms. Sally Ann Hellberg                Ms. Judy Nordstrom
                                                                                                                                                                  ✯ Fred & Janis Krueger                  Ms. Sandy Christafferson
                                                               However, this supportive sympathy can often disappear when someone is                                Neala and Tom Fink                                                        ❁ Mr Furrgy                           ❁ my beloved Wilbureee
                                                                                                                                                                                                        ❁ Jasper                                Mr. Clark B. Hopkins                  Ms. Rebecca Peterson
                                                           grieving the loss of a beloved pet rather than a beloved human. Pet lovers who                         ✯ Mr. & Mrs. Charles Younger            Ms. Karen M. Churchill
                                                                                                                                                                    50th Wedding Anniversary                                                  ❁ Cali                                ❁ Barney, Abigail & Abacus
                                                           mourn their deceased pets are sometimes viewed cynically, their grief discounted                                                             ❁ Ryane Lakies                          Debra L. & Robert W. Hunter           Shirley Pitela
                                                                                                                                                                    Mrs. Delphine C. Fodor
                                                           by peers as an overreaction to the situation. “Just get another cat,” is a common                                                              Bradley & Karen Clodfelter          ❁ Anushki & Alanesa                   ❁ Patsy & Poco
                                                                                                                                                                  ✯ Smudge, Spook, Annie & all strays
                                                           response to grieving pet guardians. This lack of social acceptance can often                             John B. & Celine Kaluza Gape        ❁ King Abacus                           Terrie Jacks                          Ms. Olga Pocil
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Ms. Joanne Clough                   ❁ Fluffy Drummond                     ❁ Fred
                                                           compound the grief, causing people to repress their sadness, or even feel shame                        ✯ Doodles, Squirt & MuMu
                                                                                                                                                                    Mr. J. R. Griess, Jr.               ❁ Annette L. Cole                       Mary & Charles Johansen               Mr. Alan Prescott
                                                           for the overwhelming                                                                                                                           Ms. Julianna T. Cole
Terri Treiman, at right, conducts a Pet Loss Grief Support emotions that accompany                                                                                ✯ Smudge, Spook, Annie & all strays                                         ❁ Elvis Presley                       ❁ Socrates
Group at Tree House                                                                                                                                                 Ms. Kaarin Holmberg                 ❁ all our beloved felines               The Elvis Presley Fan Club of         Ms. Barbara J. Robinson
                                                           the loss of a pet.                                                                                                                             Harold & Ann Connell                  Chicago c/o Ms. Jeanne E. Kalweit   ❁ Jenny, beloved feline companion
                                                                                                                                                                  ✯ the Kitty Cat Girls
    While grief may seem like a simple concept, the grieving process itself                                                                                         Mrs. J. M. Lane                     ❁ Rupert & Kesh                       ❁ Brok, Sammie, Amber & Suzy Q          & best friend of Kim Kellogg
can be extremely complicated. It can mean much more than just being sad                                                                                                                                   Ms. Amy H. Cranford                   Christie Kaye-Mirza                   Miss Leslie G. Robinson
                                                                                                                                                                  ✯ the Birthday of Jane Feerer
for a few days. It requires people to face their feelings, and to understand                                                                                        Robert B. and Susan E. Patrick      ❁ Don Werner                          ❁ my beloved cat Billy                ❁ Hewitt Sanabria
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Bonnie Daubert                        Ms. Gail Anne Keller                  Ms. Helen G. Sanabria
and rationalize the loss of a beloved pet, friend or family member. Each                                                                                          ✯ Walter Kushner
                                                                                                                                                                    Ms. Olga Poci                       ❁ my beloved Cheddar                  ❁ Dino                                ❁ Lyle
individual will handle grief in his or her own unique way, and there may be                                                                                                                               Ms. Pamela Deely                      Ms. Linda Kinnach                     Peggy Sasgen
no good explanation for what we are feeling, no quick answer to help us feel                                                                                      ✯ Beauette
                                                                                                                                                                    Mr. Edgar Scott Rife III            ❁ Linus Dispenza                      ❁ CH Marie Stonewall & What           ❁ The Bat, beloved cat of Sonya Reed
better, and no definite end to the process. The important thing is to recognize                                                                                                                           Ms. Robin Dispenza                    Else Is New, aka Elvis                & Daniel Chamberlin
                                                                                                                                                                  ✯ Sugar Shane & Orka                                                          Ms. Leslie Ann Krussell               Douglas Savitsky
these complex feelings and deal with them on a conscious level.                                                                                                     Collin and Janet Sasser             ❁ John M. Dodge & Velcro
    This is why Tree House Animal Foundation has developed the Pet Loss                                                                                                                                   Darlene M. Dodge                    ❁ Buster & Max                        ❁ Jacquie Haig
                                                                                                                                                                  ✯ Sammy’s 9th Birthday                                                        Ms. Carol Leonard                     Fred and Sharon Scheaffer
Grief Support Group to help individuals understand and cope with the                                                                                                Ms. Gloria Shelhamer                ❁ Sheldon T. Schneider
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Joy Douglass                        ❁ Bebe, Trixie, Bijou, Minooche       ❁ Rochester — 06/24/89 – 04/03/04
potentially crippling effects of grief. The Grief Support Group is divided into                                                                                   ✯ Noodles & Jr.                                                               & Peter                               Ms. Julie A. Smith
                                                                                                                                                                    Henry & Diane Somers                ❁ my cat Boots
six, two-hour sessions, and it is coordinated and moderated by Terri Treiman,                                                                                                                             Ms. Dolores S. Drobny                 Ms. Colette Lozins                  ❁ Snoopy, Muffin, Jasper & Ms.
                                                                                                                                                                  ✯ Lucky                                                                     ❁ Cassia, dog of Phyllis Raimondi       Henry & Diane Somers
a licensed Clinical Social Worker, and Elizabeth Keating, a Licensed                                                                                                Carol Wiatrak                       ❁ beloved feline Huckleberry
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Maria Edstrom                         & Cooper, cat of Sharon Swidler     ❁ Max
Professional Counselor. Terri and Elizabeth are both long-time Tree House                                                                                                                                                                       Ms. Sabrina MacLean
                                                                                                                                                                  In Memory of:                         ❁ Ronald S. Ellingson                                                         Ms. Wendy Straw
volunteers, and both are well acquainted with the issues that surround                                                                                                                                                                        ❁ King Abacus
                                                                                                                                                                  ❁ Nanette Linda Lewis Abels             Ms. Edna B. Ellingson                                                     ❁ Mush & Buffy
grieving animal guardians.                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Ms. Mary Ann Mahoney                  Mr. Barrett Sweet
                                                                                                                                                                    Travel Trade Publications, Inc.     ❁ Janice Enagonio & Bob Enagonio
    “There isn’t really a formal setting for people who are dealing with the                                                                                                                              Ms. Elisabeth Enagonio              ❁ Max the Cat                         ❁ Cooper
                                                                                                                                                                  ❁ Opie the Dog                                                                Janice Mason
loss of a companion animal. There just aren’t enough outlets in place for                                                                                           Sztam Family                        ❁ Snowball Endress                                                            Ms. Sharon Swidler
those people in this day and age,” explains Terri Treiman, co-coordinator                                                                                                                                 Mr. Lawrence Endress                ❁ Scott Mehula                        ❁ Cassie
                                                                                                                                                                  ❁ Jeanne Eubanks                                                              Carol A. Mehula
of the Grief Support Group. “People often are uncomfortable about talking                                                                                                                               ❁ Minna & Minkie                                                              Carol & Nicole Vanderveen
                                                                                                                                                                    Signature Flight Support
about their grief, afraid that even their friends and family will discount                                                                                          O'Hare Inc.                           Ms. Ruth-Kay Erickson                                                     ❁ Arleen N. Wayne
                                                                                                                                                                                                        ❁ Chester Reese Farrington                                                    Richard F. Wayne
their sadness. This creates a sense of loneliness, which can quickly lead                                                                                         ❁ Casper Barron
                                                                                                                                                                    Ms. Linda Barron                      Mrs. Sandra S. Farrington                                                 ❁ Susan Wimpffen & Mama
to depression.”                                                                                                                                                                                         ❁ Lawrence Somerville                                                         Eva Magdalena Wimpffen
                                                                                                                                                                  ❁ no specified person or animal
    The first session of the Pet Loss Grief Support Group provides an                                                                                               Ms. Lisa Baytos                       Ms. Melissa Gilbert
overview of the sessions, gives an introduction of the people involved, and                                                                                       ❁ Maria Hernandez                     ❁ Eddie, Aka: The Norweigh Box Cat,
sets the guidelines for the following sessions. The second and third sessions                                                                                       Arlana D. Bedard                      & Leon
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Dr. & Mrs. Allan I. Goldberg
introduce story-telling, the identification of emotions, and discussions                                                                                          ❁ Avenue B strays
                                                                                                                                                                    Patricia Black
regarding the differences between grief and mourning. The fourth session                     The memorial board at Tree House not only serves to notify staff
                                                                                             and volunteers of the death of a resident but also honors the cats   ❁ Chili
deals with the importance of ritual in the grieving process, and the fifth                   who are gone and greatly helps everyone in the grieving process.       Maureen Bogle & Marge Ziebell
                                          session helps attendees create a memorial to                                                                            ❁ Tiger & Affie
                                          help deal with the loss of their pet. The last session reviews the group’s activities and offers resources                Lorraine Bottorf
                                          to help group members seek further guidance, which include a list of reputable, caring veterinarians,                   ❁ Harry
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   How to Purchase
                                          informative books about the grieving process, and websites that offer advice and direction.                               Ms. Debra Brauns-Razvi                         Memorials and Tributes:
                                              “The Pet Loss Grief Support Group offers people a forum to release their emotions and begin to                      ❁ Dan Breyfogle                                  To add a tribute message to Tree House News, we
                                                                                                                                                                    Ms. Sharon Breyfogle
                                          accept their pet’s loss. It gives them the tools they need to help memorialize their deceased pets, and                                                                  request a gift of $50 or more. To include a photo with
                                                                                                                                                                  ❁ Dan Breyfogle
                                          also helps them better prepare for the potential loss of future pets. The Group facilitates the sharing                   Ms. Edna Buell                                 your tribute message, we request a gift of $100 or more.
                                          of feelings so people are reassured that they are not alone, and it gives them coping mechanisms                        ❁ Rose Picchiotti                                Remember that with a tribute gift of any amount, we can
                                          to help get them on the road to happiness.”                                                                               Ms. Diane L. Burica                            send a tribute card to anyone you designate. Feel free to
Terri Treiman, left, discusses the
Pet Loss Grief Support Group with
                                              For more information about the Pet Loss Grief Support Group, please contact Terri Treiman                                                                            use the enclosed return envelope to make your tribute gift.
Tree House Volunteer Coordinator          at (773) 784-5488, ext. 227.
Joan Levergood




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         THE TREE HOUSE STORE


Give the Gift of Tree House!
The items in our catalog make the perfect gift for any occasion!

                                                                Scooter-on-a-String

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Catnip Mat
                                                                                                                                                             Cat Charmer                                         Leona’s Catnip Pillow                                                             Your cat will roll, play and
                                      Feather Tail                                                                                                           A rainbow eye-catcher sure                          Home-made catnip pillow.          Floor Scratcher                                 catnap on these attractive
                                                                                                                                                             to entice your cat into some                        Leona is a Tree House             This 13” x 18” sisal-covered                    13” x 17” cotton mats filled
                                                                                                                                                             excellent playtime! Attached                        volunteer who really knows        floor scratcher will drive your                 with the finest organically
                                                     Spider-on-a-String                                                                                                                                                                                                                            grown catnip and polyester
                                                                                                                                                             to a cylinder that you can                          how to make a cat happy.          cat wild. More portable than
                                                                                                                                                             wave or plant anywhere.                             This pillow is loaded with        a scratching post, the floor                    quilt batting.
                                                                                                                                                             Item #102                  $6.00                    catnip!                           scratcher is treated with                       Item #105                  $14.00
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Item # 107                $2.50   catnip to entice your cat.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Item #101                 $26.00
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Please disregard the chart below
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   and add $7.95 for shipping.
                                      Kitty’s Favorites
                                      With an easy to maneuver rod
Stoker Catnip Ropes                   these colorful batting toys                     Kerry Mouse                         Cat Dancer                         How to order                                                                          Easy Shipping/Handling/Insurance Chart
About 7” long, these soft,            guarantee hours of fun for                      This handmade cloth mouse           A proven favorite here at Tree     1. Fill out order form completely, including street delivery                          If your order totals            Add             If your order totals    Add
cuddly catnip ropes are made          your little best friend.                        is filled with freshly grown        House! Swing it for your cat’s        address ($1.50 extra charge for non-street address). Specify                          $10.00 or less               $3.00              $60.01 – $75.00      $9.95
of a fleece material and filled       Item #109            Feather Tail               catnip and has a long tail (11”).   delight or attach it to a wall.       items to be sent to other persons. Gift card included upon                            $10.01 – $30.00              $4.95              $75.01 – $100.00    $11.95
with organically grown catnip                                                         No small attachments so your        Your cat will dance for joy!          request; gift wrapping NOT available.                                                 $30.01 – $40.00              $6.95            $100.01 – $150.00     $13.95
                                      Item #118 Scooter-on-a-String
that is sure to ignite your cat’s                                                     cats are free to really dig in!     Item #103                  $4.00   2. Calculate shipping fee with easy chart at right.                                      $40.01 – $50.00              $7.95               Over $150.00       $15.95
senses!                               Item #119 Spider-on-a-String                                                                                           3. Send order form with full payment, including shipping to                              $50.01 – $60.00              $8.95           Call for delivery in Canada
                                                                                      Item #113                  $4.00
Item #177                  $5.00                            each $6.00                                                                                          Tree House Animal Foundation, Inc., 1212 West Carmen
                                                                                                                                                                Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60640-2999. No billing or COD. Do                        Shipping Information
                                                                                                                                                                not send cash. Allow 4-6 weeks for delivery.                                       We ship UPS in the continental U.S. Extra $1.50 fee for orders to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Canada, Hawaii, APO & FPO, P.O. Boxes and Parcel Post (where
                                                                                                                                                             Charge by phone for faster service                                                    UPS does not deliver). These shipments take an additional two
                                                                                                                                                             Call (773) 784-5488 ext. 230, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Central Time,                         weeks. Shipping charges to foreign countries quoted upon
                                                                                                                                                             Monday through Friday to place merchandise orders by phone.                           request. USE A STREET ADDRESS (YOUR BUSINESS
                                                                                                                                                             Or you may fax your order to us at (773) 784-2332 any time.                           ADDRESS, IF NECESSARY) FOR FASTEST SERVICE.


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This design gets the message                                                          Wet Pets (and Other                 Cat Care Products                     #2 Ship to Different Address                                                                                                                                               #1 #2

across to everyone in a fun                                                           Watery Tales)                       They’re a great way to show                                                                                                                                                                                      #1 #2
way. Shirts are white with            DON’T LITTER…spay                                                                                                         Name

                                      or neuter your pets                             Tree House supporter                your cat you care. Help keep          Street                Apt.
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black lettering and a red cat                                                         Jacqueline Teare has compiled       your feline friend clean and                                                                                                                                                                Subtotal
face and red Tree House logo          This Tree House shirt and tote                                                                                            City             State   Zip
                                      bag has an important message                    a collection of true stories        well-groomed with any one                                                                                                                                                      15% Discount for
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                                      Item #501C Totebag      $12.00                                                      Item #112
M, L, XL, XXL            $12.00                                                       League (CRARL), a local                                                   Signature (required for credit card purchases)                                                                                                      Final Total
                                      Item #516 T-shirt                               no-kill shelter in Ms. Teare’s      Litter Scoop              $3.00
Item #512 Sweatshirt                  M, L, XL, XXL           $12.00                  community.                          Item #108
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                                      Item #517 Sweatshirt                            Item # 190                 $16.99   Non-skid Cat Bowl         $8.00                            For more information on ordering call (773) 784-5488 x230 M-F 10:00 a.m.– 6:00 p.m. Central Time.
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        HAPPY ENDINGS



Three’s Company!
Belfry, Augustus and Lew make for bosom buddies

B
       elfry was just a kitten when he arrived at Tree House on     between Bella and Belfry, Adam and Elizabeth decided that
       Halloween Day, 2003 with severely infected eyes. After       Belfry needed a playmate. Having volunteered at Tree House
       further examination, our veterinarian discovered that        since Belfry’s adoption, Elizabeth was well acquainted with many
Belfry was suffering from microphthalmia – a condition which        of the residents and thought Augustus seemed as if he might be
prevented his eyeballs from fully developing. Over time, his                           the perfect playmate for Belfry. However,
infection did not improve, which necessitated the surgical                             Elizabeth had also fallen in love with Lew, and
removal of his malformed eyes in order to save his life.                               she wanted him to have a loving home as well.
Although Belfry had obviously had a tough life, he remained                            So within a span of four months, the Fricks
an extremely sweet and affectionate cat,                                               quadrupled their feline family!
and a favorite with Tree House staff.                                                      They say, “Our house is a bit hectic these
                                                                            Augustus
    Augustus came to Tree House shortly                                    and Belfry  days, especially at feeding time! We were a little
after Belfry in December of 2003. This                                                 nervous at first, but our excitement over a lively
16-pound cuddler suffered from asthma,                                                     home with contented cats prevails. Our
but he recovered and took to playing                                                       friends and family think that we’re crazy, but
and wrestling with the other cats on our Augustus                                          we couldn’t be happier, and neither could our
                                             and Lew
Special Needs Floor.                                                                       kitties. Belfry and Augustus are the best of
    Lew, or “Crooked Lew” as he is known, was a                                            friends – they play and sleep together, and
longtime resident of Tree House. He was found in an                                        even groom each other. Lew absolutely loves
                                                                                    Belfry
alley in October of 2000, emaciated, dehydrated, and                                       relaxing on our sofa and sleeping in the sun,
barely able to stand. Due to this trauma, Lew had a                     except when he wakes up to play. He’ll run around our house
chronic neurological disorder which caused his                          at top speed, jump on the furniture and look out windows.
head to tilt to the right. Lew spent most of his days                   This once-lethargic cat has more endurance than we do
at Tree House sleeping and avoiding other kitties.                      when he plays! And Bella is beginning a cautious relation-
    Then on Saint Patrick’s Day of 2004, Adam and                       ship with Augustus. They exchange friendly glances, all the
                                                          Lew
Elizabeth Frick came to Tree House seeking a com-                       time and show potential as future playmates!”
panion for their resident cat Bella and fell in love with Belfry.       We at Tree House are so excited that Belfry, Augustus and
They took him home to get acquainted with Bella, but the classic    Lew have found a happy, permanent home where they can each
Alpha Female, who prefers to rule the roost, was not so sure of     have what they need most, be it a feline companion or just a nice
this new roommate. After four months of a tenuous relationship      place to sleep. Congratulations, Bella, Adam and Elizabeth!


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