Adopt A Shelter Cat Month: Cats rule Chicago with fun weekend events

Chicago is waiving its cat pride this weekend for Adopt a Shelter Cat Month with a couple of big events aimed at helping find homes for more of the city's homeless kitties and helping out one of the city's oldest cat shelters. Four shelters will join forces for the Windy City Feline Frenzy on Saturday and Sunday and Tree House Humane Society hits the streets for it's annual Stray Cat Strut on Saturday.

Windy City Feline Frenzy

June is National Adopt A Shelter Cat Month to bring attention to the large number of shelter cats needing homes in America especially during "Kitten Season." What better way to celebrate Adopt A Shelter Cat Month than with a mega-adoption event!

Four of Chicago's oldest cat shelters are joining forces for a major adoption event - Windy City Feline Frenzy.

Four of Chicago's oldest cat shelters are joining forces for a major adoption event - Windy City Feline Frenzy.

This weekend, adopters at the Anti-Cruelty Society, Chicago Animal Care and Control, both locations of Tree House Humane Society and Felines & Canines will receive major discounts. Anyone adopting a cat six months or older will get to "scoop" for discounts - such as a $50 adoption fee, $25 fee, waived fee or name your price.

“Within the past decade we have seen the dog population in Chicago decline due to major spay/neuter efforts as well as the societal acceptance of pet adoption in general,” said Dr. Robyn Barbiers, President of The Anti-Cruelty Society. “Unfortunately, we cannot say the same for the cat population. On average The Anti-Cruelty Society houses about 75% more cats than dogs.”

Between all four shelters, adoption fees normally range from $60 to $100 per cat. The normal rules apply for adopters and the adoption fee includes all vaccinations, spay or neuter, permanent identification microchip and a veterinary examination. By adopting a cat during Adopt A Shelter Cat month or anytime, you open a space for another cat to be rescued.

Kentucky is a great cat looking for a home at Felines & Canines during the Windy City Feline Frenzy.

Kentucky is a great cat looking for a home at Felines & Canines during the Windy City Feline Frenzy.

“Cats make great companions. They are fun, affectionate, and don’t need to go for walks,” said Abby Smith, Executive Director of Felines & Canines. “There are many different kinds of cats that are in Chicago’s shelters waiting for their forever home. We encourage everyone to spend some time with cats and give them a chance to steal your heart.”

For more information about the Windy City Feline Frenzy, go online or call (312) 644-8338.

Stray Cat Strut

What better way to celebrate Adopt A Shelter Cat Month than to hit the lake front to support one of those shelters. Tree House Humane Society will be hitting the sidewalks for its Eighth Annual Stray Cat Strut from its headquarters at 1212 West Carmen. This family- and pet-friendly walk will give supporters a chance to check out Tree House's mission.

There will be costume contests for cats, dogs and people at the Stray Cat Strut. Max rocks the Bee costume.

There will be costume contests for cats, dogs and people at the Stray Cat Strut. Max rocks the Bee costume.

Registration starts at 9 a.m. and advance registration is $30 and it's $35 the day of the event. You may also set up a fundraising page to help the cat shelter in it's goal to raise $30,000 for the organizations new shelter. The 5K route winds along the lake front before returning to Tree House.

Back at Tree House, there will be shelter tours and all kinds of fun activities including food, entertainment, post walk massages, a costume contest for pets and people and more. You may also find a new feline friend to add to the family. And, with the Windy City Feline Frenzy in full swing, it would be a great time to adopt a cat.

To learn about what a great experience it is to adopt an adult cat, read the story of Max the bee.

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