My name is Chato!

Domestic Shorthair Cat for adoption in Chicago, Illinois - Chato
Photo 1 - Domestic Shorthair Cat for adoption in Chicago, Illinois - Chato
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I'm being cared for by:
Tree House Humane Society

Facts about Chato

  • Breed: Domestic Shorthair
  • Color: Black & White Or Tuxedo
  • Age: Young
  • Sex: Male
  • Hair: Short
On May 8th, this sweet and handsome tuxedo kitten, along with his brother Tono and their mother Mermaid (2 years old), were placed into a box by one of their human family members and taken to Chicago Animal Care and Control (CACC). The three were placed in a cold metal cage together in a long, noisy, concrete hallway while their owner told the front desk that there was a newborn baby in the house and they couldn't keep the cats anymore. That day a veterinarian looked at them and decided that Mermaid and Tono were nice, healthy cats. However, Chato, had developed a kitty cold - so he was separated from his family and moved to a medical isolation ward, then to a foster home to get constant care.

On Sunday, May 29th, Mermaid was reunited with her son Chato at the foster’s house after 16 days apart. When they saw each other again for the first time they immediately touched noses in a greeting and then mom licked his head and proceeded to steal his soft bed! Chato didn't mind though, he sat on the floor next to her. Next they ate their dinner out of the same bowl. Chato started to eat more after his mom arrived and together they groom, snuggle, play, sleep, and watch birds out the window.

After all these two cats have been through, including a stressful period of separation, it would be so wonderful for them to be adopted together into a forever home with humans who will appreciate their unique qualities as well as the loving bond they have. Contact for more information.

About Tree House Humane Society

About Our Shelter...

Tree House is a humane organization that promotes the inherent value of every animal and strives to educate the public about proper and responsible animal care, with a focus on the care and placement of stray cats with special physical and emotional needs. We are committed to finding every healthy and treatable animal a home.

Tree House was founded in 1971 and since that time we have expanded and enhanced our programs and services to become the largest, no-kill, cageless shelter for sick, injured, abused and neglected cats in the Chicagoland area. To date we have found homes for nearly 14,000 cats. In addition to our focus on the rehabilitation and adoption of stray cats, we offer many other valuable programs and services, including our Free Spay/Neuter Program, Pet Loss Grief Support Group, Humane Investigations Team, Youth Volunteer Program, Animal-Assisted Therapy, Behavior Hotline, Pet Food Pantry, and Education Outreach Program.

Our Adoption Process...

At Tree House, trained adoption counselors interview prospective adopters to understand their needs, and then adopters are escorted to the Adoption Floor to choose their future friend. Adopters are encouraged to take as much time as they need to find a cat. All adoption applications stay on file for three months so please don't feel that you need to rush to choose a companion cat right away.

Your adoption fee of $85 covers the cost of your cat's care at Tree House including: spay or neuter, deworming, flea treatment, FIV and FeLV testing, AVID microchip, veterinary examination, and all necessary vaccinations. We also give a 30-day health guarantee on all of our adoptions.


* A photo I.D.
* A second I.D. with current address and phone number (we recommend a phone bill).
* If you rent, we need your landlord's name and phone number, or a copy of your lease stating that you are allowed to have cats.
* All children under 12 in the household are required to be present for the entire adoption process.