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When Ernestina arrived to Tree House as a fluffy five-month-old kitten, Bill Clinton was president, the Twin Towers were still standing, and ‘N Sync and Backstreet Boys ruled the American Top 40 charts. It was October 25, 2000.
In the 11 years since, Ernestina has been adopted and returned twice — through absolutely no fault of her own. She’s back at Tree House now and spends her time in the front room on the first floor. Ernestina was adopted with Sugar Cookie in March 2001 and returned seven years later when her adopters decided they couldn’t keep either cat because they were moving to Wisconsin and traveled abroad too much.
Ernestina got a second chance at a forever home in August 2010, but the adopter returned her after only nine days. Again, the cat wasn’t the problem. The adopter sent us a heartbreaking email explaining that the timing was all wrong and she wasn’t ready for a cat:
Please know that it had nothing to do with Ernestina. … She ate regularly, used her litter box appropriately, and accepted her medicine. I also soon learned how much she loves to be petted, as she would come out of her spot on the windowsill when I got home from work, meowing a little and seeking affection. She loved resting in my lap, and would nestle next to me when I took naps on the couch. Maybe because of her age, she didn’t even make a lot of noise at night while we were sleeping. She stayed in the living room and played rather quietly and slept. She never even tried to scratch or hiss at me.
This has been a challenging year for me, and I thought that a cat companion would be a good idea. I soon realized that now isn’t the time for me to attend to a pet, as there is a lot to invest emotionally, and I need to focus on myself more than I realized/wanted to admit.
I wanted to write this to you, so that you can let future potential adopters know how wonderful Ernestina is. I hope that someone will take a chance on an older cat with special needs.
Every other day, Ernestina takes a tiny pill for a mouth inflammation that is well under control. Once per month, we’ve also been giving her a Vitamin B12 injection to keep a suspected irritable bowel condition in check.
Like the second adopter wrote in her letter, Ernestina is good-natured and loving. And did you notice how gorgeous she is? Please consider giving this dignified, patient lady a forever home — for real this time. She has waited so long. The adoption counselors at our headquarters, 1212 West Carmen Avenue, will be happy to introduce you two.
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.
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.