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My name is Bertie!

Domestic Longhair Cat for adoption in Chicago, Illinois - Bertie
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I'm being cared for by:
Tree House Humane Society

Facts about Bertie

  • Breed: Domestic Longhair
  • Color: Orange Or Red Tabby
  • Age: Adult
  • Sex: Male
  • Hair: Long
Bertie is looking for his Ernie! Bertie was admitted to Tree House Humane Society back in June of 2011. He was noticed by one of our colony caretakers in the 60651 neighborhood limping on his left front leg. Once he was admitted we learned he was FIV+* and also, that he was not able to put much weight on his front left leg. Cage rest helped his leg heal and before we knew it he was a relatively normal orange tabby. Bertie has put on a little bit of weight since he was first admitted to Tree House so he is currently on an all wet food diet to help stabilize his weight. He has always been very food-oriented and lights up with excitement when he sees you coming his way with a plate of food! He is pretty low maintenance and loves to curl up next to you or in your lap and just enjoy your company. Bertie is a very healthy FIV+ feline who would love to grace your home with his presence!

*Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) causes a weakening of the immune system in cats. It's often compared to human HIV, but FIV is not transferable to humans or other species. It is also difficult to transfer to other sterilized cats, and we believe that mixed FIV and non-FIV households can work if managed properly. If kept indoors in a stress-free environment, with regular medical care and high-quality nutrition, most FIV+ cats live long and healthy lives. Tree House staff can help answer your questions to see if an FIV+ cat is the right choice for you. FIV+ cats adopted from Tree House are eligible for a lifetime veterinary-care plan that includes a free annual exam and discounted treatments.

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.