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|Breed:||Domestic Shorthair||Color:||Gray Or Blue (Mostly)||Age:||Adult|
Duckie is not a Tree House admitted cat, but in a foster home of one of our volunteers. Please contact Maria at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in learning more about Duckie.
Duckie is in need of a long term foster home or adopter! This poor guy seems to be a former house cat who was possibly abandoned, neglected, etc. and then reverted to a semi-feral (or unsocialized) state after spending a long time on the st
reet. He was recently trapped to be neutered and re-released. However, he then showed signs of wanting to be cared for again. His strong survival instinct makes him alternate his behavior between typical sweet, dependent housecoat vulnerability and aggressive defensiveness.
His rescuer and foster parents report that he has seemed generally uninterested in being pet in the morning and will swat out of nervousness, but in the afternoons and evenings, with a little coaxing, he’ll come right out and gets super affectionate, rubbing up against them, purring loudly, doing happy paws, and rolling/falling over close to them. His foster parents' medium to long term assessment of him is that he will eventually let go of his fear responses (biting, hissing, swatting) and turn into a really loving cat, but that this may take quite some time and a lot of positive associations for this to happen. Duckie is in need of a patient home with someone who has experience with fearful cats.
Duckie has tested positive for FIV. 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.
Please contact Maria at email@example.com if you are interested in learning more about Duckie.
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.