UPDATED: Delia is Safe But Could I Do More and 30 Cats Rescued from Oklahoma

Well, I posted this morning about a doggie that I wanted to help. I spent most of my weekend trying to figure out how to help her and decided that, if I couldn’t find a rescue who would take her, I’d step up and foster her myself, with my tenant, as a household.

Then I got an email this morning stating she was safe; a rescue is taking her, and asking me to take down the blog post. So I have. But it gets me to thinking: how many of us put our money where our mouths are, so to speak? How many people love animals but don’t want to inconvenience their lives in order to save them? I know most readers of this blog do just that; you put them before yourself. I guess I do, too, every day.

And I hope that more people begin to do that. I guess not even just for fostering, but for life in general. What would be better for animals, the world, the environment, even our own health if we made more efforts to do the things that are right?

I guess I’m just thinking out loud right now. I’m glad Delia is safe. And through this, I learned something about myself.

And since you came here to read something, I’ll refer you to this: http://treehouseanimalsblog.org/tree-house-takes-in-30-oklahoma-storm-cats/

That’s what I had the privilege to do last week. Have I mentioned I love my new job?



Cat Vows To Wear Chicken Hat* – Meet Leonardo Pescatore #ChickenHatProtest

You Guys,

Pinkle here. Today, I’m interviewing Mr. Leonard Pescatore. From what I understand, he has been in the shelter system for almost two years and therefore, he’s vowed to wear a chicken hat* until he finds a home. Let’s see what he has to say.

Mr. Pescatore during day 1 of his quiet protest

Pinkle: Welcome, Leonardo.

Leonardo: Thank you, Pinkle. It’s good to be here.

P: Tell me, Leo. What’s this protest you are staging today?

L: Well, it’s about finding a home. Tree House is great, but I’m searching for more permanent floors to sit on.

P: I prefer putting my ass on tables but I can understand your desire for your own floor. Continue.

L: I’ve been told I’m mildly less desirable to adopt.

P: Ah, it’s your face.

L: What’s wrong with my face?

P: Oh. No. It’s not your face. Sorry. Go on.

L: Well, I have what they call The FeLV, and I also have what they tell me is The FIV. My eye is a little runny, and I’m not big on too much touch, tho I am happy to sit beside you and get a good back scratch. And now, thanks to you, I also have some serious concerns about my face.

P: Your face is lovely. Very weathered. Like Clint Eastwood.

L: …

The face.

P: And where does the chicken hat come in?

L: I just needed a shtick.

P: And the asterisk? There’s an asterisk in your press release that says ” *for limited amounts of time and only at his own discretion.”

L: I can’t just wear the hat all the time. That would be ridiculous.

P: Isn’t that the point of a protest, tho?

L: What?

P: …nevermind. Anyway folks, Leonardo is searching. Find him in Colony 10 at Tree House Humane Society in Chicago. They’re doing great, cutting edge things for FeLV-positive cats, including some new guidelines on what kind of households can adopt them, so if you’re interested in meeting Leo, hurry over!

L: Yeah, hurry. I’m sick of wearing this chicken hat.

P: You’re not even wearing it.

L: Wasn’t once enough suffering?

P: You’ll be remembered by history.


PS Don’t forget Alana works at Tree House now, so she’s in the know! If you guys have any questions for her, comment below!

Alana Now Works at….Tree House!

You guys!

It has been a busy few months, but I wanted to let everyone know that, as of January, I am the Manager of Marketing and Community Outreach at Tree House Humane Society in Chicago. The job has definitely kept me busy, but I feel content knowing that my writing and other skills are directly being put to use to help kitties.

So far, it’s been a wonderful experience. I’ve met lots of great people, learned more about Tree House than I had known in my 15+ years of working with them as a volunteer in various capacities, and the new facility on Western Avenue makes coming to work comfortable and happy. And you know who else is comfortable and happy? The cats. They have outdoor screened porches for the warm months (Warmth: Coming soon to a Chicago near you), sunlight and big windows, and beautiful, spacious colonies to snuggle into as they wait for their forever homes.

I’m hoping to find some time to blog more – I’m migrating my blog to a new server this week, so you may need to re-sign up if you want to continue getting my posts – but if you want to follow what I’m doing in the meantime, please follow us on Instagram at @treehousehumanesociety.  You can also follow me @alanagrelyak. It’s mostly pictures of Pinkle these days.

I also blog regularly here. Stop by and say hi!

A usual day at work