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
Update: ADOPTED!!! Within one day of posting. Was it me? Who knows, but hurray!
World, today I have for you a bachelorette whose name deserves to be screamed from the rafters of a Medieval dinner party in the spring. Please welcome:
Princess Phoebe Butters!!!!!!
All Hail Princess Phoebe Butters!
Now, Tree House describes her as “the prettiest kitty in all the land.” I’ll amend that to “the prettiest kitty in all the land who is no longer adoptable from Tree House and has all four of her legs.”
Princess Butters bestowed her presence upon the House of Trees in December of 2015 when she demanded to be removed from her outdoor circumstances. It would seems that she had once been princess of another land but was overthrown from her kingdom due to some nonsensical reasons that no one could possibly fathom. Apparently, her previous captors tried to contain her power by having her claws removed. HISS! Although she no longer has her beautiful claws, she still loves human companionship and is most interested in one on one play sessions. She would do best in a kingdom all of her own, or possibly with another co-princess of a similar disposition. Although it’s not very royal to mention, Princess Phoebe Butters may have a touch of the IBD. This has yet to be confirmed.
If you need a Princess to rule your heart, seek no further! Princess Phoebe Butters awaits! All hail Princess Butters! Long live the Butters!
Awaiting her new court at The House of Tree.
World, Meet Yellow Tail.
Yellow Tail posing.
This handsome bachelor came from some rough circumstances under a dumpster at a restaurant. He maintains that he was trying to order some sushi for dinner but it started raining and he needed a dry spot to wait for his rolls. We’ll let him have that story.
Yellow Tail loves to snuggle with adults (sorry, kids), long walks on your carpeted hallways, and intimate sashimi dinners, hold the rice. He’s also really into photography, but of a more internal kind. In fact, he has an entire series of portraits via ultrasound of his heart that he’s just waiting for a room of his own to frame and hang. He plans to continue his hobby in his new home, so adopters should be aware that he’ll need occasional rides to his doctor for his ultrasonic modeling sessions. You see, Yellow Tail’s heart has a few parts that are just a bit bigger than others, which requires a doctor’s monitoring but also allows for some really artistic photographic angles. Truly stunning.
Yellow Tail wouldn’t mind another cat in the house but very likely he’d prefer to be your one and only. He’ll chat with you all night long and it only requires that you snap your fingers and say “Yellow Tail,” and he will appear like the miracle that he is.
If you would like to meet Yellow Tail, contact Tree House Humane Society
today! Hurry. He’s got sushi rolls to serve you and that stuff doesn’t keep.
“Hurry. My spicy tuna rolls are wilting.” – Yellow Tail