Cat lovers, rejoice! Construction has finally begun on the new headquarters of the Tree House Humane Society at 7225 Western Ave. in Rogers Park. The 15,000 square-foot facility will feature an adoption center, veterinarian clinic, plenty of playrooms for the cats, and of course, Chicago’s much anticipated, first-ever cat café.
Tree House Humane Society is the largest cage-less, no-kill shelter for cats in the Chicagoland area. First founded as a grassroots project by a group of families in 1971, Tree House acquired non-profit status in 1975. After a number of relocations, they currently operate out of their facility in Bucktown, which features a state-of-the-art, low-cost high-volume spay and neuter clinic. The organization estimates that in 2010 alone, they were able to perform 4,000 spay/neuter surgeries, dramatically impacting future stray populations.
Their new facility in Rogers Park will be a $7 million project, and the organization still needs to raise $2 million to complete the project. The building itself was designed by the Dobbins Group, and will be constructed using natural materials and will also feature an outdoor space for the neighborhood to enjoy.
While there aren’t too many details of the future cat café out yet, it was recently announced that Tree House found the perfect partner for their caffeine-related endeavors—Grounds and Hounds, a small-batch coffee company out of Minnesota that splits part of its profits with animal shelters. While the final details of the partnership are still being worked out, right now it looks like in exchange for only selling their coffee, Grounds and Hounds will provide barista equipment and training to Tree House, and let them keep 20% of all sales for the shelter. For two animal-loving organizations, the partnership couldn’t make any more sense, and it gives Chicago-area feline fanatics yet another reason to get excited about the new café.