Thursday, October 30, 2008

Titus has a home

An edited report from Titus' rescuer:

Titus now resides in a third floor walk-up in Hyde Park. He has new dishes. They match. He has a new cat bed, but so far, I'm told, strongly prefers the human bed. He has a new litter box that suits him. When I phoned a little bit ago to make sure everything was good at the new place, Titus had had a lot of massage and was getting a Reiki treatment.

Titus has tested positive for FIV--Feline Immunodeficiency Virus.

And he has a forever home.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Titus is Alone and Wants a Home

Candace, Titus' champion, writes:

Okay, I admit it. Titus is not conventionally beautiful. He has a big tomcat head. He is stocky. He has a small voice and a loud purr. He trusts too fully to be a hipster sort of cat. He is not especially nervous. He answers to his name.

He is battle-scarred after two years of being a homeless house-cat. He also has, in my view, the finest spirit of any cat I have met. He loves company, but isn't pushy about it. He loves his bed and his dish. He looks like a toughie and isn't one. He is deeply loyal.

He's that kind of cat guy.

If anyone has a space for Titus, please let me know.

Filled With Hope for Titus,


***Titus will be going to the vet tomorrow for neutering and vaccines. If you are interested in meeting Titus, please leave a comment with your contact info, or email me at hydeparkcats AT gmail DOT com.***

Sherlock is found, Fuzzy has a home

Sherlock showed up at his rescuer's window last night at 10:30 p.m. Hmmm ... he must have followed a lot of clues to solve the mystery of how to get back. Amazing! Mazel tov, Vicky!

In other cat news, Fuzzy, one of our "Mammacat + 5 kittens" from earlier this summer, has found a permanent home. Here he is, in situ. He is now named Bokeh, which means blurry or fuzzy in Japanese. Happy home, Bokeh!

See this original post about "Mammacat + 5 kittens."

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

UPDATE on Sherlock

Sherlock is in trouble.

Today he actually escaped from the car that was taking him to the vet (Hyde Park Vet on 51st and Harper).

"Home base" for Sherlock is near St. Thomas the Apostle Church, near Kimbark and 55th St.

HOW YOU CAN HELP: If you live or go anywhere between those two destinations during the next few days, keep your eye out for Sherlock. He may still be wearing a collar with the name and number of his rescuer.

If you're really motivated to look for Sherlock, he "likes the sight of bowls/paper plates, and he really prefers wet beef pate, but also the sound of kibble pouring onto the bowl or paper plate. He didn't really respond to the sound of a can being cracked open."

CALL (deleted now that Sherlock is found) WITH ANY SIGHTINGS.

Sherlock: off the street!

Meet Sherlock, a handsome gray-and-white Hyde Park alley cat. He's been chowing down regularly at an alley feeding station, and while he wouldn't allow any actual contact, it turns out "he's very sweet and affectionate--all of a sudden, two days ago he let me pet him and then pick him up. Then he wouldn't leave my yard." Sherlock is going to the vet today for some tests and I will report back later on his health and status. Vicky, excellent work on this rescue!

Friday, October 24, 2008


Lost: black cat (between 55th and 56th on Kimbark).

He may have been seen several times in the alley behind St. Thomas the Apostle Church, but he appears to be roaming widely.

His one distinctive feature is a funny toe--it is slightly raised and looks odd. Likes cans of wet food (not tuna) and 'treat' bags of kibble; if you see him, try cracking open a can, if possible, or crinkling a treat bag. Friendly, but may be frightened.


--sightings appreciated--
Call the owner at 773-527-9922 Cell

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Adopted! 2 more kittens available ...

Teak (formerly "Little Tiger") has been adopted by his original rescuer. She reported that "he is constantly beating up on his big sister. It's hilarious since he is still only about half her size." His sister, Pierrot, and brother, Fuzzy, are still available for adoption!

Monday, October 13, 2008

Caught: Lulav!

UPDATE: Lulav was taken in by Tree House early this morning. Yay!

Over the weekend we received an email about a cat outside of the campus library. A student fed the cat -- thank you Mimi!!! -- and told us the cat had been there at least a day, approaching people and acting hungry. This morning the cat, nicely as you please, allowed herself to be rescued. She is beautiful and so friendly, and so obviously relieved to be inside. But the mats in her fur -- unbelievable! What happened? Poor girl may also have some damage to her mouth. Check back later for an update. She's curled up right now in a box just relaxing herself and thanking her lucky stars. I had to change the name (from this morning's "Sun Pacific") to "Lulav." She's definitely more of a Lulav.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

kittens: need homes!

Siblings Little Tiger (top), Pierrot (middle), and Fuzzy (bottom) are still seeking homes.

Their foster family reports:

  • Li'l Tiger is the smallest kitten in the litter but has the biggest personality. He's a confident, plucky little guy who will walk up and sit on any person's lap. He loves playing with people and would do well in a household with other pets. Li'l Tiger was diagnosed with a heart murmur and may need surgery for this condition.
  • Pierrot is the only girl of the group! She has absolutely beautiful markings and a smooth, shiny coat. Pierrot was the kitten most bonded with her mamma, and so will probably need continued socialization in a cat-savvy household. However, she loves warm snuggles, and will even nestle up against a trusted human for more cuddles.
  • Fuzzy is an adorable and plump little kitten. His fluffiness and round features add to his wide-eyed charm. He is a little shy and has been coming out of his shell slowly, and will do well with continued cuddling and hand-feeding.

    Please leave a comment with a valid email address if you'd like to be contacted, or email us at hydeparkcats AT gmail DOT com.
  • Tuesday, October 7, 2008

    kittens: adopted!

    An update on our kittens. "Igby" (formerly Whiteface) and "Big Boy" (formerly Fatty) have been adopted! Yay! They're going to stay forever with their fosterers, Lauren and Peter. Lauren reports that Igby has turned out to be a kitten who "loves nothing more than to run and play with all the others" and that Big Boy is "extremely cuddly and will climb onto anyone's lap and start purring furiously." The two siblings are closely bonded.

    When we think these kittens could have lived their whole lives outside ... my sincere kudos to Kat and Jon, our original rescuers, and to adopters Lauren and Peter. My heroes!

    Swift has been sighted!

    Good news -- we had a Swift sighting just yesterday. We think he'd been disturbed by (a) being caught and neutered and (b) all the construction going on around our portion of campus. We were worried maybe he'd been too distressed by it all and had taken off for parts beyond. But yesterday he was seen streaking in front of Swift Hall, and went to the little area where we've set up a feeding station. He kept his distance but seems to now associate us/this area with food. Poor Swift, he's all alone (well, we haven't seen any companions) and we hope he can make it through the upcoming Chicago winter.

    Monday, October 6, 2008

    Lunch with Paula Fasseas

    If you're in the Chicago area, join us on Wednesday for the University of Chicago's Wednesday Community Luncheon program. On Oct. 8th the speaker will be Paula Fasseas, the founder and chair of PAWS Chicago.

    Ms. Fasseas is the founder and chair of PAWS Chicago, the city's largest humane organization. A graduate of the GSB, Ms. Fasseas also founded and runs the Metropolitan Banking Group. PAWS Chicago works, through innovative programming, to end pet overpopulation and euthanasia. Since its founding in 1997, the euthanasia rate in Chicago has been reduced by half. PAWS is currently building a grassroots humane education program, concentrating on Chicago's inner city populations. Ms. Fasseas was named one of the 2007 Chicagoans of the Year by Chicago Magazine.

    Read more about the Wednesday Lunch progam

    Lunch itself (a vegetarian meal; a vegan option is available by request) is prepared and served by our creative and energetic student staff. Wednesday lunches take place from 12:00 noon to 1:30 p.m. in Swift Common Room (1025 East 58th Street), and cost $5 ($4 for all students with ID) at the door. Those interested in attending should reserve a lunch in advance by emailing All are welcome.

    Friday, October 3, 2008

    Come to the Blessing of the Animals!

    Sunday, October 5 at 5:00 pm, Rockefeller Chapel is having a Blessing of the Animals. We'll be there to educate about our project and, we hope, raise some donation money. The University of Chicago's Rockefeller Memorial Chapel and Interreligious Center serve as a setting for spiritual events of many world traditions, including daily prayer and meditation of faiths of both East and West. All are welcome!