Due to the efforts of Tree House Humane Society and Alley Cat Allies, the city of Evanston has put a plan on hold that would have captured and euthanized approximately 100 feral cats that were found living near the residence of Ewa Rokossowski, who died in January. It is estimated that Rokossowski had been feeding the stray cats on her property for at least fifteen to twenty years.
State law says that feral animals may be euthanized within twenty-four hours, but the city had intended to wait for a period of forty-eight in order to ensure that no domestic cats wandered onto the property and were captured accidentally. Evanston police had distributed fliers to approximately eighty houses in the neighborhood alerting residents of their effort to remove the animals.
Police are encouraging owners to put collars on their cats or to consider implanting a micro-chip, both of which would contain the owner’s identifying information.
Jenny Schlueter, a representative of the Tree House Humane Society and Alley Cat Allies, told the Human Services Committee that trapping and euthanizing the animals only creates a void which is quickly filled by new non-neutered cats that will multiply. Along with Alley Cat Allies, Tree House Human Society is offering to spay, neuter and vaccinate the cats for free.
Tree House Humane Society is saying that thirty-three cats have already been caught and killed even though they’ve been trying to provide an alternative plan. They are asking for the public’s help in supporting their Trap, Neuter, Release program – knowing that this project is going to be expensive, they are looking for people willing to donate financially to help cover some of the cost, write to city officials and tell them catch and kill is not the solution, and they are looking for volunteers.
Upcoming Tree House Humane Society events:
February 17th – TNR Seminar at Tree House Humane Society
6:30 p.m. – Bucktown Branch, 1629 North Ashland
Information on building inexpensive shelters and how to humanely trap outdoor cats
February 22nd – Bingo Night Benefit
8:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. – Hamburger Mary’s, 5400 N. Clark
A suggested donation of $5 will be collected for each Bingo card from customers and guests. There will be food, great drink specials and prizes for the winners of each game. All proceeds from the sale of the Bingo cards will go to Tree house.
February 27th – Fundraiser at Liz’s Pet Shop
11:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. – 2403 West Chicago Avenue
A $5 raffle can win guests cases of canned food, cat carriers, toys and more. There will be demos and samples throughout the day and all proceeds raised will benefit Tree House.