Our hours are subject to change.

The following reflect updates as of September 2023.

Adoption Information

We are open for adoptions from 12pm – 6pm, Wednesday – Sunday, by appointment only.

If you’re interested in adopting one of our Foster cats (their location will be listed as “Foster Home,”) please reach out to foster@treehouseanimals.org.

NEW appointments released weekly

We’re revising our adoption process to meet demand and place more cats in forever homes. To ensure you have the best chance of meeting a cat you are interested in, we will be opening up new availability each Wednesday for the following week’s worth of appointments. 

For example: new appointment availability will open on May 5th at 12 pm for the following week of May 12th. That means we’ll have two weeks of adoption appointments available at any given time. In addition, we will no longer be requiring 72 hours notice for new adoption appointments.
If you don’t see an available adoption appointment, don’t fret! Cancellations happen often, so check back here or give us a call to see if there are any openings.
Can’t make your appointment? Let us know, and we’ll get you rescheduled so someone else can take your open slot and meet their new family member!

Learn more & make an appointment.


In order to ensure equity and to prioritize the health and safety of all of our resident cats, we do not place advance holds on any Tree House cats. We understand how easy it is to fall in love with a cat from our site or social media feeds, and how difficult it is to hear that cat has gone home to another family. If you and your family are planning on adopting, we encourage you to make an adoption appointment as soon as you can!

Tree House is closed on the following holidays:

Memorial Day 5/29, Juneteenth 6/19, Independence Day 7/4, Labor Day 9/4, Thanksgiving Day 11/23, Christmas Eve 12/24, Christmas Day 12/25, New Year’s Eve 12/31, New Year’s Day 1/1

Contact: 773-262-4000


Location: 7225 N. Western Ave., just north of Touhy

Parking: Visitor parking is available in our on-site lot. Ample street parking is also available near the shelter 

Public transportation:  CTA 49B bus (north and southbound) stops at the corner of Western and Touhy – steps from our shelter

Adoption Process and Requirements

Requirements to Adopt from Tree House

  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • Provide a valid ID with current address (if address is not current, provide other proof of residency)
  • Children under 12 years old are recommended to meet the cat and be present for adoption to help find the best match

Adopter’s Cat Receives

  • Microchip (in case your cat is ever lost)
  • Veterinary Exam 
  • Vaccinations (age-appropriate)
  • Spay or Neuter Surgery (as needed)
  • Temporary Carrier (to take your cat home)*
  • Free Beginner’s Bag of Merrick Cat Food

*We encourage adopters to bring their own carrier to their appointment if one is readily available to reduce the use of limited supplies. This can help adopted cats make a smooth transition from shelter to home with the benefit of added comfort and safety.

Adoption Fees

  • Senior Cats (more than 9 years old): $75
  • Adult Cats: $100
  • Kittens (less than 6 months old): $150
  • Kitten Pair: $225 (save $75 on two)
  • Kitten Trio: $350 (save $100 on three)

Ongoing Support

Tree House is committed to our cats (and their adopters) for their lifetime. If you adopt a Tree House cat and discover it is not a good fit, or if you have an emergency, or your circumstances change, we are here to help. Throughout the life of your pet, we will work to help you find solutions, even if that means your cat needs to return to Tree House.

fluffy cat showing his bellyTips for Taking Home Your New, Furry Friend

Before taking your cat home, it is best to have the following in place:

  • A local veterinarian for on-going cat care
  • A litter box, litter, and litter scoop
  • Wet and/or dry food as advised by the Tree House clinic
  • Any medications the cat may need
  • A bed for the cat
  • A toy or two

Tree House has pre-packaged Kitty Care Packages available for purchase on site! Each one is $75 and all proceeds go towards helping more cats find homes.