Item No. 43 Tree House Animal Foundation, to view report click here, click on row and report will appear below page.
Tree House Humane Society, and Chicago’s “first” cat café, failed its city inspection. On July 28th, the day of the low-key ribbon cutting ceremony, city inspectors found the following violations:
- Instructed to install a hand wash sink on the second floor in employee break room (cat café is on first floor)
- Instructed to install a 3-compartment sink for washing, rinsing and sanitizing
- Instructed to install a back flow device for the espresso machine
Forced to postpone the opening of the Purrfect Roast Catcafé, as result of the inspection, Tree House house then lied on camera to ABC7 news about the delay. Director of Development Debbie Hinde told the reporter when asked about it not being opened, “We’re asking the public to help choose the menu so we’ll be doing tastings for a few weeks then we’ll choose a menu.” In planning for years, and a year late opening, somehow they failed to plan the cat café’s menu?
It’s almost as if Tree House is doing this intentionally, their lack of transparency so blatant, like they wanted caught. According to sources, at the donor’s dinner the night of the ribbon cutting and failed inspection, in addition to lying to ABC7 news, they also forgot to inform their donor’s about the inspection’s results.
Faced with another financial situation, Tree House will have to raise more money to complete the work in order to pass their next inspection. As I’m not an expert on the situation, but very familiar with home remodeling costs, I estimate this could cost at least a few thousand dollars. The café, viewed as a source of income, will only be costing the shelter more money instead of raising it. Somehow, I don’t feel the donor’s at the dinner will come through for them this time, once they realize they’ve been lied to, again.
Please support #NotMyTreeHouse by signing the petition demanding more transparency from Tree House and a new board of directors. At nearly 1500 signatures on the petition, it’s evident drastic change is the only thing that save the cats at Tree House.
If you’re interested in supporting a real Chicago café, visit the the Windy Kitty Cat Cafe and Lounge’s Facebook page.