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Chicago's First Lady and the Chicago Architecture Foundation present Puss 'n' Boats Architecture Cruise to Benefit City's Abused, Neglected and Stray Animals

ArchitectureMother's Day

Chicago's First Lady and the Chicago Architecture Foundation are supporting Chicago's most neglected animals with the donation of a cruise line vessel and architecture docent to benefit Tree House Humane Society, Chicago's premier cageless, no-kill shelter specializing in the care and treatment of sick, injured, and abused stray cats. This "Puss-n-Boats" architecture cruise is the perfect way to spend Mother's Day this year as the cruise is on Sunday, May 13th at 3:45 p.m. and boasts complimentary snacks, a family atmosphere, including flowers for those celebrating Motherâ s Day, and a 90-minute narrated Chicago River architecture cruise with commentary on famous riverfront architecture including 17 bridges, and 82 buildings and landmarks. Steve Dale, host of Petcasts and Saturday morning contributor for Chicago's WGN Radio, will serve as unofficial skipper and will entertain the guests with animal stories and answer questions on training and behavior.

The month of May marks the beginning of kitten season. With thousands of kittens being born outside this summer, we hope this benefit cruise will help raise awareness about the importance of spaying and neutering cats and dogs. The event, which coincides with Mother's Day this year, honors and raises awareness of those mothers of sometimes hundreds of kittens and puppies who desperately need to be spayed and neutered and who also deserve to find a home of their own. Chicago is on its way to becoming a no-kill city, and with the support of local companies, organizations, and individuals, it brings us one step closer to becoming a no-kill nation!

There are many benefits to having your animal companion spayed or neutered. Not only does it reduce the number of homeless companion animals, it can also give your companion animals a longer, healthier life. Spaying or neutering eliminates the possibility of uterine or ovarian cancer in females, and testicular cancer in males. It also reduces the chance your cat or dog will sneak outside or roam, not only keeping him or her safe, but also preventing the contraction of other diseases. A spayed/neutered animal is also less likely to have temperament or behavioral problems. Most importantly, with millions of cats, kittens, dogs, and puppies being euthanized in shelters every year, getting your animal companion spayed or neutered is the most humane thing to do for everyone. Tree House encourages the public to not only spay/neuter their pets but to practice TNR (Trap-Neuter-Return), the only effective and humane way to manage feral cat colonies. With an estimated more than 500,00!0 stray and feral cats in Cook County, this has to be a priority if we are ever going to reduce these numbers.

This benefit cruise departs on Sunday, May 13th, at 4:00 p.m. (boarding at 3:45 p.m.), from the south east corner of the Michigan Ave. bridge at Wacker Drive, on Chicago's Riverwalk. Children 4 years and under are FREE; children 5-12 years are $10; and adults 13 years and older are $35. 100% of ticket proceeds benefit the sick, injured, abused, and neglected strays at Tree House Humane Society.

For further details and to purchase tickets, please contact Erin McEwan or 773-784-5488 ext. 225.

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