Harmony House for Cats Celebrates Grand Opening of Chicago’s Greenest Cat Shelter

Fri, Jul 6, 2012

Animal Welfare, Green Design

This Sunday, July 8, 2012, Harmony House for Cats will celebrate the grand opening of their new eco-friendly cat shelter in Chicago. The 7,085 square-foot shelter features three adoption playrooms, three admission rooms, four special needs suites, a medical ward, a treatment room, a conference room, and two mechanical rooms that house the equipment that runs and monitors the cutting-edge technology in the new shelter. The building’s heating and cooling needs are powered by 14 geothermal wells, 20 solar thermal panels, plus solar photovoltaics. The design is organized around a central landscaped courtyard for day-lighting and easy access to a beautiful natural setting.

“Cats in every room of the new shelter will be able to nap in the sunshine, and look out at the trees and plants,” said Board President Ann Dieter, “plus the new building provides a sustainable operational future for Harmony House through the construction of a high-performance building that provides a replicable model to other non-profit organizations.” The new building is a gift from an anonymous donor who hopes that it will inspire other individuals, companies and organizations to incorporate green technology in their new homes and commercial buildings as well.

The grand opening will be held on Sunday, July 8 from 2 to 6 pm at 2914 N Elston Avenue in Chicago. The event is open to the public and admission is free.

Founded in 1970, Animal Protective Association’s Harmony House for Cats is a cageless, no-kill shelter, dedicated to rescuing and placing injured and abandoned cats. New volunteers, supporters, and adopters are welcome. For more information, please visit www.hhforcats.org.

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12 Responses to “Harmony House for Cats Celebrates Grand Opening of Chicago’s Greenest Cat Shelter”

  1. 1
    Kathy Ammermann Mordini

    Good luck Harmony House on your Grand Opening – thanks for highlighting a wonderful Chicago shelter.

  2. 2
    Alisa

    This is a wonderful design! And wow, what a generous donation! If only all new buildings could be so green!

  3. 3
    Kristi

    This is awesome!!! :)

  4. 4
    Clarence Tobias

    Congratulations! Hope, more will be build houses for cats like this!

  5. 5
    jmuhj

    Thank you for sharing this GREAT news! Hope their event is very well-attended and that a lot of wonderful cats find their loving, forever homes as a result. (That’s a particularly adorable torbie in the second photo!)

  6. 6
    Connie

    This looks like an awesome place for cats and kittens. It’s so great to see cities do this for cats. Too sad to see them left out in the cold when no one cares. I’d love to come see it if Im ever in the area. Our humane society here in Waterloo, IA built one for cats in our area thats really great also. Thanks so much for sharing! :)

  7. 7
    Valerie J. Caliendo

    I can’t find words to express how happy it makes me to see something so generous, so wonderful for the felines, whose mere existence adds magic to our lives. What with seeing them hated by some, threatened & persecuted, what a refreshing & much-needed piece of great news. How great it would be to spread this around some, to have more rescues, shelters, & sanctuaries like this.

  8. 8
    Teresa

    What a wonderful place, yes we need community minded individuals to be inspired and help those less fortunate cats. Maybe even here in san Diego, Ca. Where we have so many deserving cat organizations with cat care/ welfare in mind. Consider them in your wills.

  9. 9
    pauly d

    Way to go anonymous donor! What an awesome concept. So glad to see it make it from paper to reality!

  10. 10
    stephanie

    I love how they designed it by keeping in mind how to minimize damage from the cats and cleaning overtime. I also love their motto- “caring, not killing.”

    To find out how any shelter can find homes for 95% of their animals, in any community and economic time, read http://www.nokillsolutions.com

    Kate, please consider doing a story on Nathan Winograd to help people understand the killing in shelters doesn’t have to happen, thank you!

  11. 11
    stephanie

    Oh sorry, my mistake, the link is – http://www.nokilladvocacycenter.org

  12. 12
    Cherry City Kitties

    Awesome that a group so dedicated to the lives of the kitties, also has the devotion to protect their environment. Hooray!


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