The final week of the 2023 NFL regular season is upon us. While it’s bittersweet and the season has been up and down for the Chicago Bears, we here at Windy City Gridiron will be looking to end Season 1 of Touchdown For Tails on a winning note! All in all, this has been a great adventure to take part in and it couldn’t have been successful without all of your support. For Week 18, we’ll be featuring our final Chicago area animal rescue of the season. Tree House Humane Society is all about the cats, and that’s who will be featured for Week 18.
As always, here’s a breakdown of how Touchdown For Tails will work.
Each week, we will be featuring a new rescue. Within that week, you’ll have a few options to “bet” on. Now, when I say bet, what I really mean is, how much you’re willing to donate to the featured animal rescue organization of the week. Here’s how it’ll work.
- A Chicago Bears win = $25 donation
- Three-to-five Prop Bets: Hitting on the prop = $10 donation. Missing on the prop= $5
Ultimately, what I would like to do is make the Bears winning on the field as rewarding to our featured rescues as possible! Those of you who donate nine (or more) times throughout the season will be entered into a drawing at the end of the season to win a Chicago Bears Nike “Game” Jersey. The player and sizing will be of your choice. For each Chicago Bears win, I will personally donate $25. I will also choose one prop bet (brought to you by Draft Kings) that I will also “bet” on.
The ultimate goal of this is to get Bears fans more involved with the community around them. Football season is already the best time of year, so why not make it a little better by helping become a solution to a growing problem around the country? Every single dollar donated on a weekly basis will go directly to that featured rescue.
Week 18 “Things to bet on” (Brought to you by DraftKings)
Game: Chicago Bears (+3) over Green Bay Packers (-3) ($25 donation if the Bears win)
- Bears QB Justin Fields to out-pass Packers QB Jordan Love. ($10 donation if you win. $5 if you lose.)
- Bears defense to give up 20 points or less. ($10 donation if you win. $5 if you lose.)
- Total first half points (21.5): Over (-108)/Under (-112)
- Over/Under (44): Over (-110)/Under (-110)
Touchdown For Tails Week 18 Animal Organization of the Week: Tree House Humane Society
Contact: 7225 N. Western Ave. Chicago, IL 60645
Where To Donate: https://treehouseanimals.org/ways-to-give/donate-now/
Tree House Humane Society was founded more than 50 years ago, in 1971. Before opening their first location, they were able to foster and adopt over 70 cats. Over the years, they started programs such as a Pet Food Pantry, Education Outreach Programs, In-Home Clinic/Surgery Room, and the Cats At Work Program. They’ve been serving the Chicago community for over 50 years while finding creative and innovative ways to help thousands of cats in the process.
Their end-goal mission:
“Through all of this, Tree House has remained a magical place that inspires awe in cat lovers around the world. It is obvious that Tree House was built with the love, hard work, and dedication of caring people, and is part of what makes Tree House so special. After more than 28,000 cats and almost fifty years, Tree House is ready to take on new challenges and save many, many more lives.
We hope that you will join us in our mission to make sure that every cat thrives.”
As always, if you’re interested in getting involved, with fostering, adopting, volunteering or something else, please reach out to Tree House Humane Society directly!
Featured Pets Of The Week
Please note that all animal bios are taken directly from the featured rescue’s website. These bios are put together by the animal’s current foster or someone with knowledge of each animal within the organization. For more information on a specific pet, please reach out to the rescue directly. Please visit https://treehouseanimals.org/adopt/adoptable-animals/ to find adoptable cats and learn more about their adoption process.
PRINCESS CHURU (13-Year-Old Female)
“Princess Churu is the embodiment of feline royalty, and she’s in search of a loving kingdom to call her own. She has but a few requests for her future family: a throne (cat tree) to perch and survey her castle, plenty of delectable wet food, attentive subjects who give her head scritches, and play sessions with her worm on a string. When Princess Churu triumphantly catches her worm, she expects you to participate in the “Princess Tax.” This royal decree calls for 5 to 10 seconds of her favorite head scritches as a tribute to her hunting prowess. It’s a small price to pay for her majesty’s satisfaction. When she’s not in playful mode, you’ll often find her perched by the window, watching the birds outside sing and dance for her entertainment. If you’re ready to provide a throne fit for a princess and shower her with the love and attention she deserves, then Princess Churu is the feline companion you’ve been searching for!”
LITTLE DEBBIE (1-Year-Old Female)
“Are you ready to welcome a petite bundle of love into your home? Look no further than Little Debbie, the sweetest calico cat you’ll ever meet! Despite her small stature, she became a mom to four precious kittens. Little Debbie embraced motherhood with open paws, providing tender care and ensuring each of her kittens thrived under her watchful eye. Little Debbie’s nurturing instincts extend beyond her kittens; she is incredibly patient and gentle, making her an excellent fit for families with children. Whether you’re a seasoned cat owner or a first-time adopter, Little Debbie’s adaptable and loving nature will make her a seamless addition to your household.”
BIBBLE (6-Month-Old Male)
“Bibble and his brother, Dizzle, are an adorable duo of kittens that are adoptable together. Bibble is the extroverted half of this delightful pair. He is always ready to give you a million affectionate headbutts. Bibble’s outgoing personality also shines in his playful spirit! Bibble adores catnip toys and wand toys so get ready for some interactive play sessions. Bibble and Dizzle can’t wait to be a part of your family. Come meet them today!”
GUMPTION (5-Year-Old Male)
“Tree House is thrilled to introduce you to two one of a kind, inseparable siblings named Gumption and Moxie. They may appear shy at first, especially when it comes to new humans, but don’t let that fool you. Once they start to feel secure, their adorable personalities shine through. Gumption and Moxie likely experiencing inappropriate handling at the beginning of their lives which has led to a noticeable fear of hands and direct handling. This means you may not be able to pet Gumption and Moxie, but they enjoy being near their human friends.Gumption is the more reserved of the two and takes a little time to warm up to new people. However, once he does get to know you, he transforms into a delightful companion who loves to sit close to you and keep you company. A Tree House staff member discovered that Gumption is an avid fan of crochet! During lunch breaks, Gumption is right there, attentively watching the creation unfold.Gumption and Moxie are also fans of play! They loves playing chase with one another or with wand toys with their human buddies. Gumption is a HUGE fan of the cat dancer and turns into a gymnast when you bring out the toy.Gumption and Moxie are looking for a patient and understanding forever home where they can continue to build trust with humans and acclimate on their own time. Are you open to two kitty companions that may not want typical affection like petting with your hands, but will fill your life with joy by watching their adorable antics and show their love for you through being present close by while relaxing? Email firstname.lastname@example.org to get more information on these two. They are available through our Foster to Adopt program.”
More Resources For How To Get Involved
As a country, we have a homeless animal crisis on our hands that only seems to be getting worse by the day. Stray animals are found every day. With the volatility of the job market, more families are losing their homes and can no longer care for their pets. The list of reasons contributing to this issue runs long. That’s where we can all come in. Whether you want to volunteer, foster, or simply donate, it all makes a difference. For our family, getting involved with animal rescue has been a rewarding experience. While we might not always have the time to foster or volunteer our time, there are many ways to make an impact. Below are three links to check out if this is something you or your family might be interested in doing.