Cats of Chicago have a new place to call home
It’s good to know there’s somebody out there caring for Chicago’s little balls of fur…And that we have such a dedicated group of people that possess both the skills and the means to make a change in the world of strays.
Animal Protective Association’s Harmony House for Cats has been looking after abandoned, neglected and endangered animals for a long time now and they are proud to offer shelter to cats and kittens in a no-kill cageless environment. In addition they’ll continue to do their astonishing work from their new and improved eco-friendly shelter at 2914 N Elston Avenue.
Designed to be Net-Zero Energy and concurrently pursuing LEED-NC Platinum certification, the new facility will be officially opened during a celebratory ceremony to be held Sunday, July 8. The event is open to the public and all pet lovers, supporters, and adopters are invited to participate.
Designed by Farr Associates and dbHMS, and built by Goldberg General Contracting, Inc, the new green building totals 7,085 square feet and features plenty of space for the kittens to play and happily live in until they find a new loving home. The one-story shelter comprises three adoption playrooms, three admission rooms, four special needs suites, a medical ward, a treatment room, a conference room, and two mechanical rooms. 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 access for all shelter users, visually and physically, to nature. Every detail has been thoughtfully planned and cared for to provide a comfortable space for our little friends.
New, eco-friendly Harmony House for Cats
“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 in a release, “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.”
According to Harmony House for Cats, all of this was made possible through the efforts and the goodwill of an anonymous donor who hopes that the new Harmony House Adoption Center will inspire other individuals, companies and organizations to incorporate green technology in their new homes and commercial buildings as well.