Better Business Bureau Report for
Tree House Humane Society, Inc.

Better Business Bureau Report issued June 2015
Better Business Bureau Report expires June 2017

Does not meet one or more standards
This charity does not meet one or more of the 20 standards for Charity Accountability. Find out more...

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Charity Contact Information

Name: Tree House Humane Society, Inc.
Address: 1212 W Carmen Ave
  Chicago, IL 60640
Phone: 773-784-5488
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1975, Illinois
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: Tree House is a humane organization that promotes the inherent value of every animal and strives to educate the public about proper and responsible animal care, with a focus on the care and placement of stray cats with special physical and emotional needs. They are committed to finding every healthy and treatable animal a home and to helping lead the way to a no-kill nation.

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Evaluation Conclusions


The BBB of Chicago & Northern Illinois requested but did not receive complete information on the organization’s governance and oversight, effectiveness measures, solicitation materials, annual report, donor privacy, and fundraising disclosures and is unable to verify the organization's compliance with the following 12Standards for Charity Accountability: 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, and 20.
Tree House Humane Society, Inc. meets the remaining 7 Standards for Charity Accountability. Please note that as of the date of this report 1 out of the 20Standards for Charity Accountability are not currently effective. As a result, this standard has not been applied to this evaluation.
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Tree House was founded in 1971 and since that time we have expanded and enhanced our programs and services to become the largest, no-kill, cageless shelter for sick, injured, abused and neglected cats in the Chicagoland area. To date they have found homes for more than 16,000 cats. In addition to their focus on the rehabilitation and adoption of stray cats, they offer many other valuable programs and services, including their Spay/Neuter Program, Pet Loss Grief Support Group, Humane Investigations Team, Youth Volunteer Program, Animal-Assisted Therapy, Behavior Hotline, Pet Food Pantry, and Education Outreach Program. In 2007, they acquired a new building in the Bucktown neighborhood, which houses their new, state-of-the-art, high-volume, low-cost Spay/Neuter Clinic. The new clinic opened in the Spring of 2009. Since that time, Tree House has performed nearly 15,000 spay/neuter surgeries in the new Clinic, and they operate a Wellness Day on Mondays to provide necessary vaccinations and treatments for the pets of low-income families.

For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2013, Tree House Humane Society, Inc.'s program expenses were:

medical 1,151,343
general 690,240
adoption 189,507
other outreach 129,375
educational 59,215
Total Program Expenses: $2,219,680
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*Compensation includes annual salary and, if applicable, benefit plans, expense accounts, and other allowances.
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Fund Raising


Method(s) Used:

Fund raising costs were 16% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $2,416,292, are donations received as a result of fund raising activities.)
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Tax Status


This organization is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. It is eligible to receive contributions deductible as charitable donations for federal income tax purposes.
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The following information is based on Tree House Humane Society, Inc.'s audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2013.

Source of Funds  
contributions 1,449,742
bequests 675,049
program service fees 314,798
special events 152,545
investment income 136,148
grant 108,250
raffle 25,706
in-kind contributions 5,000
misc 915
Total Income $2,868,153


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 82%  Fund Raising: 14%  Administrative: 4% 

Total income $2,868,153
Program expenses $2,219,680
Fund raising expenses 391,049
Administrative expenses 121,260
Total expenses $2,731,989
Income in Excess of Expenses 136,164
Beginning net assets 6,861,354
Ending net assets 6,370,377
Total liabilities 0
Total assets $0

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