Here on The Conscious Cat, we’re all about conscious living. Conscious living means making choices that are in alignment with our value system, and for me, that also includes “green living:” making decisions that benefit our planet. When green living and cats come together, it’s definitely a reason to celebrate.
When I received the press release about Harmony House for Cats announcing its grand opening of their new eco-friendly shelter, I was intrigued, and asked for more information. The shelter, which will open on July 8, is slated to be Chicago’s first “net zero energy” commercial building. Net zero energy means that the amount of energy provided by on-site renewable energy sources over the course of one year is equal or greater than the amount of energy used by the building. The building uses cutting edge geothermal wells, solar thermal panels and solar photovoltaics technology to accomplish this.
But in addition to an energy-conscious design, the shelter is also designed with the cats’ well-being in mind.The design is organized around a central landscaped courtyard for day-lighting and access for all shelter users, visually and physically, to nature. “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 building features bright rooms with lots of shelves, stairs and cat trees. Feline residents can enjoy the view of the great outdoors from window platforms built especially for this purpose. A large adoption room gives potential adopters the opportunity to spend time with the cats in something other than a cage setting.
If you live in the Chicagoland area, be sure to attend the shelter’s grand opening on July 8.
Harmony House for Cats is a cageless no-kill shelter dedicated to rescuing and placing injured and abandoned cats. Each cat and kitten receives the expert veterinary care and one-on-one attention needed to be adopted into a loving home.
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