Despite best intentions... Print E-mail
The Feral Blog
Written by Tammy McAuley   
Saturday, October 14, 2017

Sterling
Despite every attempt to be on hiatus from any cats coming in, we have such a wide network of caretakers, cover such a large area and friendlies do stupid things and therefore can be at risk - Wednesday night at 8:45pm a friendly cat arrived at my garage that we had been trying for several days. Thru texts, neuter arrangements were made for the next day. Debbie picked him up and Linda & Mark brought him back. He is a friendly male, brown tabby/white. When I transferred him Thursday morning into a carrier, all he could do was tremble. When he came back in the PM, he still trembled but the happy paws were starting. He loves tummy rubs and now, Saturday, he is relaxing, laying all splayed out and talking.


We haven't kept track of just how many cats have turned friendly, come to us friendly - its a movable number anyway as evidenced by a cat that I picked up from Animal Control yesterday. Spayed two years ago, she moved 2 1/2 miles away and now is as sweet as can be - the person who found her had to go out of town = turning her into Animal Control. He would love to adopt her when he gets back. As I've said before, we fill a niche for these cats that no one else can - thank you for your help! With the neutering of Sterling (who needs a foster!), we have neutered 37 for the month of October, 710 for 2017 and 10,155 since we began in 2007.


Hope to see you all at the 10K1K10Yr Celebration!

 
2 more on Monday - And 10K1K10Yr is just around the corner! Print E-mail
The Feral Blog
Written by Tammy McAuley   
Wednesday, October 11, 2017

It's so hard to stop a train! Monday, the 9th, we sent two cats to ADOPT for spay/neuter. One was the cat that escaped last Wednesday and was re-trapped Thursday afternoon in my garage. She immediately began meowing and rubbing on the trap and went in as a friendly. The other cat was reported to be a pregnant female feral. In actuality, he was a male. One feral, one friendly, one male, one female. This brings us to 36 for October, 709 for the year and 10,154 since 2007.


Preparations are in full swing for our 10K1K10Yr Open House celebration at the VFW this Sunday - we hope to see you there!


And, our goal was a minimum of 50 attendees for our Wine & Whiskers event on October 24th and we are below the halfway mark on reservations - don't delay, sign up today! Deadline is 10/15. There is always a last-minute rush, can we have that early please? Thank you to all of our supporters!!!

 
A great Adoption weekend! Print E-mail
The Feral Blog
Written by Sue Lee   
Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Last weekend was action packed with adoption activity as we had adoption events both days. On Saturday, 10/7, we were at the Pet Supplies Plus in Villa Park, as part of Pet Supplies Plus National Adoption Weekend. On Sunday, 10/8, we were at Congregation Etz Chaim Jewish Synagogue in Lombard for their Mitzvah Day celebration. Both were new venues for us, so it was a refreshing change of pace.


We had a nice spot at the front of the Villa Park Pet Supplies Plus store on Saturday with lots of light from the windows. Foot traffic was a bit light during the event, although we were visited by two pre-approved adopters, which resulted in two adoptions. We also accepted two new applications at the event, which will likely result in an additional adoption. A promising foster application was also received, offering help in the January time frame. A few Feral Fixers supporters stopped by to see our kitties and one provided a generous donation. The weather held out nicely for us during the event. That is until it was time to pack up my van, at which point a heavy rain shower with strong winds blew in, making packing up a bit of a challenge.


Sunday was a gorgeous day for our event at Congregation Etz Chaim Jewish Synagogue. The Synagogue generously rented an RV for us to house our adoptable kittens during this outdoor event. This helped to lower their stress level, as well as mine, as we could safely transfer the kittens between carrier and cage and allow potential adopter interaction with the kittens in the enclosed RV. It was Mitzvah Day at the Synagogue and they had scheduled many activities aimed at helping a variety of charities. Attendance was good at the event including many well-behaved children who came by to meet our kitties. The Congregation was very welcoming to us, providing lunch and snacks. It was a fun-filled day, as well as a productive day, as we completed one adoption during the event, and collected contact information from other potential adopters. We also received a few generous donations.


Across these two events we showcased 29 of our kittens (Bear, Freckles, Pirate, Sweden, Swiss Miss, Granita, Parker, Pax, Anemone, Angela, Aviva, Trixie, Popcorn, Toasty, Benson, Beatrix, Belize, Bechamel, Benchley, Belmont, Plexi, Plink, Magenta, Cerulean, Becky, Bernadette, Vernon, Lucy, Ginger) and 3 adults (Cindy Lou, Henri, Brodie). Everyone did very well, especially the kittens at the event on Sunday (Magenta, Cerulean, Becky, Bernadette, Vernon, Lucy and Ginger), who received the attention of many interested children.


3 kittens were adopted during these events:

  • Bechamel went home with a wonderful family from Crystal Lake. He will have 2 other cats and a dog to keep him company.
  • After careful consideration of several of our kittens including visits in their foster homes, a great gal from Villa Park decided on Granita as her new kitten companion. She has 2 other female cats as well. She will be picking up Granita from his foster home later this week.
  • Vernon won the heart of a terrific couple from Naperville, as he reminded them of the wonderful cat they lost this summer. He will have a young male cat and an older female cat as companions. Vernon will be transitioning to his new home next weekend.
  • An application was also received for Cindy Lou at the event on Saturday by a wonderful family from Wheaton who adopted a handsome Himalayan mix cat from us in 2013. Their application was quickly approved and they are scheduled to pick up Cindy Lou later this week.
  • 5 more kittens were adopted during the week since our last event (Beethoven, Buzz, Baby Ruth, Korrie, Sabine) - yeah!!

Many thanks to all of the volunteers and fosters who made these two events a success - Lauren, Candy, Sara, Bernie, Debbie, Christine, Laurel, Jennifer, Diane C, Marjorie, Diane L, Shawna, Karen, Laura, Michelle, Catherine, Kaitlyn, Jillian, Samantha, Marilyn. Your cooperation and engagement are truly appreciated. Special thanks to the folks who endured the wet weather on Saturday during clean-up (Laurel, Sara, Lauren, Debbie, Christine) and to the volunteers who managed all of our young guests at the event on Sunday (Candy, Lauren, Bernie).


Much appreciation also to all of the behind the scenes contributors including Candy & Sara who handled the photography & videography, Connie & Ted for the Facebook and web site advertising and real time coverage, Lauren for creating the many cage cards and participating in both events, Sara & Mike for updating the Adoptable Cats & Kittens Board & Binder, Candy & Sara for helping with the laundry, and Debbie for transporting cats home from the Saturday event.


Last weekend was truly a team effort - great job everyone!


Our focus shifts next weekend to our celebration of 10K spay/neuters, 1K adoptions and our 10 year anniversary at the Villa Park VFW Hall on Sunday, 10/15. By the time of the event, we will likely have completed over 1130 adoptions since we received our IL Dept of Ag shelter license in June 2013!! Many, many lives saved from the danger of life outdoors :-)


Our next two adoption events are:

  • Saturday, 10/21, 11am-3pm at the PetSmart at 63 Rice Lake Square in Wheaton
  • Sunday, 11/12, 11am-3pm at the PetSmart at 63 Rice Lake Square in Wheaton - this is PetSmart National Adoption Weekend

Thanks,

Sue

 
Just Because You Don’t Hear From Us… Print E-mail
From The President
Written by Tammy McAuley   
Sunday, July 16, 2017

Don’t ever think because you don’t hear what we are doing that we are doing nothing. Between 6/29/17 and 7/13/17 we made 8 trips to 4 different spay/neuter clinics, multiple times in a day or week. We neutered a total of 94 cats in that time, 46 ferals, 48 friendlies, 40 males, 54 females. We ended June with a total for the month of 95 and so far in July we have neutered 69. This brings us to 413 for the year and 9,858 since our beginning. I’ve created a table to show our work – we don’t usually track kittens in this information but thought since the KrazyForKittens Fundraiser is going on now, you should see what those funds would go for – in just two weeks’ time we neutered 45 kittens! Most of these will be adopted thru us, 3 went to Naperville Area Humane Society and the total does not reflect the 4 or so adoptable adults that were neutered and we have up for adoption from this two week time period. Staggering, isn’t it?



We’re trying to do better about telling caretakers no. Its very hard but we’re trying to stick to just DuPage County. But would you be able to say no to a location that was reported to have 20 ferals and 20 kittens? So far that location has netted over 30 ferals and I’ve lost count of the kittens – around 30, I think, and its not done. Yes, it was in Cook County but the TNR group was not going to be able to get there and we had their blessing. 19 females so far and that does not count the kittens we haven’t neutered yet.


Many thanks to Charli, Dedra, Debbie, Laura, Ted, Linda & Mark for transporting!


We’re Always Asking For Donations


Yes, we can only continue to do this work if we have sufficient funds. We have some wonderful, generous people who support us but if we don’t ask, we don’t get. Knowing how much this year’s crop of kittens was going to cost us, two donors have pledged funds to be matched for $2,000 with a goal of a total of $4,000. As you can see from the preceding information, that is roughly two weeks of kitten surgeries when we’re at high volume like now. The fundraiser just started and will go until August 15th and yep, there’ll be a fundraiser after that. And as sure as night follows day, there will be more cats and kittens that need your help. Kittens started later this year, we’re hoping that gets delayed more and more each year but we certainly can’t give up now. Thank you all for your support and please pass on the word about the KrazyForKittens Fundraiser. $10 from 10 people is $100 and can make a big difference. Please also explore any employer matching funds you might have access to – “free” money! Make a donation and post pictures of your cats and have fun with this fundraiser!


As If They Were Our Own Fundraiser Results


We met our goal! Wanted to let you know how some of the cats are doing that benefited from the As If They Were Our Own Fundraiser. Brodie is still with me, has had several bandage changes and hopefully by the next change the largest part of his wound will be closed and he can go without a bandage. Very loving, he reaches out and hugs and climbs onto you to be held. Tolerant, he accepts his cone without protest. What a guy!


Gibbs & Tony are in foster and up for adoption, had a couple of inquiries but the right home has not materialized. Maynard is back home, still a little unsteady on his feet and still requiring treatment for his ear but is really enjoying his life! Brodie, Gibbs and Maynard all would have faced euthanasia if there were no funds to treat them with. Thank you all so much!!!


Our Future


We have a Funds For Our Future account. It is growing steadily but the need for a location is growing more rapidly. We’ve looked at different locations and are exploring some options but darn if what seems to be the right fit doesn’t end up being property with an asking price of over $500,000. Right now we have under $40,000 so you can see the problem. We need to get out of garages and basements, have a real location that volunteers would feel comfortable at, with plenty of parking. There have been $200,000 locations that had parts of what we want but the whole package seems to be wrapped in $500,000+. Think of adoption rooms, rooms to shelter the incoming friendlies before adoption, very quiet space for moms & babies, holding area pre- and post- TNR and maybe, just maybe, our own surgical suite so we don’t have to travel all over to get our surgeries done. And, perhaps a vet could come to us instead of our trekking to them. So many possibilities come back to that same old answer – money. Keep us in mind if someone asks where they should make their charitable donations, who they should name as beneficiary as they plan their own futures, set up automatic monthly donations – we need a stable income to move forward. Feral Fixers is in this for the long haul and it would help so much to do that from our own building!


10K1K 10 Year Celebration!


Everyone thinks we’re asking them to participate in a marathon. Nope, we’re asking them to celebrate the marathon we’ve been in for the past 10 years, by the time of our 10th anniversary we will have neutered over 10,000 cats, adopted out over 1,000 cats! We will have more information closer to October 15th, but please put it on your calendars now. There will be food and lots of cat people. We will have a limited Silent Auction – everyone loves those so much – if you have contacts for a hotel, restaurant, event package, please let us know. Everyone enjoys low-key, stress-free events and that’s what we hope to provide. Come join us and CELEBRATE!

 
Helping many shelters... Print E-mail
Audios / Visuals of the Week
Written by TheArtistFormerlyKnownAsKatt   
Monday, August 14, 2017

Really brings home the number of shelters in the area


 

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