Four more trips in November... Print E-mail
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Written by Tammy McAuley   
Saturday, November 18, 2017

All snug for the night...
We made 4 trips between 11/8/17 and 11/16/17.


On 11/8, we sent 12 ferals, with 7 males and 5 females.


On 11/9, 5 friendlies and 6 ferals went to PAWS composed of 5 females and 6 males.


On 11/14 we went back to ADOPT with 9 friendlies and 3 ferals, which were 6 males and 6 females.


11/16 was a trip to PAWS with 17 ferals and 2 friendlies, 7 males and 12 females.


Dedra, Charli, Debbie, Laura, Linda & Mark did all the transporting and heavy lifting that entails :).


This brings us to 90 for November, 819 for 2017 and 10,264 since we began.


Our last trip for the year is on November 30th. Its already so cold that we would rather not do any ferals but the image of pregnant females in February looms ahead! The picture from Thursday night shows the 17 ferals were put to "bed." Covered with several layers of blankets and electric blankets to keep them warm thru the night.


We're almost ready to post our Black Cat #Giving Tuesday fundraiser - these funds support the many cats and kittens that have no caretaker to donate to cover the costs of spay/neuter, and there are many! Keep us in mind as you shop Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday - take a look at the deals and see if they might benefit Feral Fixers! And, be sure to use Amazon Smile when you shop online - it all counts!


Our many thanks!!!

 
November 12th Adoption Event Print E-mail
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Written by Sue Lee   
Wednesday, November 15, 2017

While we had a rainy start to our adoption event on Sunday, 11/12, at the Wheaton PetSmart, the weather cleared up as the day progressed and we had a steady stream of potential adopters and window shoppers interacting with our cats & kittens.


26 kittens (Perkins, Percy, Pedro, Chachi, Carol, Benchley, Benson, Belmont, Beatrix, Belize, Peter, Pepper, Lacie, Lance, Lucy, Ginger, Sweden, Swiss Miss, Aviva, Trixie, Toasty, Safari, Plexi, Plink, Peter, Winnie) and 2 adult cats (Henri, BeeJay) were the stars of our show. Everyone did a great job of greeting our guests, but the majority of our guests focused on our most popular kittens - Lacie, Lance, and Belize. If only our sweet and lovable black kittens and adult cats could draw as much attention!


2 adoptions occurred on Sunday:


Belize was adopted at the event by a very nice pre-approved gal from North Aurora who adopted a male kitten from us in 2014. She also has 2 other male cats, a 6 yr old and a 9 mo old. She was looking for a little girl to complete her kitty family.


Poo-Bah was adopted by a terrific young couple from Franklin Park, who have a 6 mo old male kitten for Poo-Bah to hang out with. They had met Poo-Bah prior to the event, and came to the event to meet a few others, but decided Poo-Bah was the one! So they went back to his foster home and snatched him up.


In addition, we received applications for Lacie, Lance, Trixie and possibly Benchley. Lacie's adopter has been approved and the adoption is scheduled for next Sunday. Follow-up is underway with the other potential adopters.


12 kittens & cats were adopted from our foster homes since our last event: Pashmina, Oscar, Pirate, Minnie (by her foster mom), Coral, Angela & Anemone together, Lightening & Zuri together, Ziggy, Vernon (by his foster mom), and Cambry (by her foster mom).


Best wishes to all of these kittens & cats in their new homes!


Former foster parents Joanna & Dan Milano stopped by the event to say hello. They have 2 beautiful children who have capturing their attention since they last fostered for us. Needless to say - the children are cat lovers!


We had an outstanding crew of volunteers and fosters at our event on Sunday including Sara P, Bonnie, Laurel, Lauren, Debbie, Jill, Diane L, Julie, Marilyn, Rick & Michelle, Sara N, and Diane C. Many thanks to you for making the event a success! Thanks also to Elke, Cheri, Laura and Judy for sending your fosters. Special thanks to Debbie for transporting several cats & kittens to the event.


Our behind the scenes team also did a fantastic job as always - Julie handled the photography & videography, Connie & Ted did the advertising on Facebook & our web site, Lauren created some cute cage cards, Sara and Mike provided the updates to the Adoptable Cats & Kittens board and binder, and Debbie and Sara took the laundry to do before the next event. Your help is greatly appreciated!


We will have 2 more adoption events before the end of the year:

  • Saturday, 12/2, at the Pet Supplies Plus at 720 E. Ogden Ave. in Naperville, 11am-3pm
  • Saturday, 12/16, 11am-3pm - location to be finalized

Stay tuned for more details!


Thanks,

Sue

 
Cats from 10 09 17 to 11 03 17 Print E-mail
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Written by Tammy McAuley   
Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Greeley is not so sure about this...
Despite saying "NO" most emphatically to any cats being processed between 10/8 & 10/29, a few still showed up.


On 10/26, there was no choice but to send 1 friendly and 5 ferals, of which there were 1 male and 5 females. ADOPT also did an eye enucleation on the cat that will be coming inside now.


On 10/30, ADOPT neutered 11 friendlies and 2 ferals of which 5 were male and 8 were female. ADOPT was kind enough to keep for adoption the wonderful orange tabby male we had sent in.


On 11/1, we sent 15 friendlies to ADOPT, 7 female and 8 males. Sadly, a friendly female who had had a very rough life died without waking up from surgery, things were just not right with her and there were no obvious signs prior to surgery. On a bright note, ADOPT kept 5 kittens for adoption.


Debbie Fit 14 Traps in the front of her car!
On 11/2, we resumed trips to PAWS with 7 friendlies, 1 female and 6 males.


On 11/3, PAWS held a special feral only day and we sent 14 ferals in, 6 males and 8 females.


Many thanks to Charli, Dedra, Debbie, Laura, Linda & Mark for transporting - sometimes on very short notice!


With the 6 additional cats sent in October, the total for October is 56. With the 36 cats sent in November, our total for the year is 765 and we have neutered 10,210 since our beginning in 2007.


View from the front
Our next fundraiser is the Giving Tuesday Black Cat Fundraiser that we hold every year to help raise funds for those cats who have no designated caretakers or those caretakers simply cannot afford to donate to cover the cost of surgery for all of the cats they feed. These fundraisers do so much better when we can set a matching funds goal and at present we have no donor pledging to donate those initial funds to be matched. Please consider making this your big donation for the year and challenging others to match your generosity! Contact Tammy at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it if you have any questions or wish to offer a matching funds challenge!


Thank you all so much!

 
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!

 
Jackson Galaxy Approved Print E-mail
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Written by TheArtistFormerlyKnownAsKatt   
Thursday, November 02, 2017

Feral Fixers is "Jackson Galaxy Approved!"


 

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