Four more on Tuesday Print E-mail
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Written by Ted Semon   
Saturday, November 28, 2015

Feral Fixers sent in four more cats to the PAWS-Chicago spay/neuter clinic on Tuesday to be fixed. We get a summary of the trip from Feral Fixers president Tammy:

"Many thanks to Debbie and Dedra who transported 4 more cats to PAWS on Tuesday! We sent one feral (who is going to spend the winter in a garage) who had been elusive for almost 2 years! and three friendlies. There were two males and two females. This brings our monthly total to 136, our total for the year to 1,111 and our grand total to 8,389!

Thank you to all of the donors, the social media supporters, the caretakers, the fosters, the transporters and volunteers who keep this going!"

Special thanks to our super-transport-volunteers Debbie and Dedra!

Another week, another 43 cats Print E-mail
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Written by Ted Semon   
Friday, November 20, 2015

Feral Fixers made two more trips to the PAWS-Chicago Spay/Neuter clinic this week, bringing in cats to be spayed/neutered. Feral Fixers president Tammy gives us the details:

"Another week, another 43 cats.

On 11/18, Debbie was kind enough to make the trip to and from PAWS with 10 ferals. There were 7 males and 3 females.

On 11/19, Debbie and Charli made the AM trip and Dedra and Debbie made the PM run. There were 8 ferals and 27 friendlies. One of the friendlies started out the morning in a trap but was so clearly friendly and purring on contact, that we switched him from feral to the friendly category before the transport left. One feral male was already neutered and one friendly male had URI symptoms so did not have surgery, resulting in 17 females and 16 males being neutered.

Our total for the week was 43, the month of November is 132, for 2015 we have neutered 1,107 so far and our grand total is 8,385 neutered cats since we began."

Thank you to our super-transport-volunteers Debbie, Charli and Dedra!

Holiday Craft Show! Print E-mail
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Written by Ted Semon   
Thursday, November 19, 2015

On Sunday, December 6th, from 9am to 3pm, a Holiday Craft show will be held at the VFW #2801 located at 39 E St. Charles Rd in Villa Park. There will be Holiday Crafts, Granny's Attic, an Hourly Raffle, a Snack Bar, etc. Recycled2New will be having a booth at this event with cardboard cat scratchers, jars of catnip, notecards, handmade jewelry, cat toys, and knotted fleece beds and who knows what wondrous things! Proceeds received by Recycled2New will be donated to Feral Fixers (Thank you Recycled2New!).

Click here to download the flyer.

Come on out, enjoy the event, get some of your Holiday shopping done and help Feral Fixers at the same time!

Remington's story Print E-mail
From The President
Written by Tammy McAuley   
Thursday, October 15, 2015

We’ve posted stories about how your donations make such a difference in the day-to-day lives of the ferals & strays that come to us with injuries and illness. Almost daily I make choices about what care, what extent of care we can provide. Our latest is Remington. We’ve had Remington in foster for a couple months. He came from a colony that is clearly inbred and they have health issues. Remington had upper respiratory symptoms that required successive antibiotics and only keeping him on a maintenance dose of clindamycin kept the URI at bay, while a rattling sound became more and more evident in his breathing. It seemed likely that there was a growth or polyp causing the rattle. His visit to Veterinary Specialty Center in Buffalo Grove resulted in a clear diagnosis. They are wonderful professionals, all in one location and worth the trip.

It is definitely a nasopharyngeal polyp. They could feel it for themselves. There were two options, go in and yank it out - often don't get the whole root and the polyp is back in a year or two (think the movie Total Recall where they grab that ball out of the nose - Ughhhh!) and still need the surgery. Or surgery now, where they go in thru the ear and get the whole polyp, sure for certain. We are definitely doing the second option as we want Remington to have the longest, most uncomplicated life possible. This will not be cheap, while we get a Rescue discount, the quote is for over $3,200. That would completely wipe out our fundraiser, IF we achieve our goal of $3,000.

There is no one else to help Remington but you. Through your donations to "As If They Were Our Own", he will get this surgery and life for Remington will improve almost immediately and long into his future.

Please help us, help them!


It’s all about the numbers. Numbers are how we evaluate, benchmark progress, compare to others.

When we first started Feral Fixers, I was convinced that 3,000 spay/neuters was the goal. Then we achieved 5,000 and I was certain the end was in sight. By the end of October we will surpass 8,200 spay/neuters. M A Y B E, when we pass 10,000 things will slow down?

If you follow us on Facebook, we recently encountered a colony of 70+ cats. Yes, there were multiple businesses involved, but it was essentially one colony. Largest situation I had ever encountered other than a hoarder that had over 100. The hoarder was easier in one way – you knew when you had the last cat – you had opened ever door, cupboard, looked in every duct, it was cat-free. Outside colonies – individuals may only show up occasionally depending on many variables but still have impact on the colony, that one teenage kitten might wander off and start production in the spring all over again. We know that once we have a location on our radar, its there forever. We may finally find the source of those new cats that have shown up in a 6 block area consistently, having never known the origin before. This happened two weeks ago when we learned of a garage with 15+ cats living inside, then the location across the street from it that had more than a dozen, and so on, resulting in at least 40 cats that needed to be TNR’d.

We are averaging 1,000 spay/neuters a year and bringing approximately 400 kittens and friendlies inside each year. Everyone in TNR asks, “what if we hadn’t been doing this – how much euthanization would be going on?” A tremendous number of cats and kittens would be euthanized each year, each month, each week, if we were not doing TNR.

Thank you to everyone who helps us with our NUMBERS!

Who's smarter? Print E-mail
Audios / Visuals of the Week
Written by TheArtistFormerlyKnownAsKatt   
Monday, September 22, 2014

Despite our best efforts, uninformed people still ask the age old question; "Who's smarter, cats or dogs?"

Behold Exhibit A: (my favorite part is the dog still believing what the cat told him :))

Cats rule, dogs drool...


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