December 2nd Adoption Event Print E-mail
The Feral Blog
Written by Sue Lee   
Wednesday, December 06, 2017

It was a warm and beautiful day for our adoption event on Saturday, 12/2, at the Wheaton PetSmart, and we had a steady flow of cat lovers and potential adopters who stopped by to meet and interact with our delightful cats and kittens.


20 kittens (Maddie, Pony Boy, Tarik, Benchley, Benson, Belmont, Beatrix, Peter, Pepper, Lucy, Ginger, Magenta, Ruddy, Merlin, Popcorn, Aviva, Trixie, Becky, Bernadette, Ruthie) and one adult cat (Inky) were the stars of our show. Everyone did a great job of responding to the attention of our visitors.


3 kittens were adopted at the event:

  • Becky went home with a nice couple from Buffalo Grove. The gal had been admiring Becky on-line, so her friend emailed me and got the ball rolling. Becky will have a 1 yr old male cat as a companion.
  • Ruthie was adopted by great family from Naperville. They had cats previously, but have been without one for several years. Ruthie caught their eye on line and won their heart in person, when she melted in the mom's arms.
  • Merlin was adopted by a nice gal from Westmont. She has a playful 3 mo old female kitten and was looking for a companion. She liked many of our kittens and had a hard time choosing, but finally decided on Merlin. He is a great boy and will be a wonderful addition to her family.

In addition we received an application from a couple in Bolingbrook who are looking for a pair of bonded boys who will play with each other and respect their 13 yr old female cat. While they were initially looking for younger kittens, after they met Benchley and Belmont, they changed their mind and decided that personality was much more important than age. Their application has since been approved and a visit and possible adoption is scheduled.


Benson caught the eye of another family. Follow-up is underway. In addition, we distributed a number of cards and information. It was a good day.


6 kittens (Chow Mein, Bear, Plexi, Plink, Safari, Buddy) and 2 adults (Simba, Hollie) were also adopted since our last event on 11/12. We had a bit of a slower period in November, but applications are now starting to roll in prior to the holidays.


Much appreciation to the volunteers and fosters who were involved in this event (Sara P, Candy, Christine, Lauren, Debbie, Julie, Connie K, Erika, Rick, Marilyn, Diane L, Sarah, Dedra, Sara N, Samantha, Kaitlyn). Your participation and interaction with our visitors made the event a success! Special thanks to Sara P, Christine, Sarah, Rick, Diane L and Dedra for your help with adoption counseling and adoption paperwork. Thanks to Sara P, Candy, Christine and Lauren for making set-up and clean up run smoothly. Thanks to Debbie for transporting Becky & Bernadette to the event.


Many thanks also for the great photography & videography coverage of the event provided by Candy, Julie and Christine, the event advertising and real time social media coverage by Connie B and Ted, the cute cage cards created by Lauren, and the updates to the adoptable cats & kittens board and binder provided by Debbie and Mike.


Thanks also to Loren for providing the beautiful Comfort for Critters blankets for each of our adopters. The blankets seem to be getting more beautiful with each new batch! And thanks to Sara P for helping with the event laundry.


Another great team effort!


Our final adoption event of the year is Saturday, 12/16, at the Pet Supplies Plus at 720 E. Ogden Ave. in Naperville, from 11am-3pm. We will be primarily featuring some new faces who were not in attendance at the 12/2 event. I will be contacting the fosters shortly.


Thanks again all!

Sue

 
Five Below - Feral Fixers Fundraiser! Print E-mail
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Written by Ted Semon   
Tuesday, December 05, 2017

Shop at the Finley Square or Bloomingdale Five Below stores and support Feral Fixers. From December 11th to 17th, turn in your flyer when you purchase all that last-minute fun stuff for the Holiday!


They have pet stuff and human stuff, "ran out of that" stuff! AND you have the whole week to shop! OMG! Stop in either store, all week long!


Five Below will send a check to Feral Fixers!

 
Happy Thanksgiving (and, oh yes, 10 more cats)! Print E-mail
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Written by Tammy McAuley   
Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving!


Cats didn't listen last week so we sent 13 into PAWS on Monday - they had an extra day to make up for the Thanksgiving holiday. We sent 6 ferals and 7 friendlies. There were 6 females and 7 males, but 3 male friendlies developed URI symptoms and did not receive surgery. 10 cats this trip, 100 for November, 829 for 2017 and 10,274 from our beginning.


Have a great Thanksgiving and know how thankful we all are to all of you!

 
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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