Thank you Kris Dotson! Print E-mail
The Feral Blog
Written by Ted Semon   
Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Feral Fixers president Tammy tells us about a special friend of Feral Fixers:

"Kris Dotson loves cats and believes in spay/neuter and TNR!

She organized a fundraiser/information table at the Elmhurst Petco for National Feral Cat Day. For two days she took donations, sold raffle tickets and talked about TNR and handed out information. Kris contacted us for flyers and newsletters but did everything else herself!

Thank you, Kris!"

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Six more on Sunday Print E-mail
The Feral Blog
Written by Ted Semon   
Monday, October 27, 2014

Feral Fixers made another trip to the PAWS-Chicago Spay/Neuter clinic on Sunday. Feral Fixers president Tammy gives us the details:

"We sent 6 feral cats to PAWS on Sunday. Cathi transported both to and from and said it was a great day at PAWS - things went smoothly! We had two females who may be the last of the adults from the Addison project - Yea! This brings us to 144 cats for the month, 1,086 for the year and 7,062 since we began! Just five more weeks to go!

Thank you to super-volunteer Cathi for stepping up and doing the trip both ways!

The "five more weeks to go" refers to how long we have until the end of the Feral Fixers TNR season. If you have any cats that need to be TNR'd, please contact Feral Fixers at your earliest convenience so that we can get you on the schedule.

48 more today Print E-mail
The Feral Blog
Written by Ted Semon   
Thursday, October 23, 2014

Today was the first time in eight weeks that I helped transport cats to/from PAWS. As some of you know, I herniated a disc near the end of August and have been in recovery mode since then. Because of the large number of cats today, Tammy asked me if I could transport some of the cats, with others doing the loading and unloading. Of course I said 'Yes' and the other volunteers did all the heavy work - they were under strict orders to not let me pick up / carry cats. I felt kind of useless, but was able to contribute by holding doors open, buying bagels for the PAWS crew and working on paperwork (and driving, of course). Hopefully I will soon be able to sling cats with the best of them (in the nicest possible way, of course :) ).

While I've been unable to do transport, a whole plethora of volunteers have stepped up to fill the void and I want to thank them all. I have detailed their names over the past several weeks in my blog entries and I again want to say "thank you" for stepping up and helping to keep Feral Fixers in the high-volume TNR business.

There were originally 52 cats scheduled to be transported to the PAWS-Chicago Spay/Neuter clinic for spay/neuter surgery today, but one of them took ill at the last moment, so we wound up bringing 51 cats to PAWS. Super-volunteers Charli and Jennifer helped me transport cats this morning (actually, I should say that I helped them a bit - that would be more accurate) while super-volunteer Cathi and new super-volunteers Mark and Linda helped me pick up the cats from PAWS this evening and bring them back to Tammy's for recovery. It was a very busy day at PAWS, so the cats weren't ready until 6:30pm and we didn't get out of PAWS until almost 7:30pm.

Of the 51 cats brought, 33 were ferals while 18 were 'friendly ferals'. One of the ferals turned out to have already been neutered and two of the friendlies were deemed not healthy enough for surgery, so a total of 48 cats (32 ferals and 16 friendlies) were done this day. I don't have a count of how many were males and females, but it's safe to say that there were a bunch of each :)

Super-volunteer Judy was at Tammy's both this morning and evening helping out - Thanks Judy!

With these 48 cats, Feral Fixers has now processed 138 cats for October, 1,080 for the year and 7,056 overall.

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From The President
Written by Tammy McAuley   
Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Been a nice, cool summer hasn’t it?

We realized recently that the number of kittens and pregnant ferals we are encountering might be totally due to the climate! Normally, with the temperatures soaring, the unfortunate result is that many ferals do not make it thru the Summer heat – probably more die in the Summer than the Winter in fact. You know, you can always put more clothes on...

From My Cousin Vinny

Vinny Gambini: "I bought a suit. You seen it. Now it's covered in mud. This town doesn't have a one hour cleaner so I had to buy a new suit, except the only store you could buy a new suit in has got the flu. Got that? The whole store got the flu so I had to get this in a second hand store. So it's either wear the leather jacket which I know you hate, or this. So I wore this ridiculous thing for you."

The handful of volunteers who can do trapping and set up caretakers to do TNR are completely exhausted and yes, some of us have the flu. Many of us do multiple tasks, people who trap also foster and transport, etc. - we are just in over our heads. At a time when the number of fosters and volunteers is at an all-time low, we are desperate. If you’ve been keeping track of us for awhile, you know that we do not ask for help unless we need it. And, boy, do we need it. We have over 50 kittens waiting for fostering. They are currently in cages, as that is the only way to get them off the streets. Its good enough for now but being in a home would be so much better and get them on to being adopted that much faster. How do you leave a 5 week old kitten outside to be picked off by raccoons and possums and predatory birds? How do you put back out a 12 week old that as soon as you touch it, it begins purring, trembling with the newness of the experience but still wanting to come inside and join the humans? If you can answer me these questions, with good answers that we can all live with, please share them. In the meantime, we may not get to all the cats that need TNR – because we cannot create more time in a day! We tried to take a full break – that didn’t work out well – still so many responsibilities. So, we’re going to have to slow down – instead of 40+ cats in a trip to PAWS, trying to limit it to 20 cats. Hopefully, with your help, we could reopen the “store” and crank out more cats, but for now, we might not get to everyone we would really like to.

At Feral Fixers, Do We Ask Too Much Of Ourselves?

As far as I can tell, we are the only organization in the area without a brick & mortar that does as much as we do with as few people in such a short time. I was looking at other organizations’ information and one really stood out to me. They had incorporated at roughly the same time, just over seven years ago and were (quite rightly) very proud that they had neutered 700 cats in that time. I read and re-read it. This is a TNR group and yes they also do adoptions, etc., like we do. I just had to really pause and think. 700 is a huge number of cats that will not be re-producing. It made it clear to me that perhaps we are doing too much overall.

I know other organizations are able to JUST do TNR. That’s it. They do not take in kittens and friendlies, they do not provide after care or care for injuries for the ferals in the area, they do not help with “end of life care” - taking the cats to be euthanized when they need it, they do not help relocate cats when caretakers have life changes and the ferals will suffer. What do you think – are we just plain nuts? What should we change?

We do all of this because we care what happens to each individual cat – each one deserves individual consideration and that’s probably why we’ve neutered almost

7,000 cats in seven years!

Happy Anniversary to us!

How many cats ARE there? Numbers to Think About

Pets by the numbers

U.S. Pet Ownership Statistics

I was playing with the numbers that I could find online. Taking the total number of households in DuPage County = 335,532, multiplying by .304 (magic number to determine cat-owning households) = 101,901 cat owning households. Multiply that by 2.1 (avg # cats per household) = 213,992 owned cats in DuPage County. Say cats live a high average maximum of 20 years. Divide the number of cats by years and you might calculate that 10,000 homes become available each year in all of DuPage County – it should even out that new cat owning households as kids move out and people not replacing cats that have passed would roughly balance each other. Just some numbers to think about!

A Project with Really Good Numbers – What Others Are Doing!

The numbers in this article from the University of Florida are astonishing: Five square miles, 2,366 cats trapped – only 54% of what was there, 1,169 returned, 912 adopted or transferred to shelters, 61 cats relocated. This project covered a wide range of demographics – university campus, trailer parks, downtown district, and industrial areas – all places that typically have large feral cat populations. Unfortunately, it did not include the information of how many households or addresses in the area covered. But what a huge impact!

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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