It was certainly a hot one on Saturday, 7/23! Fortunately, it was cool in the PetSmart at 63 Rice Lake Square in Wheaton for our adoption event. The heat did not keep away the visitors. We had many folks come and see our delightful cats and kittens available for adoption.
3 kittens were adopted during the event:
Cinnamon went home with a great family from Lombard. She will have an 8 month old male kitten as a companion, which is great, as she has a lot of play and energy in her. She was pawing through the cage at the kittens in the next cage looking for someone to play with!
Niagra went home with a family from Sublette, IL. They were in the area visiting family, saw our sign and came in to meet the kittens. Niagra will be a companion for their two children.
Mitchell went home with a wonderful family from Bartlett. They had adopted from us previously. He will have a terrific girl to cuddle with, similar to the situation he had at Bethany's, and 3 other cats to play with.
Several other folks also stopped by and took cards, adoption applications and photos of our kitties. Hopefully we will hear back from them. One lady was especially interested in Charles as a companion for her adult daughter who is suffering from MS. Charles would be a great companion and lap buddy.
Fiona with her Cupcake Hat!
Fiona, our animatronic white mascot kitty, sported her "Cupcake Hat", knitted by Debbie. We plan to feature one hat at each subsequent adoption event and auction it off on-line after the event.
There were 5 adult cats (Baby Pinto, Jackie, Apple Sauce, Corin and Charles) at the event, as well as 10 kittens (Diana, Oliver, Talbot, Tamale, Tanner, Mitchell, Niagra, Jockey, Stevie and Cinnamon). Although the store environment is always a bit of stressful for many, everyone did very well.
Many thanks to the fosters who brought their kitties to the event, specifically Cheri, Debbie, Bethany, Pam, Javeria, Marjorie, Jessica, and Tori & Taylor. Special thanks to Bethany, Debbie and Marjorie who stayed during the event to greet our guests and help promote their kitties.
Many thanks also to the volunteers who helped with the event, specifically Sara, Debbie, Lauren and Bernie. Many thanks to Connie, Sara and Ted for the great publicity and real time coverage of the event with photos and a live feed on Facebook. Thanks also to Mike for updating our Adoptable Cats & Kittens binder, and to Debbie for updating our poster board.
Our next adoption event is scheduled for Saturday, 8/6, at the Pet Supplies Plus store at 720 E. Ogden Ave. in Naperville. We will be back at the PetSmart in Rice Lake Square in Wheaton on 8/20.
24 more in 2 trips
The Feral Blog
Written by Tammy McAuley
Sunday, July 24, 2016
10 Ferals & 10 Friendlies
Everyone is wanting to get their cats neutered it seems! We've had a cut back in the number of slots we get at PAWS, so it will be interesting to see how many we process by year end. We did manage to get 5 slots on 7/20, so sent 5 friendlies in, 2 males and 3 females. Charli transported in the AM and Debbie picked up in the PM.
Post Op at the end of the day
On 7/21 we had 20 slots, 10 ferals and 10 friendlies were transported by Charli & Debbie in the AM and Debbie & Laura did pickup duty in the PM. Of these, 9 were males and 11 were females with one friendly already being spayed. She didn't get sedated, since her spay scar was discovered before that step and was not willing to go back in her carrier so she is the cat in the cardboard carrier in the hallway - not the usual way we transport cats but in this instance, the safest! The pictures show the hallway when we are the last to pick up and the post-op room after its been emptied out of all the equipment at the end of the day.
Why we need a Facility
If you look at the picture in the garage, you'll see the towels pulled back on the ferals - trying to keep them cool in 90+ degrees. Luckily 6 of the ferals were picked up that evening to go to other, cooler garages for recovery. That left 4 to go in Tammy's basement as the garage is just toooo warm, even overnight when the temperatures are this high - yet another reason we need a location that can be kept cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Hauling the traps up and down the basement stairs is a pain to say the least!
So our numbers are: 24 these two trips, 53 for the month of July, 423 for the year and 8,858 since our beginning.
9 + 1 more on Thursday
The Feral Blog
Written by Tammy McAuley
Saturday, July 16, 2016
On Thursday, July 14th, Feral Fixers sent 9 cats to PAWS. As happens way too often, someone left a trap set on Wednesday night and contacted us at 8AM - the time the cats depart. With a quick call to PAWS and to a volunteer, we did arrange for the late arrival to make a separate, additional trip to PAWS, bringing our total to 10. Charli did the main AM trip, Debbie made the additional trek and Dedra brought them all back in the PM - picture of the cats brought back. Of the 10, there were 5 ferals and 5 friendlies. Of these, 4 were females and 6 were males. This brings us to 10 for Thursday, 29 for the month, 399 for the year and 8,834 since we began TNR in 2007.
Two of the cats came from a location with a Koi pond. The owners had let the water level get a little low = two cats that have learned to fish! Koi can be very expensive, these boys were not really welcomed back. So this weekend Trout and Catfish will be going to TreeHouse' Cats At Work Program to see if their skills will translate to rodent patrol! This will bring the total number of cats to 54 that have moved from the suburbs into Chicago for their new jobs - a large portion of the cats deployed by TreeHouse so far this year.
We are very grateful to TreeHouse for this program - we don't have to find the relocation sites, transport and monitor these cats the rest of their lives, and now the cats will HAVE a "rest of their lives"!
To learn more about the TreeHouse program - Cats At Work, click here for a really fine article (no apologies to the Chicago Tribune's John Kass).
Just one Day...
From The President
Written by Tammy McAuley
Monday, July 04, 2016
On June 30th Feral Fixers sent the last group for the month of June into PAWS. Of 27 cats, 24 were ferals and 3 were friendlies. We could have sent more friendlies but PAWS was already overbooked – they did over 100 surgeries that day once again! There were 7 males and 20 females. One female feral had a hernia repair – good to know that she won’t have that looming in her future now. We couldn’t make room for one friendly kitten, so we sent him to Glen Ellyn because we had a shelter willing to take him if he was neutered first, and then able to join his siblings who were already there. With these 28, our total for June is 94, total for year is 370 and since we began in 2007 we have neutered 8, 805.
Included are some pictures from our trip to PAWS. Along with trapping the 24 ferals, I think we also trapped another TWENTY kittens who were too young to go into PAWS. Until they have the room to go into a crate, they stay in the traps. Being alone in the traps is hard, but it furthers the taming process. They are dependent on us for care and having no one else, we become the best thing. Its not easy, putting them thru this, but it is the fastest way to a happy kitten. There’s a picture of 13, waiting for the next step. There’s a picture of one feral that made a cave from her newspapers – we’ve had a lot of shredders this year!
Debbie & Charli did transport in the AM and Debbie & Dedra picked the cats up and brought them back at the end of the day.
During the course of the day, more kittens were caught, plus the original 13, plus the 27 that came back from PAWS. This requires a lot of resources. When they come back, they get a meal – one meal for this many on this day was thirteen 13oz cans. We give them just canned for this meal as their throats might not be up to dry food. The following day, the amount of canned is reduced but made up for by adding a half cup of dry food each. The cans of food are mixed with water in order to ensure their water intake is kept up. After using many different vessels, we now take Styrofoam hamburger clam shells, cut them in half and each is a dish capable of handling the soupy food without breaking down.
Drowning Babies in the River
Animal Sheltering is a magazine produced by the Humane Society of the United States, their recent e-magazine included an article on finding a new source of inspiration to continue in Rescue. https://www.animalsheltering.org/blog/finding-new-source-inspiration Many people have heard the story of the starfish = if I can save just this one, I’ve made a difference for at least this one is how it goes. There’s another story that is new to me - the Drowning Babies in the River tale. The story goes like this:
One summer in the village, the people in the town gathered for a picnic. As they leisurely shared food and conversation, someone noticed a baby in the river, struggling and crying. The baby was going to drown!
Someone rushed to save the baby. Then, they noticed another screaming baby in the river, and they pulled that baby out. Soon, they saw more babies and were pulling them out as fast as they could. They were exhausted, and the whole town had to work together to keep more babies from drowning. So when people saw two of the townspeople starting to run up the river bank, they shouted for them to stop. “Where are you going?" they yelled. "We need you here to help us save these babies!”
“We are going to stop whoever is throwing them in!”
TNR is doing its best to march up that river and stop the babies being thrown in. This story really struck me. When you read the rest of the article, yes, there are other things you can do, but the only way for those other programs to work is to reduce the number of animals that they have to support. Our “townspeople” are exhausted and the resources to care for the cats already here will never be enough. We have got to prevent their arrival.
A wonderful time was had by all at Feral Fixers’ first annual Kitten Shower! We’ve heard nothing but compliments from attendees about the food, the silent auction, door prizes, gift bags, the whole thing!
We are extremely grateful to everyone who participated, donated and had a good time! We had a lot of Kitten Shower gifts that were immediately useful - the Kitten Avalanche began in earnest just days after! Our Boutique and the Recycled2New booths were busy during the whole event. So many people generously donated to our June is for Kittens Giving Grid, we will be doing that fundraiser in the future, too.
Thank you for making it worthwhile to host this event! Our donors do so much for us, we enjoy giving them a good time in thanks!
We have a lot of events on our roster coming up this Summer and Fall.
7/9 Our first Pet Supplies Plus Adoption event – the Ogden Ave./Naperville store – hope to see you there!
8/27 is the Shred4Rescues in Westmont – Citadel Information Management donates the proceeds from this event to several animal rescues in the area – save up your documents and dispose of them safely!
9/17 DuPage County Animal Care & Control Fall Festival
9/25 West Suburban Humane Society’s Barkapalooza – hundreds of happy dogs!
10/1 Two Bostons of Naperville is holding an Adoptathon! Always a good time!
10/16 National Feral Cat Day – stay tuned to learn more about our even on that day!
We can always use more smiling faces to represent Feral Fixers at these events! Please contact us at
to sign up!