March 10th Adoption Event Print E-mail
The Feral Blog
Written by Sue Lee   
Monday, March 12, 2018

It was a beautiful day to bring out our cats and kittens for the adoption event on Saturday, 3/10, at the Naperville Pet Supplies Plus store. 10 cats and teenage kittens were the stars of our show:

  • Princess - Beautiful ~1 yr old light orange tabby girl, who was happy to interact with our guests.
  • Powell - Super sweet ~2 yr old orange tabby with white boy, who just couldn't get enough attention - what a sweetheart!
  • Sparky - Handsome ~4 yr old black & white long fur tuxedo boy, who was similarly initially excited by all of the attention, but then got enough, so his foster mom took him home.
  • Corn - Super sweet, but a bit more shy ~4 yr old orange tabby with white boy. He felt safest hiding under his blanket ;-)
  • Peony - Adorable ~9 mo old brown tabby with white girl, who was a little scared, but enjoyed being petted.
  • Babette - Gorgeous ~5 yr old long fur gray & white Maine Coon mix girl, whose striking green eyes looked like they were outlined with eyeliner.
  • Betty - Sweet and gentle ~3 yr old dilute tortie girl, who entertained us by sporty a princess hat!
  • Poppy - Spunky and vocal ~2 yr old girl, who told us all about the ride over when she first arrived, but then settled in nicely, enjoying pets.
  • Bali - Pretty ~1.5 yr old brown tabby with white girl, who was a bit shy at the event, but loves cuddling with her foster mom at home.
  • Trixie - Cute and sweet ~10 mo old brown tabby girl, who would have likely preferred playing, but graciously interacted with our guests.

We were visited by a wonderful family from Bolingbrook who previously adopted a Feral Fixers kitten in 2011 and are now looking to add a buddy. They are planning a follow-up visit with Betty and Trixie.

Another couple from Lisle stopped by who had met Jasmine in her foster location prior to the event. While they enjoyed meeting the kitties at the event, Jasmine is still their top choice. The adoption is targeted within the next week.

Several other individuals and families stopped by to meet our kitties. One gal submitted an application for Peony - follow-up is underway.

While foot traffic was a bit light in the store, there was great camaraderie among the volunteers and fosters, and it was a good opportunity for many folks to meet and interact. One of our great kitten and nursing mom fosters, Gillian and her daughter, Nora, stopped by to say hi. Her parents were also there. They are planning to adopt a pair of spring kittens when they become available. We had two new volunteers at the event, Jessie and Steve. This was also the first adoption event for several fosters, including Kate, Sue, Lisa, Carmen and Jeff. Welcome to all!

Overall, adoptions are slowing down a bit as most of our fall kittens have found homes and we won't be posting too many new kitties for awhile, but hopefully now we can focus on our adults. 7 kittens (John Snow, Ding Dong, Tweety Bird, Wonder, Noelle, Periwinkle and Sweetums) and 1 adult (Sterling) were adopted since our last event :-)

Many thanks to the volunteers and fosters who made this event possible, namely Sara, Bonnie, Jessie, Steve, Candy, Julie, Diane, Kate, Jeff, Lisa, Carmen, Sue and Cheri. Special thanks to Diane and Debbie for transporting several cats and kittens to the event.

Many thanks to Julie and Candy for the creative photography and videography during the event. The hats were adorable, Julie! Thanks to Connie and Ted for the great advertising and real time coverage of the event. Thanks to Mike and Debbie for the updates to the Adoptable Cats & Kittens binder and board. Thanks to Sara for the help with the laundry.

Lauren - we missed you and your creative cage cards! We hope you will be feeling better and back soon. Jessie helped us out in the interim creating the cards - thanks, Jessie.

Our next event will likely be in early April. Please stay tuned for the date and location.



Triple your donation with Amazon Smile! Print E-mail
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Written by Ted Semon   
Monday, March 12, 2018

As many of you know, if you make your purchases through their Charitable donation site ( and have Feral Fixers designated as your charity, Feral Fixers gets .5% of the purchase price donated to it. This has been a good source of donations for us, especially around the holidays as people, more and more, are doing a large portion of their Holiday shopping on Amazon.

Beginning on March 12th and running through the end of March, Amazon smile will TRIPLE the amount they donate (1.5% of the purchase price) to people who are making their FIRST purchase through the website.

If you have not tried purchasing anything through the website before, now is a good time to try it out. You'll see that it works exactly the same as the "normal" website. There are some items that are not eligible for purchases on, but you won't see them on the website.

So, if you haven't tried using the Amazon Smile website before, now through the end of March is great time to give it a try. Just make sure that you select Feral Fixers as your designated Charity - thank you!

Declawing cats Print E-mail
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Written by Tammy McAuley   
Tuesday, March 06, 2018

Feral Fixers does not believe cats should be declawed. We realize that there are factors out of pet owners control that bring them to the decision to declaw. It is a difficult topic when health care workers, landlords, etc. mandate declawing and you feel you have no choice. When made aware of these constraints, Feral Fixers recommends that adopters search for cats that have already been declawed and will recommend cats from other rescues if that is the primary concern in adoption. As always, our concern is for the health and happiness of the cats.

For more information about this, you can visit the Alley Cat Allies page on this subject.

A New Year! Print E-mail
From The President
Written by Tammy McAuley   
Friday, January 26, 2018

As I have said many times, I thought we’d be done by now! My first goal was 3,000 cats and when we got to 7,000 I knew that 10,000 was inevitable. I had no idea that we would still be doing TNR more than ten years after Feral Fixers became a reality.

This should be a year of big changes. We may finally be able to canvas neighborhoods, making sure the word is out section by section – of course we need volunteers to help with that. We may finalize getting a building – we’re working very hard on that and will be having more fundraisers that are directed towards those funds – we need more volunteers for that! There are a couple new opportunities for spay/neuter that should manifest in 2018, and as a result there might actually be some competition for our spay/ neuter surgeries – wouldn’t that be something?!? At the very least, more of the public will be getting their own cats neutered, reducing the pressure on Feral Fixers. Big changes!

Frosty Claws

This Frosty Claws was one of the most pleasant, I think. No drama, so many familiar faces, so many people stayed for the whole event, socializing and sharing. Lots of interest in our plans for a building. The Silent Auction and Door Prizes and Stick Raffle were a huge hit, I heard people say so many times how they got the prize they had their heart set on! Can’t tell you how gratifying it is to work so hard on this one day event and have it appreciated! We usually hold it the day before MLK, which I believe is January 20th in 2019! How’s that for fair warning?


We received disappointing news this week, the building we were hoping for was sold to someone else who was able to make a cash offer – the seller went with the proposal that was simplest and fastest for him, the building has been for sale for a long time. So we’re back on the hunt for the right location for Feral Fixers. Luckily, we were able to cement some of our goals and bring life to our ideas once we had the possibility of a structure. We know more about what we are looking for. 3,000 square feet, free standing, sufficient parking, Lombard, Villa Park area. We currently have our “Fund Our Ferals Future” Fundraiser going on until March 14th and donors have pledged to match $11,500 in donations! This is the largest goal we’ve ever set for a Feral Fixers fundraiser so far – please help us get there! Spread our information to friends and family, $10 can make a huge difference, especially when it comes to matching funds. We’ll be doing more Five Below and restaurant fundraisers that will support our “Future” Fund – stay posted!

Kittens, Kittens, Kittens

We seem to have seen the numbers of kittens decline in the area – not just for Feral Fixers but the area rescues seem to see that as well. At the same time, the number of adoptive homes may be declining. All adoption organizations are seeing an increase in the number of returned cats due to housing changes, whether that is to an apartment that does not allow pets, into a shared home situation that already has too many animals or allergies of new cohabitants. This reduces the number of homes available to adopt the cats and kittens we all have on hand. It will be interesting to see what transpires in 2018. All we can hope is that we get out there March to May and spay a record number of females in order to keep the number of kittens produced on the decline. We say it a lot but please talk about Feral Fixers and about early spay/neuter – before the kittens show up!!! When we see you at the Kitten Shower on April 22nd, we hope to report a large number of spay/neuters already done for the year!!!

DuPage Human Race

Unlike our recent 10K1K10Yr event, which was held at the VFW with lots of socializing, sitting and food, this really IS an athletic event!

So far we have one participant signed up to represent Feral Fixers in the Human Race – our goal is at least five participants and to raise at least $500 for Feral Fixers. The Human Race is a community event that benefits over 70 non-profit organizations in DuPage County. Run 5k, walk 2k, collect pledges for Feral Fixers. See our event page for more details and visit the Humane Race website. Registration fees will go up on a monthly basis until the day of the race, Saturday, April 28th. The location is The Esplanade at Locust Point, 1901 W Butterfield Road in Downers Grove. Be one of the first 1,700 entrants to get your t-shirt. Feral Fixers can win additional monetary prizes based on largest amount of pledges earned, etc. This will be the first time Feral Fixers is participating – please make it successful! The event looks like a lot of fun and Feral Fixers will be there to cheer you on! Sign up, designate Feral Fixers as your charity and enlist your fellow athletes to help the cats of DuPage County!

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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