October 6th Adoption Event Print E-mail
The Feral Blog
Written by Sue Lee   
Wednesday, October 10, 2018

To broaden our reach of potential adopters and shorten the commute for our foster homes in the north, we held our adoption event on Saturday, 10/6, at the Pet Supplies Plus in Villa Park. It is a large store with a good amount of foot traffic, particularly customers bringing their dogs to the doggy wash. We had a good sized space along the front windows and arranged our crates in a U configuration, which worked well. Thanks to Pet Supplies Plus for hosting our event!


23 kittens (Alejandro, Alonzo, Baxter, Breezy, Bruce, Carlton, Rickshaw, Richard, Ricky, Rico Suave, Duke, Yori, Neroli, Twister, Garbo, Gilbert, Cassidy, Casino, Circuit, Ampere, Joanie, Johanna, Jolli)) and 1 young adult cat (Topaz) were the stars of our show. Everyone did very well and engaged with our guests, particularly during the first half of the event. By the afternoon, it became nap time. Several guests had their dogs with them and interactions generally went well.


We were visited by 2 pre-approved adopters and a number of other customers, a few of whom were considering adding a new kitty family member. One of the pre-approved adopters was still mourning the passing of their prior cat and was not ready to proceed. The other pre-approved family was looking for a kitten to bond with their son and also minimally disturb their resident 4 yr old female cat. Carlton and Rico Suave were their top choices. Upon completion of a vet visit for their resident cat, they will be going to the foster home to meet these 2 kittens and make a final decision later this week.


Alejandro caught the eye of a grad student living in Villa Park, who came in to buy some food for her 1.5 yr old female cat. She recently lost an older special needs cat, and is considering adding a playmate for her current cat. Follow-up is underway.


Business cards were distributed to a number of other potential adopters, and we are hoping for some follow-up contact.


While adoptions have slowed down in the past couple of weeks, Duckie & Falcon (together) and Mexico were adopted since our last adoption event. Taj also went home with one of our former adopters as a Foster-to-Adopt. He will have Buzz, a little girl kitten from 2017, as a companion.


We also have a successful rehoming story to celebrate. The family of Noodle and Peanut, adopted as kittens in 2016, needs to leave the country to care for an aging parent in their home country. They contacted us to sadly surrender their cats. At about the same time, one of our former fosters, Diane C, referred her friend, who was looking for a pair of bonded young adult cats, to contact Feral Fixers. She did, was approved for adoption, and agreed to meet Noodle and Peanut. The girls were a match and are now getting settled into their new home - yeah!


We are thankful for your referrals and our network of volunteers to help our kitties find good homes!


Many thanks to the volunteers and fosters who participated in this event (Steve, Bonnie, Sara, Lauren, Laurel, Diane, Jennifer, Connie K, Sarah, Catherine, Rita). Set-up was completed in record time thanks to the help of Sara, Steve, Bonnie and Laurel. Steve and Bonnie were also able to stay to help the clean-up go smoothly and efficiently. Thanks to everyone for the camaraderie and welcoming interaction with our guests during the event. Everyone's positive spirit makes it an enjoyable event!


Special thanks for all of the other valuable contributions which made the event a success - to Steve for the great photography during the event; to Connie, Stephanie and Ted for promoting the event on our Facebook page and web site; to Bonnie & Steve for the excellent professional-looking cage cards; to Mike and Debbie for the on-going updates to the Adoptable Cats & Kittens binder and board; to Sara and Lauren for providing the Comfort for Critters blankets; to Sara for helping with adoption counseling; to Steve for coordinating our lunch run; to Sara for helping with the laundry. A special shout-out also to Lauren - we were very happy you could make it to the event!


We have one weekend off, and then 2 more adoption events scheduled in October:

  • Saturday, 10/20, at PetSmart at 63 Rice Lake Square in Wheaton, from 11am-3pm.
  • Saturday, 10/27, at Pet Supplies Plus at 720 E. Ogden Ave. in Naperville, from 11am-3pm.

11/10-11 is the final PetSmart National Adoption Weekend of the year, so we will be at the Wheaton PetSmart one day that weekend.


Details will follow.


Thanks,

Sue

 
September 22nd Adoption Event
Written by Sue Lee   
Wednesday, September 26, 2018

It could not have been a more beautiful day on Saturday, 9/22, for the Two Bostons Adopt-A-Rama in the parking lot of their south Naperville store - sunny, cool and with a gentle breeze. The set-up was a bit different this year than in prior years. Rather than the tents occupying the parking lot, they were set-up along a sidewalk plaza area in the middle of the parking lot. A number of rescues brought their adoptable dogs and a few cats to meet potential adopters, and sold promotional items. Two Bostons also conducted a food drive for all participants.


Since we were showing our kittens in the van, we pulled up next to the sidewalk surrounding the plaza and set up our tent next to it. We seemed to get pretty good foot traffic in this location and many families and stop by to see our delightful kittens.


15 kittens (Moonbeam, Will, Harry, Sirius, Ra, Ophelia, Juliet, York, Onion, Alejandro, Alonzo, Mexico, Memphis, Mel and Meadow) were the stars of our show. Everyone did very well, engaged with our guests and seemed to enjoy the beautiful day as much as we did. I heard from the foster families that everyone slept well that evening!


4 kittens were adopted during the event:

  • Ophelia and William were the pick for a family from Addison. They lost their prior two cats within the last year and were looking for new companions. Their two school aged daughters played with all of the kittens and fell in love with Ophelia. They went off to purchase cat supplies. When they came back, they had decided that Ophelia needed a buddy. She was curled up with William and Harry, so they decided on William. We were very happy the two kittens stayed together.
  • Mel and Meadow won the heart of a former adopter who drove all the way there from Des Plaines. She came to the event appropriately wearing a shirt saying "I love black cats!". She had adopted another black male kitten from us in 2014 and also has a 12 yr old black male cat. Meadow is the one girl in this delightful group. Per current reports she is hanging around with mom and taking her time getting acquainted, while Mel jumped right into the action with the other boys.

5 additional adoptions occurred over the weekend (1 adult & 4 kittens):

  • Mercury was adopted by family in Glendale Heights as a study buddy for their college age daughter. He will also have an older cat-friendly dog as a companion.
  • Ambrosia (2 yr old adult) was adopted by a family in New Lennox. She seemed to especially relate to their 8 yr old son, who was very patient and gentle with her. Per current reports, she is settling in nicely.
  • Kelsey stole the heart of a couple from Peotone. She is their first kitty and getting lots of attention - which she is eating up!
  • Duckie and Falcon were adopted together by an animal-loving family in Crest Hill. They have 2 dogs and a 1 yr old cat. They originally came interested only in Duckie, but later decided that they couldn't leave his sister behind. We were very pleased.

So a good week of adoptions overall!


Thanks to Two Bostons for hosting this event, inviting us to participate, and for the food donation we received.


Many thanks to the volunteers who helped with the set-up and clean-up from the event as well as interacting with our guests, promoting our kitties, and completing the adoptions (Sara, Bernie, Steve, Candy, Joanie). It was an interesting problem trying to figure out how best to set up our van, tent and tables with the space we were given, but I think the result was very effective. Many thanks also to the fosters who brought their kittens to the event (Joanie, Marilyn, Gillian, Marisa).


Special thanks for all of the other valuable contributions which made the event a success - to Candy for the great photography & videography during the event; to Connie, Stephanie and Ted for promoting the event on our Facebook page and web site; to Bonnie & Steve for the excellent new, professional-looking cage cards, now with photos of the kitties!; to Mike and Debbie for the on-going and accurate updates to the Adoptable Cats & Kittens binder and board; to Sara and Bernie for your help with adoption counseling; to Sara for helping with the laundry.


We have one weekend off of adoption events (we are participating in Barkapalooza on Sunday, 9/30), and then 3 adoption events are being scheduled in October:

  • Saturday, 10/6, at Pet Supplies Plus at 198 North Ave. in Villa Park, from 11am-3pm.
  • Saturday, 10/20, at PetSmart at 63 Rice Lake Square in Wheaton, from 11am-3pm.
  • Saturday, 10/27, likely at Pet Supplies Plus at 720 E. Ogden Ave. in Naperville, from 11am-3pm - still need to confirm.
  • 11/10-11 is the final PetSmart National Adoption Weekend of the year, so we will be at the Wheaton PetSmart one day that weekend.

Please mark your calendars. Details to follow.


Thanks,

Sue

 
September 15th Adoption Event Print E-mail
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Written by Sue Lee   
Thursday, September 20, 2018

It was a fun and busy adoption event at the Wheaton PetSmart on Saturday, 9/15 - the 3rd of 4 PetSmart National Adoption Weekends in 2018. The last PetSmart National Adoption Weekend will be Nov 10-11.


30 kittens (Bruce, Baxter, Breezy, Edie, Waves, Wazoo, Ampere, Cassidy, Casino, Twister, Twiggy, Twinkle, Neroli, Garbo, Gilbert, Sirius, Ra, Will, Harry, Juliet, Ophelia, Kelsey, Mercury, Memphis, Mesquite, Mel, Mexico, Moonbeam, Gigabit, Joule) and 1 adult cat (Mickey) were the stars of our show. The cages were arranged in a U-shared table formation which seemed to work very well. All kitties were visible from the center of the U.


5 kitten adoptions were finalized during the event:

  • Twiggy stole the heart of a gal from Lisle who had recently lost her long-time calico companion. Apparently her calico was a talker, as is Twiggy. She purchased new cat supplies for Twiggy and took her home. Per current updates, she is a love!
  • Twinkle was a match for a pre-approved family from Bartlett with a young son and lab mix puppy. Twinkle played well with the little boy and did not seem bothered by the dog. Current updates indicate she is settling in well.
  • Gigabit and Joule were the choice of a young pre-approved couple in Naperville. They are their first fur children. They completed the adoption paperwork at the event and picked up the kittens from their foster home on Sunday. While they were a little shy initially in their new home, current updates indicate that the kittens are adjusting well.
  • Mesquite won the heart of a young pre-approved couple from Lombard. He will be their first fur baby as a married couple, and will share his home with an adult female cat. He is a cuddle bug and the resident cat is adjusting.

3 additional adoptions were completed since the event:

  • Mickey, our only adult cat at the event, was adopted by a man in Aurora. He lost his prior cat and has been looking around for awhile. He met Mickey at the event and then went to the foster's home for a follow-up visit on Sunday. He decided she was the one and took her home that day. I understand she is doing well with him.
  • Apollo and Artemis were/are being adopted by their foster family. They had decided on Apollo prior to the event, and added Artemis to that decision the morning of the event. I guess the thought of her going to another family was the turning point! The kittens are integrated with multiple cats & dogs and doing very well.

In addition to these adoptions, we were also visited by a number of other guests and potential adopters. Everyone enjoyed meeting and interacting with our delightful kittens. The young black boys (Mercury, Memphis, Mesquite, Mel, Mexico) in particular drew lots of attention. Follow-up is underway.


On-line adoption inquiries have been flowing in at a pretty good rate since the event, which will hopefully result in some adoptions later this week or next weekend.


Thanks to PetSmart for hosting this event and for the generous food donation we received.


Many thanks to the volunteers who helped with the set-up and clean-up from the event as well as interacting with our guests (Sara, Bonnie, Steve, Bernie, Candy). It was a big effort with the large number of kittens we had at the event, but everything went very smoothly. We are a well-oiled machine!


Many thanks also to all of the fosters who brought their kittens and cat to the event and helped to promote them with potential adopters (Bonnie, Candy, Cheri, Diane, Jen, Joanie, Marjorie, Marilyn, Laura/Rick).


Special thanks for all of the other valuable contributions which made the event a success - to Candy for the great photography & videography during the event; to Connie, Stephanie and Ted for promoting the event on our Facebook page and web site; to Bonnie & Steve for the excellent new, professional-looking cage cards; to Mike and Debbie for the on-going and accurate updates to the Adoptable Cats & Kittens binder and board; to Sara and Bernie for your help with adoption counseling; to Sara for coordinating lunch and helping with the laundry.


It was another great team effort!!


We have one more adoption event scheduled in September:

  • Saturday, 9/22 - Two Bostons Adopt-A-Rama at Two Bostons located at 2523 W 75th St in Naperville from 12noon to 3pm. Hopefully the weather will be good, as it is an outdoor event.

There will likely be 2 adoption events in October. Venues are being finalized and details will be sent shortly.


Thanks,

Sue

 
Wine & Whiskers Deadline! Print E-mail
From The President
Written by Tammy McAuley   
Sunday, September 30, 2018

We’ve been so busy, we needed to promote our Wine & Whiskers event coming up on October 16th, there is still just a short time to register – we set our deadline as 10/1 to make sure we reached our minimum number of attendees. Our goal is at least 30, right now we have 15 people signed up, which meets the event criteria but we want to share this great event with more people! We have until 10/8 to submit our final, final count, don’t wait until the last minute! Enjoy good company, great wine!


Donation Collection Day


Advanced warning! The P.A.W.S. Club of Wheaton North High School will be doing a donation drive on Friday, October 5th at the Caputo’s located at North Avenue & Schmale Road in Carol Stream. Shop and drop donations off with the students, what could be easier? Cat food, paper towels, clay cat litter, Gerber Ham baby food, He fragrance-free laundry detergent are our greatest needs right now. We appreciate the kids putting forth this effort, please stop and thank them for us, too!


What Will The Next Two Months Bring?


This time last year we had done 673 cats for the year, so far in 2018 we have neutered 480. This reduction is due in part to fewer volunteers able to coordinate trapping but hopefully also due to reduced numbers of cats out there to be trapped. Only time will tell. Our goal is to neuter every cat we can in order to reduce overpopulation and euthanasia and to benefit as many cats and people as we can. The next two months are typically high numbers, we will see.



Our trip on 9/27 included two cats that had shown up in a colony, very friendly – they were already neutered and had no microchips. Another neutered cat that same day has been trying to live in a caretaker’s garage, we’re hoping he comes fully inside for the winter. Our 9/13 trip included a cat that was chipped but not neutered. That rescue has since stopped adopting unneutered cats out as adopters were not complying with getting the cats neutered, as per their contract. We finished up August with 26 more cats, 13 friendlies, 13 ferals, brining our total for the month to 110. In September we transported 21 more friendlies and 41 more ferals, 3 of which were already spay/neutered, bringing our September total to 59 and our yearly total to 480 and our total neutered since 2007 is at 10,797. Can you imagine the possibility of 11,000 cats neutered by the end of the year?

 
By the time I could finish this letter... Print E-mail
From The President
Written by Tammy McAuley   
Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Since we updated our info just a few days ago, we have had another s/n day. On Thursday, 8/9, we sent 10 friendlies to ADOPT, 5 males, 5 females – thank you to Charli and Dedra for transporting! We also sent 5 cats to DCAS – 1 feral, 4 friendlies, of which 4 were males and 1 was a female – thank you Debbie for transporting! This brings us to 15 on Thursday, 48 for August, 359 for the year and 10,676 since 2007. Many thanks to the fosters who trek to my house at 7:15AM and then come back that same evening to get their kitties!


Building Update


I am constantly being asked what is going on with our building. Because Feral Fixers does not fit into any predetermined cat – egory, it has been a challenge. We finally found a building in Lombard that we could make work only to find out that, after being told for over a year that we would be welcomed into Zone 2 or Zone 5, we’re not a fit. Now we are told that we can take up residence in the Industrial Area, unfortunately there are no buildings for sale in that area. This sends us back to the drawing board, and the hunt continues. Stay tuned.


So Many Events, So Little Time!


There are a dizzying number of events in the next two months! Please consult our Events page for more details.

  • 8/11 Adoption Event at Pet Supplies Plus in Naperville – so many kittens! Update: Seven went home!
  • 8/12–18 Five Below – shop for those last-minute, back-to-school needs or cat-themed stuff, or maybe both!
  • 8/14 Portillo’s fundraiser – show your flyer at the register OR the first person you see at the drive-thru – help us make our goal!
  • 8/18 Clear the Shelters! In partnership with DuPage County Animal Services, we will have kittens for adoption in their new mobile unit – they can be seen from the outside, space is small so only pre-approved or adopters who have filled out an application will be admitted.
  • 8/25 Pints for Paws We’ve been invited to participate in an event at Crosstown Bar and Grill – we’ll have a couple of kittens there and lots of information about all of our adoptables!
  • 9/15 Get Needled for Feral Fixers! – an acupuncture fundraiser – do we have unique events or WHAT!
  • 9/22 Two Bostons Adopt-A-Rama – come out and see some of our adoptable kitties!
  • 9/30 Join us at West Suburban Humane Society’s Barkapalooza – always a great time!
  • 10/16 Wine & Whiskers fundraiser at Lynfred Winery in Roselle – Social event of the year!

There may be even more events popping up, so stay tuned!


Too Few Volunteers Having an Impact


This year has definitely been one of change. You may have noticed that our numbers are down. This time last year we had neutered 514 cats and our total right now is 359. We lost a volunteer who put in 60 hours a week and impacted many facets of the process, additional volunteers who had grown into their jobs and therefore needed two to three people to replace them, and so on. We used to be able to respond same day to a crisis – bottle babies, injured cats, etc, that is not always possible now. We were overwhelmed before, just don’t know the word for what we are now. It is not easy to volunteer for us, we’re not like any other rescue, we get volunteer applications but our requirements result in very few people actually volunteering with us. We’re not horrible people but what we do is time-consuming and is not a simple, two hours on Tuesday kind of thing (a building would help with that). Trapping, for instance, requires someone who can schedule their own time, work with difficult people and improvise on the fly, yet follow what we have determined to be the best way to do TNR. When we say, tell us what you can do and we’ll find a use for you, we mean it, not everyone can do every facet of the process. Keep us in mind when you have breaks in your schedule or when you retire, if we can use you it will be a huge gift to Feral Fixers. But don’t be upset if it just isn’t the right time or task availability, that happens.


As If They Were Our Own


In addition to the basic s/n package of surgery, vaccines, flea treatment, microchip, we also provide additional services to the feral and stray cat population. We’ve done many dentals on 8yr old ferals, wound care, upper respiratory, you name it! There are many cats that would not have survived but for our intervention. Here are some stories from May of this year.


Chip, After arrival in his new home
One of our recent stories involved a cat we named Chip. A 2yr old Ragdoll mix, we learned a lot about him thru his chip. He started out in Alaska, was adopted out thru a shelter there and had an eye defect at that time. His people moved to Wisconsin and after a time, adopted a puppy and Chip was then put outside - abandoned. Our volunteer took him in, knew he had issues. His eye was re-checked, found to be stable. He tested negative for FELV/FIV but had severe stomatitis. 14 teeth were extracted, all of those behind the canines, lower and upper, both sides. Chip felt so much better after the procedure! He has gone on to be adopted, his adopters went on with another dental as the inflammation with the other teeth got worse, and the rest of his teeth were removed by their vet. Our cost for Chip was $1,200. He should go on to have a great life now, despite the rocky start. So many thanks to the adopters for their great care!


May was definitely a month for dentals. One of our adopted cats, Alamo, spent a very long time in foster before being adopted to a wonderful couple. Although he had a dental before adoption, he also needed an extensive return visit, which we helped with at a cost of $600. He is doing so very well now!!!


Corn is an FIV+ cat that had labwork and a dental at a cost to Feral Fixers of $250. Many thanks to his adopters who are taking great care of him and did not let his FIV status deter them from bringing him home!


In addition to these stories there were snap tests for cats that decided to come inside, vaccinations, Convenia shots, fluids given, medications that could only be obtained from our vet. Our total for just May was $2,379. The numbers add up and while we do as much as we can ourselves and think more about the cat’s quality of life versus our own feelings, medical care for the cats that we support can amount to $36,000 a year.


With the “As If They Were Our Own” fundraiser, we would ask that you donate to help us continue to care for those cats that have no other support in place, have encountered health challenges thru no fault of their own, and have caretakers who are struggling to keep them well-fed and do not have that extra $100 it would cost them at their vet for a shot of antibiotic.


This is another Giving Grid fundraiser and will run from August 15th to October 15th to give our donors plenty of time to donate. We have already received pledges of donations to be matched in the amount of $3,400! Click on the link and follow the prompts, share a picture or a note and help us continue to help the stray and feral cats by matching the funds! If the funds are matched, that would bring the total to $6,800 and equal to more than two average months of vet costs! That would be awesome!


Please donate - thank you!

 
Jackson Galaxy Approved Print E-mail
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Thursday, November 02, 2017

Feral Fixers is "Jackson Galaxy Approved!"


 

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