June 17th Adoption Event Print E-mail
The Feral Blog
Written by Sue Lee   
Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Hi all,


Sorry for the delay in sending these notes. It has been a very busy time of adoption inquiries since we posted our first round of young kittens. Happily we seem to lining up several good adoptions.


We had an awesome group of cats & kittens at our adoption event on Saturday, 6/17, at the PetSmart in Wheaton - 26 to be exact. This was our first showing of young kittens, born in 2017. We had 17 kittens ranging in age from 9-12 weeks (Ace, King, Queen, Jack, Viggo, Vernon, Virgil, Violet, Aeon, Lacy, Lani, Lars, Bear, Princess, Bruce, William and Lenny). Except for a few occasional naps, all were happy to engage in play and receive cuddles from our visitors. We also had 9 wonderful older kittens and young adult cats at the event (Tango, Bali, Watson, Luna, Tony, Mojo, Tony II, Paige and Bethany). They all did very well also, although experience has made them a bit wary of these events, and they were a bit more reserved ;-)


Many people stopped by to meet and interact with our kittens and cats. Four folks completed adoption applications, which resulted in 2 near term adoptions and 2 possible future adoptions.

  • Lenny won the heart of a young gal in Wheaton. She and her boyfriend came to meet him again on Tuesday and completed the adoption. He is now in his new home.
  • Bruce was adopted by a young gal from Lisle. At the event she had her eye on Bear and Princess, but during a follow-up visit at the foster home, she and the kittens' foster mom agreed that Bruce was a better match for her current 9 mo old female kitten. Bruce will be transitioning to his new home next week when his adopter returns from vacation.
  • An application was received from a young gal in Downers Grove for Violet. This adoption is pending medical follow-up on the adopter's current kitten.
  • Another application was submitted by a young couple from Aurora, who will be looking to adopt later in the summer when they move to their new apartment.

There have also been a few adoptions since the event.

  • Silky was adopted by a young cat-loving couple from Bensenville. She will have 2 other cats to keep her company. Thanks to Laura for taking her to her new home.
  • Jack was adopted on Monday by a great couple from Chicago. He will have a 13 yr old male cat to be his buddy/role model :-)
  • Lacy & Lani were adopted by a terrific young gal from Lake Bluff. She will be taking them home next week after she gets everything ready in her home.

Visits are also scheduled for Viggo, Virgil and King, and applications have been approved for Lars and Ace or Queen, so keep your fingers crossed for some more upcoming adoptions.


Many thanks to the volunteers and fosters for helping to make this event a success. Thanks to Sara, Laurel and Lauren for helping with the set-up - very efficient, as always. Thanks to Lauren, Candy, Debbie and Jill for your help during the event as well as with the clean-up. Thanks to Debbie for transporting several cats & kittens to/from the event.


Special thanks to the fosters who do lots of work everyday to prepare the cats & kittens for adoption and also for bringing your cats & kittens to the event and staying as much as you could to promote them - for this event specifically, Jillian, Christina, Diane, Sandy, Bonnie, Debbie, Marilyn, Amy, Erika and Catherine.


Thanks also to our "marketing" folks who help promote our cats & kittens. Candy & Julie - great job on the photography & videography during the event. Connie & Ted - excellent promotion on Facebook & our web site. Mike & Debbie - thanks for the updates to the Adoptable Cats & Kittens binder & board. Lauren - great cage cards, as always.


We were fortunate to receive a sizable donation from one of our key supporters during the event. Tammy put this to good use by purchasing food & litter for our fosters. In addition, PetSmart provided some food donations and Dawn, our favorite Blue Buffalo representative, used her monthly corporate allocation for pet food to buy food for us. Thanks to all!


We have 4 events coming up in the next month. Please mark your calendars and hope you can join us.

  • Wednesday, 6/28, 9am-12noon - Informational table at the Tivoli Theater in Downers Grove (5021 Highland Ave). They will be showing "The Secret Life of Pets" as part of their Wednesday Morning $1 summer movie series focused on children.
  • Saturday, 7/1, 11am-3pm - Adoption event at PetSmart at 63 Rice Lake Square in Wheaton.
  • Saturday, 7/15, 9am-1pm - Informational table and adoption information at the annual Shred for Rescues event at Citadel Information Management in Westmont (827 Blackhawk Dr).
  • Saturday, 7/22, 11am-3pm - Adoption event at Pet Supplies Plus at 720 E. Ogden Ave in Naperville.

Thanks,

Sue

 
Five more on the fourteenth Print E-mail
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Written by Tammy McAuley   
Friday, June 16, 2017

With so many kittens on hand we had to do extra trips this week for spay/neuter. Today we sent 5 friendlies to ADOPT's spay/neuter clinic, Charli did the AM trip and Dedra picked up. There were 4 males and 1 female.


This trip brings us to 19 for the month of June, 268 for the year and 9,713 since we began in 2007.


More tomorrow!

 
Six more on the twelfth... Print E-mail
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Written by Tammy McAuley   
Thursday, June 15, 2017

The kittens on hand are getting old enough for neutering! Taking a week off results in having to catch up! On June 12th we sent 6 friendlies to ADOPT. Charli transported in the AM and Debbie picked up in the PM. There were four males and 2 females. This brings us to 6 for this trip, 14 for June, 263 for the year and 9,708 since we began in 2007.


Our potential adopters will be very happy that we will have kittens at the upcoming adoption event this Saturday!


We have two more spay/neuter trips scheduled yet this week. Things are starting to pick up!

 
Come Party With Us! Print E-mail
From The President
Written by Tammy McAuley   
Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Our next event is the “Help Our Meowers” Kitten Shower on April 30th at the Villa Park VFW from 12noon to 4PM. We will have great food, door prizes, silent auction items and our Boutique. We will have some of our excellent fosters on hand to answer questions you may have about fostering or more about our organization as a whole. The donation is $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Please feel free to bring Kitten Shower gifts too – we always need supplies! Kitten Chow, Tidy Cat clay litter, Friskies poultry flavors, are items we go thru rapidly! If you would like to donate prizes to the event in advance, please contact Tammy at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


On October 15th (day before National Feral Cat Day), we will be celebrating our 10,000th cat neutered and our 1,000th cat adoption at an event, also at the Villa Park VFW from 2PM to 5PM - Feral Fixers’ 10K 1K Celebration! Amazing how far we’ve come in such a short time!!!


How Do We Measure Success?


In addition to working hard to get every last intact cat from each colony, and knowing we have done so, we also use the statistics from DuPage County Animal Care and Control. Here are some numbers:




This is the FOURTH year that no adoptable cats have been euthanized for cage space and the first year that no treatable cats have been euthanized! That total intake from all sources has gone down and that cats deemed feral have gone down 89% is phenomenal. One source of cats that have been euthanized in the past have been kittens too young/too sick to survive and those are simply not coming to DPACC at the previous rate either. We are so glad of the hard work that DPACC is doing in changing the outcomes of these cats!


What Have We Been Doing?


We have been neutering cats on a limited basis. With fewer volunteers and fewer s/n slots available to us, we have still managed to neuter 154 cats since January 1st! Made possible by the transport help of Debbie, Charli, Dedra, Judy, Laura, here’s the breakdown:




Impressive what can be done in 3 months time, isn’t it? These cats were kittens left over from the end of 2016, cats that had one left to be TNR’d in a colony, intact females that we knew were going to have kittens at the first opportunity, etc., etc. These numbers bring us to 154 for the year and 9,599 since we began in 2007.


We Won!


Many thanks to Heritage Cadillac of Lombard – we were the winners of their March 2017 $500 “Gift of Charity” contest!


Meowathon


By the time you read this, Kim Marrazzo will be nearly ready to or have already run the Paris Marathon. So many wonderful people have donated to Feral Fixers to show their support! We hope it makes a big difference for Kim! It is so kind of her to run in our name!


It's not too late to donate - we are promised matching funds up to the first $1,000 raised! To donate, click on the "Paris Meow-athon" graphic in the upper, left-hand corner of this web page - thank you!


GiveBack Market


Our online garage sale is open and slowly raising funds. Please visit our sale and shop for finds from the comfort of your computer! Purchases are easy to make and easy to arrange pickup/delivery. Treasure is in the eye of the beholder, clear out your former treasures to benefit Feral Fixers and post items on GiveBack yourself! Click on “sell something”, select Feral Fixers and you are on your way to an easy way to donate!!

 
It's Kitten Season! Print E-mail
Audios / Visuals of the Week
Written by Administrator   
Monday, May 08, 2017

This is why you should be voting (you can vote every hour!) for Feral Fixers! You can vote by clicking on the link at the top of the home page. All of cats say "Meow!" and "Thank you!"


 

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