7/15 Shred4Rescues Event recap Print E-mail
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Written by Sue Lee   
Tuesday, July 18, 2017

It was a beautiful sunny day on Saturday, 7/15, for the Shred 4 Rescues event at Citadel Information Management in Westmont. Many thanks to the folks at Citadel for inviting Feral Fixers to this event - our fourth annual event.


Five other animal rescues participated in this event - West Suburban Humane Society, Hinsdale Humane Society, Arooo Basset Hound Rescue, St. Sophia's Forgotten Felines & Magnificant Mutts & Meows. All featured several adorable, adoptable dogs, puppies, cats & kittens. Some local animal related businesses also participated including Pitty Que Award Winning Barbecue Sauce (who donates a portion of their sales to animal rescues) and West Suburban Veterinary Associates. In addition, there were kids games, face painting and free refreshments. It was a festive environment with many wonderful animal lovers.


The Feral Fixers tent featured our board and binder of adoptable cats & kittens, lots of informational literature, catnip toys & kickers for sale and Fiona, our animatronic cat mascot, who greeted all of our guests, sporting her Little Lion hat knitted by Debbie. We also had two wonderful kittens in attendance - Snickers & Twix, who are being fostered by Diane. They handled the event very well and enjoyed the attention and cuddling of our guests.


There was a good amount of foot traffic, we handed out many cards and information, sold some cat toys, and got some leads on potential adopters interested in a few of our cats & kittens. It was a successful day!


Many thanks to Bernie, Lauren, Debbie, Diane and Julie for staffing the tent and helping with the set-up and clean-up. Bernie - you are a pro with the tent! Thanks to Diane for bringing her wonderful babies to the event. Many thanks to Julie for handling the photography & videography for the event.


Special thanks to Catherine and her team for printing and delivering the Feral Fixers flyers that were included in the bags given to all folks who brought items for shredding to the event. Thanks to Debbie and Mike for updating the Adoptable Cats & Kittens board & binder, which were a focal point at this event. Thanks, as always, to Connie & Ted for the excellent publicity for the event.


Reminder - Next Saturday, 7/22, we will have an adoption event at Pet Supplies Plus at 720 E. Ogden Ave. in Naperville from 11am-3pm.


Thanks,

Sue

 
July 1st Adoption Event Print E-mail
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Written by Sue Lee   
Thursday, July 06, 2017

It was a nice summer day and another successful adoption event on Saturday, 7/1, at the PetSmart in Wheaton.


7 kittens (Palma, Polo, Poo-Bah, Vernon, Violet, Aeon, Brian) and 6 adult cats (Mojo, Watson, Tony II, Wendy, Poloma, Kitty) were the stars of our show. Everyone did very well.


3 adoptions occurred during the event to pre-approved adopters - all with "P" names - it must have been a trend! We also handed out cards and information to several other visitors.

  • Palma & Polo were adopted by a nice couple from Marengo. They will be their first fur children. They are going on vacation until 7/19, so the kittens will go home after that.
  • Poloma was adopted by a great family in Lombard as a companion for their daughter. They also have a very well-behaved 8 yr old Yorkie, who will likely allow Poloma to rule the house ;-)
  • The last couple of weeks have been very busy with adoptions of the kittens and cats we had at the 6/17 adoption event. 14 kittens (Ace, King, Queen, Jack, Lenny, Bruce, William, Bear, Princess, Viggo, Virgil, Lacy, Lani, Lars) and 2 adults (Luna, Silky) transitioned to their new homes since the last event. Lots to celebrate :-)

Many thanks to the volunteers (Sara, Bernie, Candy, Debbie, Lauren) and foster moms (Mary, Jillian, Diane, Cheri, Debbie, Marilyn, Catherine, Haley) who made this event a success! Thanks also for the great behind-the-scenes publicity support by Connie and Ted.


Our next adoption event is Saturday, 7/22, at the Pet Supplies Plus at 720 E. Ogden Ave. in Naperville, 11am-3pm. Next Saturday, 7/15, we will be at Citadel Information Management (827 Blackhawk Dr, Westmont) from 9am-1pm, for their annual Shred for Rescues event. We will have an informational table with our book and board of adoptable cats & kittens, and possibly a very social cat or kittens who can handle the outdoor event. Hope to see you there!


Thanks much to all,

Sue

 
New kitten resources Print E-mail
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Written by Ted Semon   
Saturday, July 01, 2017

We've added three new resources to the Kitten Care sub-menu:

I joke, of course, about poop being everyone's favorite topic, but if you've ever had pets (of any kind), you know how important it is to keep an eye on their poop. It's a window into the health of the animal and if it's not its normal color and consistency, then action may be needed. Your pet can't really talk to you, so it's important to be observant and your pet's poop can provide important clues as to how they're feeling.

 
Just Because You Don’t Hear From Us… Print E-mail
From The President
Written by Tammy McAuley   
Sunday, July 16, 2017

Don’t ever think because you don’t hear what we are doing that we are doing nothing. Between 6/29/17 and 7/13/17 we made 8 trips to 4 different spay/neuter clinics, multiple times in a day or week. We neutered a total of 94 cats in that time, 46 ferals, 48 friendlies, 40 males, 54 females. We ended June with a total for the month of 95 and so far in July we have neutered 69. This brings us to 413 for the year and 9,858 since our beginning. I’ve created a table to show our work – we don’t usually track kittens in this information but thought since the KrazyForKittens Fundraiser is going on now, you should see what those funds would go for – in just two weeks’ time we neutered 45 kittens! Most of these will be adopted thru us, 3 went to Naperville Area Humane Society and the total does not reflect the 4 or so adoptable adults that were neutered and we have up for adoption from this two week time period. Staggering, isn’t it?



We’re trying to do better about telling caretakers no. Its very hard but we’re trying to stick to just DuPage County. But would you be able to say no to a location that was reported to have 20 ferals and 20 kittens? So far that location has netted over 30 ferals and I’ve lost count of the kittens – around 30, I think, and its not done. Yes, it was in Cook County but the TNR group was not going to be able to get there and we had their blessing. 19 females so far and that does not count the kittens we haven’t neutered yet.


Many thanks to Charli, Dedra, Debbie, Laura, Ted, Linda & Mark for transporting!


We’re Always Asking For Donations


Yes, we can only continue to do this work if we have sufficient funds. We have some wonderful, generous people who support us but if we don’t ask, we don’t get. Knowing how much this year’s crop of kittens was going to cost us, two donors have pledged funds to be matched for $2,000 with a goal of a total of $4,000. As you can see from the preceding information, that is roughly two weeks of kitten surgeries when we’re at high volume like now. The fundraiser just started and will go until August 15th and yep, there’ll be a fundraiser after that. And as sure as night follows day, there will be more cats and kittens that need your help. Kittens started later this year, we’re hoping that gets delayed more and more each year but we certainly can’t give up now. Thank you all for your support and please pass on the word about the KrazyForKittens Fundraiser. $10 from 10 people is $100 and can make a big difference. Please also explore any employer matching funds you might have access to – “free” money! Make a donation and post pictures of your cats and have fun with this fundraiser!


As If They Were Our Own Fundraiser Results


We met our goal! Wanted to let you know how some of the cats are doing that benefited from the As If They Were Our Own Fundraiser. Brodie is still with me, has had several bandage changes and hopefully by the next change the largest part of his wound will be closed and he can go without a bandage. Very loving, he reaches out and hugs and climbs onto you to be held. Tolerant, he accepts his cone without protest. What a guy!


Gibbs & Tony are in foster and up for adoption, had a couple of inquiries but the right home has not materialized. Maynard is back home, still a little unsteady on his feet and still requiring treatment for his ear but is really enjoying his life! Brodie, Gibbs and Maynard all would have faced euthanasia if there were no funds to treat them with. Thank you all so much!!!


Our Future


We have a Funds For Our Future account. It is growing steadily but the need for a location is growing more rapidly. We’ve looked at different locations and are exploring some options but darn if what seems to be the right fit doesn’t end up being property with an asking price of over $500,000. Right now we have under $40,000 so you can see the problem. We need to get out of garages and basements, have a real location that volunteers would feel comfortable at, with plenty of parking. There have been $200,000 locations that had parts of what we want but the whole package seems to be wrapped in $500,000+. Think of adoption rooms, rooms to shelter the incoming friendlies before adoption, very quiet space for moms & babies, holding area pre- and post- TNR and maybe, just maybe, our own surgical suite so we don’t have to travel all over to get our surgeries done. And, perhaps a vet could come to us instead of our trekking to them. So many possibilities come back to that same old answer – money. Keep us in mind if someone asks where they should make their charitable donations, who they should name as beneficiary as they plan their own futures, set up automatic monthly donations – we need a stable income to move forward. Feral Fixers is in this for the long haul and it would help so much to do that from our own building!


10K1K 10 Year Celebration!


Everyone thinks we’re asking them to participate in a marathon. Nope, we’re asking them to celebrate the marathon we’ve been in for the past 10 years, by the time of our 10th anniversary we will have neutered over 10,000 cats, adopted out over 1,000 cats! We will have more information closer to October 15th, but please put it on your calendars now. There will be food and lots of cat people. We will have a limited Silent Auction – everyone loves those so much – if you have contacts for a hotel, restaurant, event package, please let us know. Everyone enjoys low-key, stress-free events and that’s what we hope to provide. Come join us and CELEBRATE!

 
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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