September 16th Adoption Event Print E-mail
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Written by Sue Lee   
Wednesday, September 20, 2017

It was PetSmart's National Adoption Weekend last weekend, and our adoption event on Saturday, 9/16, at the PetSmart at 63 Rice Lake Square in Wheaton was quite a success!

21 kittens (Anemone, Angela, Becky, Bernadette, Belinda, Benito, Finley, Rumaki, Ruana, Ruthie, Vernon, Aeon, Plexi, Plink, Opal, Tipper, Tugger, Larissa, Lando, Poo-Bah, Baby Ruth) and our adult ambassador of good will (BeeJay) were in attendance. Everyone did a great job of showing our guests their sweet personalities!

  • 3 kittens were adopted from the event - Opal, Tipper & Tugger went home with a wonderful pre-approved couple from Westmont who recently lost their second of 2 cats. They came early to the event and even helped us set up!
  • 4 other applications were received, which are likely to result in 4-5 additional adoptions.
  • Finley stole the heart of a great gal from IN, who was in the area visiting her mom. She has a 1 yr old male Siberian cat who will be Finley's buddy. Her application was approved and she is scheduled to pick Finley up on Friday. Her mom recently visited the cats in our mini-shelter as well, but ultimately adopted a Maine Coon kitty from ADOPT.
  • Ruana is the favorite of a nice family from Glen Ellyn. Their application was approved and pick-up is scheduled for Friday as well. They have a 2 yr old male cat who will be Ruana's playmate. I'm sure Ruana will also be receiving lots of attention from their two teenage daughters, who were very good with her.
  • Larissa and Lando are the current top picks of a great family from Naperville, who recently lost their second of two cats. They are looking for a bonded pair and may consider other possibilities as well. Their application was just approved, so follow-up visits are being scheduled.

Another application was also received which is under review. Many other visitors stopped by as well and cards/information were distributed.

Adoptions have been high during July and August relative to prior years. I am happy to report that we will have exceeded 1100 adoptions by the time of our 10K/1K celebration in October - in fact we just exceeded it this week!

15 kittens and cats were adopted from their foster home since our last adoption event (Pop, Boom, Woof, Babushka, Cicero, Petar, Tinker, Nilla, Ruba, Ruben, Nina, Bette, Orson, Otis, Meow).

PetSmart also graciously gave us a large food donation and an extraordinarily generous donor gave us a large monetary donation during the event. We greatly appreciate it! It will helps us feed and care for the many, many kittens we have.

Many thanks to the volunteers and fosters who made the event a success (Sara, Candy, Lauren, Debbie, Jill, Diane, Marjorie, Connie, Sarah, Jillian, Karen, Mary, Kaitlyn)! PetSmart appreciates that we bring in plenty of volunteers to set up and clean up on our own, appropriately monitor our cats & kittens, and interact with our guests. I believe they also appreciate all of the positive energy everyone brings to the event - thank you!

Thanks also for all of the "behind the scenes" activities - Candy - excellent photography & videography! Connie & Ted - great marketing and real time coverage on Facebook and our web site! Debbie & Mike - current updates to our Adoptable Cats & Kittens board & binder! Lauren - cute & creative cage cards! Sara - thanks much for your help with adoption counseling and data entry into PetSmart's iPad. Debbie - thanks much for your help transporting cats and handling all of the laundry.

Once again - another great team effort!!!

No adoption events next weekend, although we will be at Barkapolooza on Sunday, 9/24, at the Lisle Community Park located at 1825 Short St. in Lisle, event starting at 10am. Then there will be two action packed adoption weekends in a row:

  • Saturday, 9/30 - Adoption event at Two Bostons at 2523 W 75th St in Naperville, from 12pm to 3pm.
  • Saturday, 10/7 - Adoption event at Pet Supplies Plus at 198 W North Ave in Villa Park, from 11am to 3pm - Pet Supplies Plus National Adoption Weekend.
  • Sunday, 10/8 - Adoption event at Congregation Etz Chaim Jewish Synagogue at 1710 S. Highland Ave. in Lombard, from 11am-2pm. We will be one of several charities they will be hosting for their Mitzvah Day.



10 more on Monday and we need Fosters! Print E-mail
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Written by Tammy McAuley   
Tuesday, September 19, 2017

On Monday, Debbie transported 10 cats to ADOPT Pet Shelter's clinic. 5 ferals and 5 friendlies resulted in 5 males and 5 females. Dedra picked up. The five ferals came from Hanover Park, Lombard, Carol Stream, Elmhurst and West Chicago. Bam, bam, bam down thru DuPage County! With these 10, we have neutered 71 in September, 640 in 2017 and 10,085 from our beginning.

We put another plea out for fosters on our facebook and want to repeat it here.

Many fosters are closing down - vacations, etc.

I have 5 kittens in my basement. Kedi, 6wk old that needs buddies of same age, he is doing great! Two, Allura & Alfie, 5 month olds are doing very well, love to be held, need to be able to run around and learn to come up to people, just need that final "finishing". Oscar 11wks & Swirly 4mos are progressing nicely, need more interaction.

The garage - right now I don't have a count on how many kittens are there. Probably at least 10.

Some kittens are in garages that are equal to rooms in a house - our use of those end at the end of October as fosters want their garages for winter use.

Alfie & Oscar
We have reduced the influx of kittens to just about zero - forcing caretakers to take kittens to County or foster themselves. We said it would have to happen and it has. Shelters are completely clogged with cats and kittens, we have no hope of movement in that direction - end of season, hurricane cats, returns, are valid reasons that they cannot take our cats. The number of possible adoptions is a finite number. We are at the forefront of reducing the glut of cats by doing TNR, but being slowed by caring for the adoptable cats we have on hand.

Taking a break... Print E-mail
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Written by Tammy McAuley   
Monday, September 18, 2017

We have the 10K1K10Yr event on 10/15/17 and Wine & Whiskers on 10/24/17. There will be no cats processed between 10/8 & 10/29. Anyone traps them, they need to make their own arrangements for housing and transporting. No friendlies or ferals. No housing cats at Tammy's house.

May not be the most opportune time to take a break but there never is an opportune time. That is why we are cranking them out for the next four weeks.

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!

Helping many shelters... Print E-mail
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Written by TheArtistFormerlyKnownAsKatt   
Monday, August 14, 2017

Really brings home the number of shelters in the area


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