On Saturday, January 30th, Feral Fixers held another Adoption Event at the PetSmart in Wheaton. Feral Fixers Board Member and Adoption Coordinator Sue gives us the details of the day's happenings...
While the weather outside was delightful, adoptions inside were rather slow at the 1/30 adoption event at PetSmart in Wheaton. Cindy was the only kitten who found her forever home with a couple from Aurora. She will have 2 small dogs to keep her ompany. Marissa, her foster mom, said she was doing well with their dog.
There were several other potential adopters who visited with our kitties and may be pursuing adoption following the event, two of whom filled out applications at the event. There was also another family interested in Princess who stopped by near the end of the event. I am following up with them.
Although it was slow, it was a good opportunity for the Feral Fixers' team and fosters to get together. Kim debuted the iPad featuring a few videos of Biju, Victor and Pike. Debbie did a nice job of updating our adoption poster, and Mike provided the updates to the cat & kitten binder. Lauren refilled our candy stash and brought some nice new blankets for future adopters. Sara did a nice job of the photography.
We had 25 cats and kittens in attendance - 15 kittens (Cindy, Peter, Jan, Presto, Brioche, Amethyst, Gabby, Tito, Peaches, Bea, Blair, Raspberry, Argo, Lacey and Poptart), and 10 cats (Biju, Victor, Bogie, Bacall, Pullman, Lucia, Zeke, Zeva, Smoochie, and Princess). Everyone was very well-behaved and quite engaging with the customers. Bea drew a lot of attention and patiently accepted a good amount of handling. We are still looking for a calm home for her with another kitty companion.
Many thanks to all of the fosters for bringing their cats & kittens to the event and in many cases, staying to support the event - Marissa, Diane/Paul, Debbie, Laura, Cheri, Christie/Kyle, Kim, Julie/Vey. Many thanks to the volunteers who helped with the set-up and clean-up as well as during the event - Kevin, Alex & Erin, Sara, Lauren and Debbie. Special thanks to Judy and Tammy for their support during the event, and to Judy for staying around to help with the clean-up. Special thanks to Debbie for transporting many of the cats & kittens to the event. Many thanks to Connie and Ted as well, for providing the publicity for this event.
We have 2 adoption events planned in February. PetSmart National Adoption Weekend is 2/13-14. ARF will be at the store on 2/13, so we will have our event on Sunday, 2/14 at the Wheaton PetSmart - Happy Valentine's Day! Two weeks later, we will have an event at Kriser's on Roosevelt in Glen Ellyn on Saturday, 2/27. So please mark you calendars!
Thanks much to all!
Thanks Sue and to everyone who helped out at this event!
25 to start 2016
The Feral Blog
Written by Ted Semon
Saturday, January 23, 2016
On Thursday, Feral Fixers sent in 26 more cats to the PAWS-Chicago Spay/Neuter clinic to be fixed. Feral Fixers president Tammy gives us the scoop on the days activities:
"Thursday's trip to PAWS had a lot of leftovers - cats that were not healthy enough for the last trip in December comprised more than half of the load.
Debbie & Charli made the trip in the AM and Debbie and new transport volunteer Jill did pickup in the PM.
We sent in 26, 23 were friendlies and 3, while they went in traps, are expected to be friendly in a very short time and we'll be holding onto them to see if that is to their liking! Of the 26, 17 were female and 8 were males and one friendly did not get neutered because he had a heart murmur in the 3 - 4 range. We will schedule his surgery locally, soon - heart murmurs are a problem with anesthesia and he will receive close monitoring. The crazy thing is that very often cats will mature out of murmurs as their hearts grow, but we need to neuter so that he can go on to a home as soon as possible. Not the only Catch22 we experience!
So we are 25 across the board in 2016 with a since time began number of 8,460!"
Thank you to super-volunteers Charli, Debbie, Debbie (again!) and Jill!
Another great Adoption Event!
The Feral Blog
Written by Ted Semon
Sunday, January 10, 2016
On Saturday, January 9th, Feral Fixers held another successful Adoption Event - this time at the Kriser's store located in Glen Ellyn. Feral Fixers Board Member and Adoption Coordinator Sue gives us the details:
Despite the snow showers this afternoon, we had a terrific adoption event at Kriser's today, resulting in 8 adoptions! Kriser's was very welcoming to us - helping with our set-up and tear-down, and providing a substantial food donation. We certainly thank them for this opportunity! It is a bit quieter environment than PetSmart, which the kitties certainly enjoy.
Speaking of kitties, we featured 13 kittens (Ruffles, Rutgers, Bonnie, Belle, Atlas, Adeline, Chloe, Casey, Rocky, Cream Puff, Bagel, Muffin & Presto) and 3 adult cats (Thumbelina, Lukas, Smoochie) at the event. Everyone behaved commendably and drew a lot of attention. Judy also brought 7 young kittens (6 of whom are from a black & white litter known as "the Brady Bunch"), who will be ready for adoption in a couple of weeks, to offer a preview to a few interested adopters.
Many wonderful adopters and potential adopters came to meet our cats and kittens, which resulted in the following adoptions:
* Rocky & Cream Puff - Adopted by a nice young couple from Villa Park. They wanted to buy some supplies and get things set up in their home, so they will be picking the kittens up from Marissa, their foster mom, tomorrow.
* Rutgers & Bobby - Adopted by a terrific couple from Kaneville, who were referred to us by Catherine Tojaga. Bobby is one of the Brady Bunch who was not ready for immediate adoption, so the two boys will be going home in about 2 weeks. They will have a 3 year old female cat as a companion.
* Thumbelina - Yeah! - Adopted by a wonderful lady who lost her cat about a year ago. Thumbelina will be this lady's only feline friend, which Thumbelina will be quite happy about. It seems like Ashley's tribute to senior cats on our web site worked!
* Bonnie & Belle - These highly sought after girls found a wonderful home with a couple from Chicago, who recently lost a senior calico girl. They braved the weather to drive out to Glen Ellyn, and were delighted with the little girls they took home with them.
* Ruffles - Adopted by a nice couple from Elmhurst who lost their cat last July. The woman came to the adoption event and was thrilled to take her new little girl home.
There were also several other lookers as well as specific interest in Smoochie, Muffin and Adeline & Atlas, whom I am following up with. All in all, a great day!
Many thanks to all of the folks that made this happen! Thanks to volunteers Debbie and Lauren for help with the set-up, clean-up and execution of the event. Thanks to the fosters for bringing their cats & kittens to the event, including Gillian, Debbie, Marissa, Veronica, Sandy, Diane, and Cheri. Special thanks to Marissa, Veronica, Diane and Sandy, for hanging out during all or a portion of the event to help talk with potential adopters. Thanks much to Judy for bringing the Brady Bunch to the event and helping with the adoption counseling and clean-up.
Many thanks to others who helped in other ways to make the event successful. Thanks to Mike for providing the binder updates, to Debbie for updating the poster board, to Lauren for providing blankets to adopters from "Critter Comforts", and to Connie and Ted for the advertising that clearly made the event known.
Let's hope for continued success as we work to find homes for the many cats and kittens rescued in 2015, before the 2016 kitten season begins! Our next adoption event will be at the Wheaton PetSmart at 63 Rice Lake Square on Saturday, 1/30, 11am-3pm. PetSmart National Adoption Weekend follows shortly thereafter on 2/13-14 (Happy Valentine's Day!). Hope you can join us for these events!
Wow - 8 more Adoptions! Great job everyone - and here's hoping that this is the start of our best Adoption Year ever!
Holiday Letter from the President
From The President
Written by Tammy McAuley
Saturday, December 19, 2015
A Whole ‘Nother Year Has Passed!
Can you believe that in a very short time we will be in the year 2016?
2015 has been a year of challenges and change. We’ve neutered almost 1,150 cats, doing so with fewer volunteers. Local shelters have taken over 250 cats and kittens from us for adoption thru their facilities – from bottle babies, kittens that still need to be fostered, kittens ready to go, to adults who have decided that being inside is the life for them! Feral Fixers adoptions during this time are over 210. Impressive numbers when we have about half as many fosters as previous years. As always, we are hoping for fewer calls, fewer kittens in the coming year, the best way to accomplish that is to receive the calls at the beginning of the year, so fewer kittens are born – cross your fingers!!!
We’ve Touched So Many Lives
During the holidays, we have a flurry of communications with the people we have helped and helped us. Hearing how the cats are doing, the changes the people are going thru, is all very interesting. If only there were time to respond to each card, each note individually! We hear how a particular cat has decided to make themselves at home inside, or how there are only two feral cats left in a neighborhood overrun with cats just a short time before.
One scenario that stands out is how when caretakers move away and find ferals at their new home and cannot believe there is not a local organization like Feral Fixers to help the cats, they enlist the help of neighbors, find a vet who will do neuters at a reduced cost and start to work. That makes us feel really good!
Frosty Claws Is Coming!
Attendees are signing up in advance already, in anticipation of yet another great event! If you would like to volunteer to help transport stuff, set up, tear down, bake something, help with the food at the event, etc., we can always use more help! Please contact Tammy at 630-881-3977 or by email at
if you can!
Donations for the silent auction are starting to come in – the cut-off for donations to make it into the auction is January 10th. Items that arrive later may automatically be part of our Door Prize drawing – we have excellent items in that category as well and competition can be intense! We always have such a wonderful variety of stuff! Remember when you are donating - new in the package or unique and vintage or hand-crafted should be your guidelines - if your brother or sister wouldn't bid on it, who would? Items come together from several different sources to make some really special gift baskets! I can't wait to see what will show up this year!
YOU are what make this event so special – look forward to seeing you on January 17th!