29 more on Thursday Print E-mail
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Written by Tammy McAuley   
Friday, June 24, 2016

Feral Fixer sent 29 cats to PAWS on Thursday, 6/23/16. There were 16 ferals and 13 friendlies. Of those, there were 16 females and 13 males! There were no health issues, no special circumstances for once! We have done 29 this trip, 66 for June, 342 for the year and 8,777 since we began in 2007!


Some of the kittens that have made it into foster care are coming of age to be neutered by us and 10 of our friendlies were in that category. Look for some more youngsters to make their appearance on Petfinder soon! Contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to fill out an adoption application. Getting pre-approved helps reduce the stress of adoption - you can then take your time and choose the right kitten(s) for you with all the paperwork out of the way! People love to adopt "our" cats and kittens, if you know anyone who can foster, ask them to contact us and be part of the process that is reducing the overpopulation and euthanasia of cats in DuPage County!

 
June 18th Adoption Event Print E-mail
The Feral Blog
Written by Sue Lee   
Sunday, June 19, 2016

It was a beautiful day for an adoption event on Saturday and we had a good turnout of potential adopters. We proudly displayed our new sign with the new Feral Fixers adoption logo in front of the Wheaton PetSmart store.


Two kittens were adopted during the event:

Vinnie was adopted by a nice family from Carol Stream. He will be a companion for their ~10 yr old son. He will also have an 8 yr old male Black Lab to pal around with.

Huron was adopted by a great family from Buffalo Grove. The mom works with Diane, who traps and fosters for Feral Fixers, and was referred to us for a kitten by Diane. Huron will be a companion for their 11 yr old daughter.


Two other potential adopters filled out applications. One for Cheyenne, who was doing a great job of showing her cuddly personality, thanks to her foster mom Laura, and another for either Annie or Jackie. I will be following up with the vet and landlord checks on Monday.


We also handed out flyers to several folks, including someone interested in Bacall.


We had 3 baby kittens (Marcy, Vinnie, Huron) and 9 older kittens/young adults (Alamo, Arthur, Cheyenne, Floyd, Colada, Annie, Samantha, Lenny, Jackie) in attendance. Everyone behaved very well and tolerated all of the hub bub in the store.


Many thanks to the foster moms (Marissa, Taylor, Laura, Pam and Judy) for bringing their fosters to the event. Special thanks to Marissa and Laura for hanging out during the event to help promote the kitties and give them some cuddle time. Marissa was doing her magic on Floyd and several of the baby kittens! Thanks so much to Judy for fitting in the delivery and pick-up of her kitties in-between all of her trapping, returning of ferals, and kitten care responsibilities.


We had a lean, but experienced and efficient set-up and clean-up crew. Many thanks to Laurel for coming to help with the set-up, the early part of the event, and then stopping by again at the end to help with clean-up (even though we weren't quite ready to start clean-up when you arrived!). Special thanks to Lauren, who hung in there for the full day and helped me out throughout set-up, the event, and clean-up, as well as providing beautiful blankets for the adopters, including some special patriotic red/white/blue ones.


Thanks also to Connie and Ted for doing a great job of promoting the event, to Debbie for updating and delivering the Adoptables Poster, and to Mike for updating the Adoptables Binder.


Our next adoption event is scheduled for Saturday, 7/9, 11am-3pm at the Pet Supplies Plus on Ogden Ave in Naperville (720 E. Ogden Ave.). It will be good to try out a new venue. We will only have space for 2 tables in that store, but I plan to stack a few of the smaller cages, so we can have as many kitties as possible in attendance. We will likely have more baby kittens available by that time.


In the meantime, I hope you all have a very Happy July 4th!


Thanks,

Sue


(Click on the picture thumbnail of our new sign to see a full-size version of the picture)

 
25 more in two trips - and Microchips are still forever Print E-mail
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Written by Tammy McAuley   
Thursday, June 16, 2016

On Tuesday, 6/7, we sent 4 cats to PAWS who completely ignored our "No Cats Week", so we slipped them in on a Tuesday. Debbie transported both ways - 3 ferals and one friendly, of which there were one male and 3 females.


Today, on Thursday, 6/16, Laura & Debbie transported in the AM and Debbie and Dedra did the PM transport. We sent in 22 cats, 9 ferals and 13 friendlies. Of which, 11 were female and 11 were male but one was already neutered. It was good that Liam went anyway though - we found out that he had severe dental disease and should have his eye looked at by a regular vet for treatment - so not a wasted trip for him!


This brings us to 25 in the last two trips, 37 for June, 313 for the year and 8,748 since we began in 2007.


In addition, we received a call about a friendly cat last week. The lady needed us to come get him as she was leaving town the next day with her church group to do volunteer work in Appalachia - talk about pressure. We did come get the cat, he really was a friendly cat. With all of the things on our plate, we finally had a chance to get him to the vet today. We had scanned him with our AVID scanner but the vet found a Home Again chip (looks like we need to get a Universal scanner sooner than later). We called Home Again, got the info of the owners and they actually answered the phone. Just this morning his "mom" was worrying about him again and praying that he would come home - he had been gone a month. She was so happy! and met our volunteer at the vet to pick him up - which made the staff really happy too! Microchips are so very important!

 
Spring, 2016 Letter from the President Print E-mail
From The President
Written by Tammy McAuley   
Thursday, May 12, 2016

“June is for Kittens” Kitten Shower


We have been working very hard to capture all the kittens that have arrived so far with the help of our shelter partners, we have been doing well so far but the Kitten Avalanche is coming, no doubt about it! Help us to prepare for the several hundred kittens we usually see in a year by attending our Kitten Shower and donating much needed supplies. Our wish list will be printed in this newsletter and available on our website – you can visit our Amazon, Walmart and Target Wish Lists as well. The Kitten Shower will be held at the Villa Park VFW (39 E St. Charles Road in Villa Park) on Sunday, June 12th from 12 noon to 4PM. You can pre-register by mail or PayPal and receive a free gift bag at the event! The donation for attending is $10, in advance or at the door, but we need to know how many guests will be participating in our Shower! We will be having a Silent Auction, door prizes and food! Recycled2New and our Boutique will be there, too! All the things our cat people love in one place at one time!


Plan for the Future


We have previously mentioned a building fund, exploring a full-fledged shelter and spay/neuter clinic. Such a big expansion would take a lot of time and funds that we don’t have yet. We’ve scaled back our plans for now and as a first step are looking to find a house or store front that we could use for housing our friendlies, storing all of our stuff, and coordinating our TNR efforts out of.


We have come to a conundrum of needing a location, needing the volunteers to enable us to move forward with a location and needing the funds to do so. Volunteers want a fixed location to come to and volunteer. Donors want a solid plan already in place to donate to. The time and energy to sustain a location requires more volunteers. You can see the quandary? It’s a real “chicken or the egg” situation. Our hope is that our donors will continue to have the extreme faith in us that they have already shown by donating to our Fund for the Future. Right now we don’t have a building you can go look at, architectural plans that you can approve of, only the hope and dream that we can stop working out of our garages, basements and spare bedrooms in order to give the continued best care we possibly can to the strays and ferals of DuPage County. You’ve seen what we’ve done with severely limited resources, just imagine what we could do with a building? Many shelters in the area have started from the donation of a house – Cat Guardians, West Suburban Humane Society, Felines & Canines in Chicago to name a few. Our needs are more diverse than simply housing the cats due to our TNR requirements and the volume of cats that we deal with, ranging from out-and-out feral to cuddly, immediately purring kittens, and all the health concerns that already neutered ferals have with no one else to turn to for help. A small location would be a first step, followed by many others as we continue to experiment and see what works for us – we haven’t followed anyone else’s model so far, can’t expect us to do so now. We have several volunteers who are examining our needs and seeing what is out there for us to move towards. We already have some funds set aside – we have one donor who has been especially generous and wants this for us very badly – and any donations marked “Fund for the Future” will be added to that total – not used for day-to-day expenses. If you want to help us achieve this forward growth, be it a dollar or a thousand dollars, it will be used for that purpose. So, like I said, we don’t have a picture, a diagram or anything ‘concrete’ yet, but think about it and please make donations now so that we can set off on our journey to the future.


Feral Fixers’ Fantastic Garage Sale


One of our wonderful volunteers, Jennifer, is hosting a garage sale for us on Saturday, May 21st from 8AM to 3PM. Please contact Jennifer at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to make arrangements. Please come to shop – there are sure to be unusual items available. Look for the Feral Fixers tent at 29W560 Butterfield Rd., Warrenville.


New Partnership with TreeHouse


One of the difficulties with TNR is when you cannot execute the “R” of RETURN. Try as we might, sometimes there are cats that cannot go back – hostile neighbors, uncooperative municipality, death of a caretaker and no one able to take on the care of the cats. Monitoring relocations is very time consuming – finding the locations, transporting cats and equipment, picking up equipment once it is no longer being used – we could not keep up! There’s been a lot in the news about the TreeHouse Cats At Work program. At the time of this writing, we have transported 31 cats to TreeHouse that have been released at applicant’s homes into dog crates for several weeks until acclimated and then released to do their new job of rodent control in and around the city of Chicago. Cats need to be up to date on shots, microchipped and ear-tipped. They cannot be too friendly as to cause an annoyance to the neighbors and they have to have buddies – relocation works best if they have friends at their new home. The response to the program was so overwhelming that TreeHouse had to hire a full time coordinator to oversee the program and have had a waiting list of over 50 locations consistently over the past several months – some locations request at least 6 cats for one location. Feral Fixers does not take relocation as an easy out – we want these cats to go back to the homes they have always known and only use the Cats At Work Program when all else fails and their euthanization is the only other answer. So far, things have been going well. When you see TreeHouse on the news, know that some suburban cats have found a new purpose, reducing rodents and the use of poisonous pest control in Chicago!


FIP Research


There has been great progress in the research on FIP (feline infectious peritonitis). Research at Kansas State University on an antiviral treatment is showing great promise and a summary of some of the work that indicates that there is a genetic predisposition in cats which results in a lack of resistance to the FIP virus – warning the language can be heavy to wade thru! This means that someday, new cat families may not have to suffer the loss of their kittens and young cats to this almost always fatal illness. Their research has made one thing clear – inbreeding results in a much higher incidence of FIP and that is at least a start. If FIP has had an effect on your cats, please visit “Save Our Cats and Kittens from Feline Infections Peritonitis” http://www.sockfip.org/ to learn more. Looking forward to a day when a cat owner or shelter will no longer worry that they could have done something different, something more for their cat that came down with FIP!


'June is for Kittens' Giving Grid


As a special fundraiser to help us cover the costs of Kitten Season, check out our "June is for Kittens" Giving Grid! Click on a space, make a donation, post a favorite picture (kitten-related or not!) and leave a message for us! See what your donations can do to help us save lives and prevent future kittens being born outside and going on to produce more kittens! Your donations will make a difference and allow us to raise happy, healthy, adoptable kittens for the rest of the year!"

 
A Christmas miracle Print E-mail
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Wednesday, December 23, 2015

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