September 8th Adoption Event Print E-mail
The Feral Blog
Written by Sue Lee   
Tuesday, September 11, 2018

While it was a good opportunity for networking among fosters and volunteers, it was a slow day for adopters at the Saturday, 9/8, adoption event at Pet Supplies Plus in Naperville. We were relocated from our prior spot at the front of the store to the back corner, which likely contributed to the lack of foot traffic. Discussions are underway to modify this location for future events.


20 kittens (Bruce, Baxter, Breezy, Winkie, Winette, Twister, Duke, Neroli, Gilbert, Garbo, Gigabit, Joule, Alejandro, Alonzo, Sirius, Ra, William, Harry, Juliet and Ophelia) and 1 adult cat (Princess Peanutbutter) were the stars of our show. The kittens generally took the event in stride. Neroli, Alejandro and Alonzo, in particular, were hamming it up before nap time set in around 1pm. Princess Peanutbutter was rather nervous, but when we put her torti daughter Ophelia (who looks just like her) in the cage with her, that helped to calm both of them down.


We were visited by two pre-approved adopters and a few potential adopters.

  • One of the pre-approved adopters is a family with two young sons who are looking for a pair of kid-friendly kittens. Alejandro & Alonzo and Juliet & Ra were their top choices. Unfortunately, their younger son has cat allergies. So we sent them home with some towels rubbed on each of the kittens and they are doing some testing at home.
  • The other pre-approved adopter is looking for an adult cat. Princess Peanutbutter was not quite the right match, but we discussed several other options. He will likely be visiting the cats in the Cat Depot as well as some of Diane's fosters.

Fortunately, we had a good day of adoptions outside of the event:

  • Kingfisher and Finch were adopted by a family in Elmhurst. They will have 4 children to cuddle and play with.
  • Wendie and Weiko were adopted by a family in Palatine with 2 young children and a stay at home mom.
  • Wiffle and Willie were adopted by a couple from Schaumburg who completed an application at our Clear the Shelters event. They had met some of our other cats and kittens in the meantime, but ultimately decided on Wiffle and Wille.
  • Jubilee (our highly sought after Russian Blue mix) and her brother Cobbler were adopted by a couple in Batavia. It is a nice quiet home with no children or other pets, and the kittens seem to be adjusting nicely.
  • Jackie (another popular Russian Blue mix) was adopted by a family in Chicago. She will have 2 children to play with.
  • Duke II was adopted by a gal in Batavia, who was looking for a work from home buddy.

In addition to these 10 kittens who were adopted on Saturday, 2 additional adoptions were completed to folks who completed applications at the 8/18 Clear the Shelters event:

  • Jabiru was adopted by a young couple from Monee who was looking for a companion for their 5 month old female kitten.
  • Amber was adopted by couple in Oswego. While she showed us her independent streak when loading her into the carrier, she is settling in nicely in her new home.

July and August were record months for us in terms of adoptions relative to prior years, with 35 adoptions in July and 41 in August! Going into the month of September, things have slowed a bit, likely due to families' focus on their back-to-school routine. Hopefully things will pick up soon, as we have 70+ adorable kittens in foster homes, and more fall kittens to be rescued from outside before the weather gets cold.


With the start of the school year, we have also lost a number of foster homes, so we are desperately seeking new foster families. Please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it if you can help or know of anyone who can help.


Many thanks to the volunteers and fosters who interacted with our guests and made the event possible (Sara, Bonnie, Steve, Diane, Jennifer, Joanie, Marjorie & Murray, and Marisa). It was a bit of an adjustment setting up in our new (and hopefully temporary) location, but everyone handled it well.


Special thanks for all of the other valuable contributions which made the event a success - to Steve for the photography during the event; to Connie, Stephanie and Ted for promoting the event on our Facebook page and web site; to Mike and Debbie for the updates to the Adoptable Cats & Kittens binder and board; to Sara for creating the cage cards, coordinating lunch and helping with the laundry.


We have two more adoption events scheduled in September:

  • Saturday, 9/15 - PetSmart National Adoption Weekend at PetSmart located at 63 Rice Lake Square in Wheaton from 11am-4pm.
  • Saturday, 9/22 - Two Bostons Adopt-A-Rama at Two Bostons located at 2523 W 75th St in Naperville from 12noon to 3pm.

Details will be coming soon.


Thanks,

Sue

 
Two more trips... Print E-mail
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Written by Tammy McAuley   
Saturday, August 25, 2018

Two more spay/neuter trips!


On 8/16 we sent 17 cats to DuPage Animal Services mobile unit, 10 ferals and 7 friendlies. Of those, 9 were males and 8 were females.


On 8/23 we sent 21 cats to DCAS, 8 friendlies and 13 ferals. with 16 females and 5 males. Two of the feral females were already spayed. One seemed to have an eartip but was lactating and did not have a microchip so we sent her in - her situation is a mystery. The other female that was already spayed was a surprise and the eartip did not stand out - this female was originally spayed in October of 2009 - a new resident in the area plans on bringing her inside, so nine years after her TNR she will be in a home.


In addition to all of this, we had a very friendly female with a reported injured paw that was already spayed and microchipped, owner was called but we took her to vet to get paw checked out. We could not find anything wrong with paws or legs so we vaccinated, snap tested and gave her dewormer. Right after vet visit, owner called - he had moved to North Dakota and gave her to a friend's aunt who's cat had just died. A few hours later friend called and came to get "Spooky" who had gotten out when the aunt's caregivers had left the door open six months ago. At that time she was very skittish and not friendly at all. The past six months transformed her because she was wrapping her legs around my arm to get tummy rubs. Happy ending.


So with 36 cats that had surgery in these two trips, bringing us to 84 for August, 395 for the year and 10,712 since we began. Many thanks to Debbie, Dedra, & Charli for transporting!


One more trip in August on 8/30 and then not until 9/13, taking a break for the one week of Labor Day.

 
Taking a short break... Print E-mail
The Feral Blog
Written by Ted Semon   
Friday, August 24, 2018

There will be no trips to Spay/Neuter clinics during the upcoming Labor Day week (September 2nd through September 9th).


If you trap any cats during that time, you are on your own regarding getting them spayed/neutered.


Normal trips and spay/neuter activity will return on the following week.


Thank you.

 
By the time I could finish this letter... Print E-mail
From The President
Written by Tammy McAuley   
Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Since we updated our info just a few days ago, we have had another s/n day. On Thursday, 8/9, we sent 10 friendlies to ADOPT, 5 males, 5 females – thank you to Charli and Dedra for transporting! We also sent 5 cats to DCAS – 1 feral, 4 friendlies, of which 4 were males and 1 was a female – thank you Debbie for transporting! This brings us to 15 on Thursday, 48 for August, 359 for the year and 10,676 since 2007. Many thanks to the fosters who trek to my house at 7:15AM and then come back that same evening to get their kitties!


Building Update


I am constantly being asked what is going on with our building. Because Feral Fixers does not fit into any predetermined cat – egory, it has been a challenge. We finally found a building in Lombard that we could make work only to find out that, after being told for over a year that we would be welcomed into Zone 2 or Zone 5, we’re not a fit. Now we are told that we can take up residence in the Industrial Area, unfortunately there are no buildings for sale in that area. This sends us back to the drawing board, and the hunt continues. Stay tuned.


So Many Events, So Little Time!


There are a dizzying number of events in the next two months! Please consult our Events page for more details.

  • 8/11 Adoption Event at Pet Supplies Plus in Naperville – so many kittens! Update: Seven went home!
  • 8/12–18 Five Below – shop for those last-minute, back-to-school needs or cat-themed stuff, or maybe both!
  • 8/14 Portillo’s fundraiser – show your flyer at the register OR the first person you see at the drive-thru – help us make our goal!
  • 8/18 Clear the Shelters! In partnership with DuPage County Animal Services, we will have kittens for adoption in their new mobile unit – they can be seen from the outside, space is small so only pre-approved or adopters who have filled out an application will be admitted.
  • 8/25 Pints for Paws We’ve been invited to participate in an event at Crosstown Bar and Grill – we’ll have a couple of kittens there and lots of information about all of our adoptables!
  • 9/15 Get Needled for Feral Fixers! – an acupuncture fundraiser – do we have unique events or WHAT!
  • 9/22 Two Bostons Adopt-A-Rama – come out and see some of our adoptable kitties!
  • 9/30 Join us at West Suburban Humane Society’s Barkapalooza – always a great time!
  • 10/16 Wine & Whiskers fundraiser at Lynfred Winery in Roselle – Social event of the year!

There may be even more events popping up, so stay tuned!


Too Few Volunteers Having an Impact


This year has definitely been one of change. You may have noticed that our numbers are down. This time last year we had neutered 514 cats and our total right now is 359. We lost a volunteer who put in 60 hours a week and impacted many facets of the process, additional volunteers who had grown into their jobs and therefore needed two to three people to replace them, and so on. We used to be able to respond same day to a crisis – bottle babies, injured cats, etc, that is not always possible now. We were overwhelmed before, just don’t know the word for what we are now. It is not easy to volunteer for us, we’re not like any other rescue, we get volunteer applications but our requirements result in very few people actually volunteering with us. We’re not horrible people but what we do is time-consuming and is not a simple, two hours on Tuesday kind of thing (a building would help with that). Trapping, for instance, requires someone who can schedule their own time, work with difficult people and improvise on the fly, yet follow what we have determined to be the best way to do TNR. When we say, tell us what you can do and we’ll find a use for you, we mean it, not everyone can do every facet of the process. Keep us in mind when you have breaks in your schedule or when you retire, if we can use you it will be a huge gift to Feral Fixers. But don’t be upset if it just isn’t the right time or task availability, that happens.


As If They Were Our Own


In addition to the basic s/n package of surgery, vaccines, flea treatment, microchip, we also provide additional services to the feral and stray cat population. We’ve done many dentals on 8yr old ferals, wound care, upper respiratory, you name it! There are many cats that would not have survived but for our intervention. Here are some stories from May of this year.


Chip, After arrival in his new home
One of our recent stories involved a cat we named Chip. A 2yr old Ragdoll mix, we learned a lot about him thru his chip. He started out in Alaska, was adopted out thru a shelter there and had an eye defect at that time. His people moved to Wisconsin and after a time, adopted a puppy and Chip was then put outside - abandoned. Our volunteer took him in, knew he had issues. His eye was re-checked, found to be stable. He tested negative for FELV/FIV but had severe stomatitis. 14 teeth were extracted, all of those behind the canines, lower and upper, both sides. Chip felt so much better after the procedure! He has gone on to be adopted, his adopters went on with another dental as the inflammation with the other teeth got worse, and the rest of his teeth were removed by their vet. Our cost for Chip was $1,200. He should go on to have a great life now, despite the rocky start. So many thanks to the adopters for their great care!


May was definitely a month for dentals. One of our adopted cats, Alamo, spent a very long time in foster before being adopted to a wonderful couple. Although he had a dental before adoption, he also needed an extensive return visit, which we helped with at a cost of $600. He is doing so very well now!!!


Corn is an FIV+ cat that had labwork and a dental at a cost to Feral Fixers of $250. Many thanks to his adopters who are taking great care of him and did not let his FIV status deter them from bringing him home!


In addition to these stories there were snap tests for cats that decided to come inside, vaccinations, Convenia shots, fluids given, medications that could only be obtained from our vet. Our total for just May was $2,379. The numbers add up and while we do as much as we can ourselves and think more about the cat’s quality of life versus our own feelings, medical care for the cats that we support can amount to $36,000 a year.


With the “As If They Were Our Own” fundraiser, we would ask that you donate to help us continue to care for those cats that have no other support in place, have encountered health challenges thru no fault of their own, and have caretakers who are struggling to keep them well-fed and do not have that extra $100 it would cost them at their vet for a shot of antibiotic.


This is another Giving Grid fundraiser and will run from August 15th to October 15th to give our donors plenty of time to donate. We have already received pledges of donations to be matched in the amount of $3,400! Click on the link and follow the prompts, share a picture or a note and help us continue to help the stray and feral cats by matching the funds! If the funds are matched, that would bring the total to $6,800 and equal to more than two average months of vet costs! That would be awesome!


Please donate - thank you!

 
What have we been doing? Print E-mail
From The President
Written by Tammy McAuley   
Saturday, August 04, 2018

Since our last update in May, Feral Fixers has neutered 198 additional cats, bringing our year total to 344 and our total since 2007 to 10,661. Many thanks to Laura, Diane, Cheri and all the other trappers and caretakers who have stepped forward to keep up the numbers of cats coming in since our volunteer changes. We couldn’t do this without our transporters, Debbie, Charli, Dedra, Linda & Mark, driving our meowers on all these trips for spay/neuter. With both ADOPT and DuPage County Animal Services doing the majority of our spay/neuter, travel times are greatly reduced, which is huge! And Catnap From The Heart has thankfully been squeezing in those stragglers that show up late or unscheduled!


With fewer volunteers to carry the load, we are still reducing the overpopulation and euthanization in DuPage County! Thank you to our supporters!


 
Jackson Galaxy Approved Print E-mail
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Written by TheArtistFormerlyKnownAsKatt   
Thursday, November 02, 2017

Feral Fixers is "Jackson Galaxy Approved!"


 

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