There are a few events that are winding up or coming up and I wanted to remind you about all of them:
The FlowerPower fundraiser, "Grow Funds for Ferals", ends on Friday, April 25th. Spring is here, finally, and it's nice to see things starting to "green up". Now is a great time to order new bulbs and flowers (and other new items they now have) from FlowerPower and they ship directly to you at the proper planting time! More details are on the Headline posting on our website Homepage. Finally, 50% of the purchase price is donated directly to Feral Fixers - what a great way to help your garden and the cats at the same time!
Stella & Chewy's is donating a portion of everything they sell at both the Natural Pet Market and the Animal Feeds & Needs store during April. They make great products for your dogs and cats and the stores that are selling them deserve your patronage - they have loads of good stuff and very helpful and friendly staff. More details about this fundraiser, including the locations of the stores, is located on our Upcoming Events page.
Finally, this coming Saturday, April 26th, the Elmhurst College Pre-Veterinary and Animal Welfare Society is holding its sixth annual Canine Carewalk. Feral Fixers will be hosting a booth there, along with many other Animal Shelters and Welfare groups, and will share in the proceeds raised during this event. This weekend promises good weather and this should be a fun event to attend. More details can be found on our Upcoming Events page - come on out and say "Hi" to Feral Fixers and all the other groups that will be there.
On Sunday, April 13th, super-volunteer Jennifer picked up two feral cats from Tammy's in the morning and brought them PAWS (Thanks Jennifer!) while super-volunteer Maureen picked them up from PAWS in the afternoon and brought them back to Tammy's for recovery and distribution (Thanks Maureen!). One of the ferals was found to have already been neutered (but not ear-tipped) so we wound up having one cat fixed that day.
And this past Thursday, super-volunteer Charli picked up 15 cats from Tammy's (12 ferals and 3 friendlies) and brought them PAWS (Thanks Charli!) while I picked them up from PAWS in the afternoon and brought them back to Tammy's. One of the friendlies was deemed to be too ill to have surgery and one of the ferals was found to have been already spayed (again not ear-tipped) so we wound up having a total of 13 done that day. And once again, super-volunteer Judy was at Tammy's to help out with everything that needed doing - thanks Judy!
So overall, we wound getting 14 cats fixed in these two trips. This brings our total for April up to 61, for the year up to 202 and 6,178 overall.
31 out of 32...
The Feral Blog
Written by Ted Semon
Thursday, April 10, 2014
Feral Fixers brought in 32 more cats to the PAWS-Chicago Spay/Neuter clinic to be fixed today. 29 of these cats were ferals while the other three were "friendly ferals".
Super-volunteer Charli helped me pick up the cats from Tammy's this morning and bring them to PAWS (Thanks Charli!) while super-volunteer Stacy helped me pick up the cats from PAWS late this afternoon and bring them back to Tammy's for recovery and distribution (Thanks Stacy!). And, as always, super-volunteer Judy was at Tammy's both this morning and this evening to help out with everything that goes on to make this industrial-sized operation continue (Thanks Judy!).
One of the ferals appeared to have an ear-tip (was hard to tell - the cat kept scrunching down in the trap), but we could find no trace of a Microchip. However, when PAWS sedated him, they were able to determine that a) she had been spayed, b) she was micro-chipped and c) she did have an eartip. So, 31 out of 32 cats were fixed on this trip.
Of the 31 cats fixed today, 16 were females with the other 15 being males - again a near 50-50 distribution. And with these 31 cats, Feral Fixers has now processed 47 cats for April, 188 cats for the year and 6,164 overall.
So much going on!
From The President
Written by Tammy McAuley
Sunday, March 30, 2014
April 1st is the final day to make a matching donation to our With Faith, Anything is Possible Challenge Fundraiser. As of this writing, we have raised $1330.00 in matching funds – which is fabulous! Our goal is $3,000 so we have a way to go and times-a-wastin’ Many people donate close to a deadline – it's here now, so please donate! These funds will give us that financial buffer so that we can neuter 160 ferals without worrying about where the money is going to come from. We are still finding colonies of 20+ cats where the caretaker has no resources to donate towards their neuter. 20 x $35 and you can see how that money goes quickly!
April 1st is also the last day to submit your Holiday Card photos. We’ve received some beautiful submissions so far, but you might have the one that really speaks to us!
We hope you have the April 6th, Shop 4 Strays Bazaar on your calendars! We have a wide variety of vendors coming to sell their wares, our bake sale, door prizes, a cat tree raffle, we always have fun people to talk to and share with!
The temperature is finally getting above 40 degrees! The deadline for our Flower Power Grow Funds for Feral Fixers is coming up! They have beautiful plants that come directly to your door at the right time for planting – which should be soooooon! Please share this fundraiser with your plant-loving friends!
We’ve Begun TNR 2014!
If you follow us on Facebook or get our blog updates, you know that we have begun TNR on a limited basis. Mostly cats that had garages or heated shelters or were “in & out” cats, so we could be sure that they stayed healthy after neutering. Even so, we held onto them longer than usual so that we could be sure their systems were able to cope. Last year at this time a large number of the cats that we neutered were actually kittens & friendlies, this year, many more ferals, which is GREAT!
We’re starting off the year with fewer people able to tranport, fewer able to trap/coordinate caretakers, fewer able to foster kittens and adults. It's scary. All we can do is neuter our butts off and hope we come out ahead – no kittens born that then need fostering and adoption, which take away from our TNR time. If you know someone who has an SUV, van, etc., and has time during the week to transport into PAWS in the AM or pickup from PAWS in the PM, that would be a huge help! If you know someone who would welcome the chance to change the life of one of our friendlies and be part of saving even more cats, please ask them to contact us! If you know someone who enjoys the challenge of seeing a problem and literally FIXING it, we can expand their impact on the world by teaching them how to do TNR!
Lots of Events Lined Up!
We will be posting more information soon as we get more details, but look for us at the Elmhurst College Canine Carewalk (April 26th), the Shred4Rescues (6/21) event in Westmont, we will be having an adoption event at Kriser’s in Glen Ellyn (7/19), and much more. Stop and say “hi” when you see us! And if you would like to volunteer to help at these events, please let us know!
Audios / Visuals of the Week
Written by TheArtistFormerlyKnownAsKatt
Tuesday, June 05, 2012
I'm passing this along from our friends in San Francisco...
If you’re a fan of the TV show Portlandia and you’re a TNR advocate, here's a spoof video Catlandia, from the San Francisco SPCA that you're sure to enjoy!