Please vote for Feral Fixers! Print E-mail
The Feral Blog
Written by Ted Semon   
Saturday, December 20, 2014

Please take a moment to vote for Feral Fixers in the #GreatCharityContest now being run on Facebook - we're running nip and tuck with another group.


The $500 we could win would be enough to spay/neuter 20 feral cats!


If you support the mission and the progress of Feral Fixers, please vote for us in this contest. You can vote for us once per day through December 31st.


And don't forget to tell your friends and family members too - every vote counts!


You must click "Submit" after you vote or it won't count - thank you!

 
Finishing up 2014 with 35 more... Print E-mail
The Feral Blog
Written by Ted Semon   
Thursday, December 18, 2014

Barring something totally unforeseen, today was the last "PAWS run" for 2014 for Feral Fixers. We brought in 37 cats to the PAWS-Chicago Spay/Neuter clinic to be fixed today. 34 of these cats were friendly ferals (mostly kittens and very young adults) while the other 3 were ferals.


Super-volunteer Charli helped me pick up the cats from Tammy's this morning and take them to PAWS (Thanks Charli!) while super-volunteer Dedra helped me pick up the cats from PAWS this evening and take them back to Tammy's for distribution (Thanks Dedra!). And, as always, super-volunteer Judy was at Tammy's both this morning and this evening to help out with everything (Thanks Judy!).


I had car-trouble this morning, but not of the "usual" kind - I couldn't open any of the doors! As any of you who live in the area know, we've had several days of freezing drizzle lately and, since my SUV is parked outdoors, the water worked its way into the door latch mechanisms and froze there! Not a single door would open! It took 5-10 minutes of pounding, pushing, yanking and swearing before I could get one of the doors open. Then I had to crawl around inside the car, pushing the car doors from the inside before I could finally get them open. I guess Charli's right - I really should consider getting a remote starter for the car!


One of the ferals had turned out to be already fixed (though not eartipped or microchipped) and one of the friendlies was deemed too ill for surgery, so we wound up having 35 cats fixed this day.


These first (and hopefully only) 35 cats for December give us a final total of 1,288 for the year (once again, besting our yearly record) and 7,275 overall.


On to Frosty Claws - hope to see you all there!

 
Last day to donate to the GivingTuesday Black Cat Fundraiser! Print E-mail
The Feral Blog
Written by Ted Semon   
Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Don't forget - today is the last day you can donate to the 2014 #GivingTuesday Black Cat Fundraiser. From the fundraising flyer:


"Lurdes is an older black kitten that came from hard circumstances. The colony had been fed lower quality food for years and as a result the kittens had many health challenges. We worked thru upper respiratory and digestive issues and Lurdes is now a very healthy kitty – despite some food allergies. She probably would not have survived to the great age of 9 months if she were still outside, so we are very happy that she decided to give being friendly a chance! This year there have been hundreds of cats and kittens deciding to become a pet, all over DuPage County, not just for Feral Fixers. Lurdes is awaiting adoption into her own forever home, where she can get the tummy rubs she loves and playing with new cat friends!


To celebrate Lurdes, and black cats in general, anonymous donors have come forward with a pledge for $5,000 in matching funds! Matching donations of $5,000 would help us provide spay/neuter surgeries, vaccinations, support to feral cat caretakers with food and medical needs for ferals and foster costs for friendly cats until they can be adopted – like Lurdes! Black cats are very special and extra-loving but can take a long time to find their forever homes, we’re here to help them, no matter how long it takes!"


Thank you so much for your ongoing support - every dollar makes a difference.


Click here to make a donation - thank you again.


(Click on the thumbnail of Lurdes to see a full-size picture)

 
Happy Thanksgiving! Print E-mail
From The President
Written by Tammy McAuley   
Friday, November 28, 2014

Our many thanks to all of you, as always, because without the volunteers, donors, facebook friends, everyone who helps and looks out for Feral Fixers and the cats all year long, we could not do what we do!


Come Celebrate 7000 with us!


We celebrate milestones and chose to have a party in honor of neutering 7,000 cats – we’re already over 7,200! as I write this! Come join us for some simple food – sandwiches and snacks and some desserts. We’ll have a limited Silent Auction and a limited Boutique, keepin’ it all casual!


The event is on Sunday, December 7th from 2PM to 5PM at the Villa Park VFW. Just a few more days to pre-register by mail - by December 1st. Registration can also be done by PayPal – that cut-off is by December 5th to be sure that we know you’re coming! We look forward to seeing your smiling faces and hearing your cat stories and we’ll update you on what has transpired over the last 1500 cats since our last milestone event.


No Rest for the Weary (or so I’m told)


We have lots more going on –


There’s Black Friday, Cyber Monday and then for Feral Fixers there is Giving Tuesday which will take place on December 2nd across the nation! It is a day to donate and help those who need your assistance to do the work they perform all year long! Look for our #Giving Tuesday Black Cat Fundraiser – we have a donation of $5,000 and our hope is that our donors will match that amount to raise another $5,000! That would equal $10,000 and supply the funds for almost 300 feral surgeries! Feral Fixers TNR’s those cats that do not have financial support for spay/neuter. Our goal is to get every cat neutered and prevent kittens, whether someone can donate on the behalf of those cats or not and we count on our general donation funds to cover those expenses and you guys have come thru time and time again! We have neutered over 2,300 black cats since our beginning in 2007, almost a third of all cats TNR’d in DuPage County by Feral Fixers!


Please spread the word about our adoption event at Kriser’s on December 6th – our last adoptathon for the year where you can see multiple cats in one location on one day! Get pre-approved and be ready to fall in love with one (or more) of our furry angels! We are often the organization that still has young kittens late in the year - and the kittens kept showing up this year!


Our Tastefully Simple Fundraiser runs thru December 15th – be sure to order your dips and mixes and sauces early to have on hand for entertaining, gift-giving or something special for yourself!


Frosty Claws is coming!


Be sure to mark your new 2015 calendars with the date for Frosty Claws – January 18th. We expect to have a big crowd as usual and have therefore expanded the time to 4 hours long instead of 3, we want everyone to have the time to enjoy themselves! Please stay posted for more information on our website. Donors are already asking WHEN they can bring stuff to donate to our Silent Auction – please contact us on or after December 15th – and the deadline to donate items is January 10th. We always have such a wonderful variety of stuff! Keep in mind 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? Its fascinating how items from several different people can come together to make a really special gift basket! I can’t wait to see what will show up this year!


Winter care for ferals:


The people in Toronto have great suggestions for shelters – visit the Cold Weather Care link on the left-hand side of our home page for a tip on keeping drinking water from freezing.


Emergency/cheap solution: If you see a feral in need of a shelter, a cardboard box, lined with Styrofoam, stuffed with straw and wrapped in a garbage bag will suffice until and if something more deluxe is available. Cut a 6” round door at least 4” off the ground, elevate on bricks or boards and face the door out of the wind, lean a board against the front to create a foyer and you are done. This can be done for zero dollars if you have supplies lying around – the only hard-to-get item is straw and many people are trying to figure out how to get rid of the stuff without paying for a garbage sticker to have it taken away. This would be a very lightweight shelter, so try to place something heavy on top so that it does not blow away in a frigid gust of wind.


Be sure to provide water. A feeding station is a great way to keep the ferals out of the wind, too – Rubbermaid tote on its side, screwed to some boards to keep it elevated and out of melting snow – and the cats won’t have to eat out in the wind.

 
Who's smarter? Print E-mail
Audios / Visuals of the Week
Written by TheArtistFormerlyKnownAsKatt   
Monday, September 22, 2014

Despite our best efforts, uninformed people still ask the age old question; "Who's smarter, cats or dogs?"


Behold Exhibit A: (my favorite part is the dog still believing what the cat told him :))



Cats rule, dogs drool...

 

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