December Notes
From The President
Written by Tammy McAuley   
Saturday, December 03, 2011

Boy, Have We Been Busy!


Today is a perfect example of how we spend our time helping cats.


Judy was in charge of coordinating the 10 cats that went to two different shelters. That involved arranging for the fosters to bring the cats to one location, or for Judy to pick them up. In addition to that, in the weeks before, Judy kept track of their vaccination status as shelters in general are requiring more vaccinations prior to the cats being brought in.


I took three cats to one shelter, but they were split between two locations as they are a store front shelter. Mike, Lauren and Gillian all brought in cats that they had been fostering to those same locations.


Ted took 6 cats to another shelter in the opposite direction.


While this was going on, Mary and Casey were headed West to pick up a food donation in a rented box truck.


When I got back, I took two kittens to the vet to be snap tested so that they could go into foster with a clean bill of health. The kittens had decided to be friendly after going to PAWS as ferals.


While these things don’t always happen on the same day, this is the level of activity that CAN happen in just one day at Feral Fixers!


Aladdin


When Aladdin was 4 weeks old, his sister missed their mother and thought that nursing on her brother’s penis was a fine substitute. This resulted in a very painful infection for Aladdin, even though they were separated as soon as the foster was aware of what was happening. Weeks of antibiotics later, infection gone, the inflammation was no better, and Aladdin was still dribbling around the house. Back to the vet yesterday. It was found that the opening had shrunken so much that he simply could not empty his bladder completely – in was building up faster than out could be possible. The vet hoped that surgery to enlarge the opening would make the difference, but today found that there were more adhesions than originally thought. So Monday, Aladdin will have surgery that will change his life-threatening condition. I believe it is called a perineal urethrostomy, creating another opening for Aladdin to urinate thru as the original one is so damaged. Many people refer to the surgery as making a boy cat into a girl cat, but that’s a really simple comparison. Many male cats who get blockages due to crystal formation receive this surgery.


Please think positive thoughts for Aladdin as the recovery is still ahead of him, even after the surgery.


Still Offering Opportunities to Support Feral Fixers!


On December 17th, visit Yogli-Mogli in Danada Shopping Center and 15% of your purchase between 12 noon and 5 PM will be donated to Feral Fixers! You can also receive a coupon good at Natural Pet Market (same shopping Center) for dollars off your purchase there. It’s a win-win! Feral Fixers volunteers will be on hand to answer questions – hope to see you there!


On December 18th, the Oberweis located at 760 N Rt. 59 in Naperville will be donating a portion of the purchases made between 2 & 7 PM on that day. Did you know that they have incredible hot chocolate to warm you up and their own milk chocolate candy bars that would make great gifts? There’s more to Oberweis than milk and ice cream – take a break from shopping and check out this local icon of delicious treats!


We are planning our yearly big event, Frosty Claws! Reserve Sunday, January 15th to spend an afternoon with fellow cat lovers and enjoy some great food at the same time! Shop our Boutique and Recycled2New, enjoy our version of the candy bar raffle and gamble on our Silent Auction items!


Holiday Cards


We don’t have a lot of time for mailings, etc., but we do try to make contact thru a card during the holidays. We hope you like the card we are creating this year and would like to have your participation in future cards.


Between January 1st and March 31st, 2012, please send us your PDF pictures of ferals in an outdoor winter setting. There will be no cash prize, but you will receive the gratification of seeing your ferals on our card and sharing them with the Feral Fixers “family.”


We will have more details on our website, we’ll probably ask for a short story about the ferals, some information to share. But, as the snow will be falling soon, think about the photo possibilities!



Have a Wonderful Holiday!

 

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