On October 10th we sent cats to both ADOPT and DCAS. 10 friendlies went to ADOPT, of which 6 were males and 4 were females and ADOPT generously kept 3 of the male kittens for adoption, a Siamese mix and two black smoke kittens who were very sweet. Also on 10/10, 19 cats went to DCAS, 17 ferals and 2 friendlies, composed of 7 males and 12 females. One of the female ferals had been limping, she had a large abscess on her right front elbow, the wound was lanced and drained and she received a Convenia shot and should heal up just fine.
These 29 cats bring us to 60 for October, 607 for the year and 11,578 to-date.
Taking A Week Off
We will not be processing cats the week of 10/17 but will be back at it for 10/24 & 10/31. The way the temperatures have been up and down, 11/5 is still questionable but that would be the last trip for ferals for the year. Surgery with shaved bellies and vaccinations can be too much for the cats to handle once they also have to cope with lowered temperatures. Caretakers should do the best they can to provide shelter, water and food thru the coming months and work on trapping as soon as the overnight temperatures are above 30 degrees consistently = usually April.
The P.A.W.S. Club of Wheaton North High School did a donation drive for us on Friday, October 11th during that blustery, wet weather! Huge thank you to them!
Builders Club members of Hadley Middle School in Glen Ellyn held a fundraiser – teachers submitted pictures of their pets, students “voted” with money to select the cutest pet. Teachers and students had a great time and raised over $200 for Feral Fixers!
December 3, 2019 Portillo's Fundraiser 1500 Butterfield Rd Downers Grove 5 – 8. Present this flyer (or show it on your smartphone) and 20% of dine-in, carry-out, drive-thru donated to Feral Fixers!
Just A Couple More Weeks
Written by Tammy McAuley
On 9/26 we sent 9 friendlies to ADOPT, with 6 males and 3 females – ADOPT generously kept one adult male and 2 male kittens!Also on 9/26 we sent 9 ferals to DCAS, of which 7 were males and 2 were females.
This brings us to 80 cats for the month of September.
On October 3rd we sent 10 friendlies to ADOPT, 6 males and 4 females.
In addition, on October 3rd we sent 21 ferals to DCAS, with 9 males and 12 females.
This brings us to 31 cats for the month of October, 578 for the year and 11,549 since 2007!
We are not doing TNR the week of 10/17.
And remember November 5th will be the last trip for ferals for the year!
We still have some room at Wine & Whiskers
If you get your reservation in by Saturday, we still have space available to enjoy our fundraiser at Lynfred Winery. Click on the link in the ad, or call Tammy at 630-881-3977 to arrange your reservation. Payment by mail is probably already too late to get to us by Saturday. Hope to see you!
Kittens Don’t Know It Is October!
Every call includes 6 to 8 wk old kittens! Must be the final push for the year. Unfortunately, human schedules just do not line up with the need. Many of our fosters have had to stop due to increased Fall activities, family crisis, all valid reasons. But the kittens just won’t stop. Please contact visit our webpage and click on the links to fill out our foster application form if you can foster to get us thru the end of the year.
Cat's Pride doubling litter donations for October
Written by Ted Semon
Cat’s Pride® cat litter has a donation program called Litter for Good™. When you buy a green jug of Cat’s Pride® litter, Cat’s Pride will donate a pound of litter to shelters across the country. This year alone, that could be as much as 5 million pounds of litter!
For Feral Fixers to be eligible to eligible to receive a share of the donated litter, we need nominations from our supporters. If you haven’t already nominated us to participate, it only takes a minute at catspride.com/litterforgood. Just join the free Cat’s Pride Club and fill out the nomination form. It’s simple, and you can make a major difference for us. The less we have to spend on litter means the more we can spend on caring for cats.
Search by Feral Fixers' Zip code (60148) and hit the nominate button
And you can help us more by ordering one or more GREEN JUGs of Cat’s Pride litter (note, be sure and select the "Pure & Fresh" brand - that's the only one we're interested in) either for your own kitties or else to donate to Feral Fixers.
And for October, they're DOUBLING their donations - donating two pounds of cat litter for every jug purchased.
So join the CatsPride club and nominate Feral Fixers and buy some cat litter and help us in two ways - thank you!
Rain, Rain, Go Away!
Written by Tammy McAuley
The rain has definitely affected our number of cats. Ferals simply will not come out when it is raining!
Still, we managed to take 11 feral cats and 2 friendly cats to DCAS on 5/9, composed of 6 female and 7 male. On 5/16 we sent 10 ferals to DCAS, one male was already neutered and one female was discovered to have a mass located in such away that there was no way to save her and was euthanized, she would have suffered greatly if we had not intervened. Of the remaining 8, 6 were female and 2 were male.
This brings us to an additional 21 in these two trips, 33 for the month, 128 for the year and 11,099 since our start in 2007.
While we are doing TNR, we are also collecting moms & babies which we keep crated together until the kittens are old enough to be separated from their moms, we need nice, cool, quiet garages for this purpose so that the moms can be stress free and raise happy kittens! So far this year we have brought in a whopping 11 moms and 41 kittens. There is another family in my garage, going to foster tomorrow that will bring the total to 12 moms and 43 kittens. One of our volunteers is trying for another set tonight that are housed in a boat in a garage – owner would like to take his boat out for use J. In addition, we have 12? kittens who came in without their moms – I think I’m missing a set, and a group of 5 is supposed to come into foster tomorrow. Ye gods! And we’re just getting started! Every day brings more, but we actually are seeing fewer than previous years, SO FAR.
Please Come Out And Support Us!
Tomorrow is our Chipotle event – 33% of your purchase goes to Feral Fixers between 4pm and 8pm. Come eat some great food and after, walk over to 5 Below and get some great stuff – t-shirts, toys, Father’s Day gifts, they have a huge variety! and 10% goes to Feral Fixers!
Help us neuter all these kittens!!!!
Written by Tammy McAuley
Update On Cat Trips
37 cats in Tammy's garage!
On 4/18, we went to DCAS and ADOPT in the same day, with 6 female ferals and 9 male ferals to ADOPT and 14 female ferals and 6 male ferals to DCAS plus an already spayed female and an already neutered male. On 4/25 we again went to DCAS & ADOPT in the same day with 1 female feral and 5 male ferals to ADOPT, 5 female ferals and 5 male ferals to DCAS. An additional male was already neutered and chipped and was returned to the shelter that had adopted him out, plus an additional female gave birth in the early morning hours of Thursday and then refused to care for the kittens – I bottle fed for 24 hours and then, thankfully, WSHS found a foster to bottle feed! This brings us to 51 more in these trips for a total in April of 70 cats.
On 5/2 we took 12 cats to DCAS, 8 female ferals and 4 male ferals, plus a male that had been neutered in 2017, just a few blocks away. There was also a female that had 4 wk old kittens at a grade school – a staff member scooped up 4 of the kittens and whisked them off to County before we could get there, the mom was trapped – you do not release an unneutered cat once you have them, leaving a 5th kitten still out there alone til the mom was returned on Saturday. We’re pretty sure the kitten is still there but the mom keeps getting back in the trap – we do dish up good food. This is 12 for the month of May, bring us to 107 for the year and 11,078 since our start in 2007.
Look for these kittens at WSHS for adoption in 4 months - 1 day old here!
Next Few Weeks
We have a lot planned over the next few weeks:
5/20 to 5/26, shop at Five Below in Finley Square, Downers Grove – intersection of Finley and Butterfield with one of our flyers and Feral Fixers will receive 10% of your purchase price! A whole week in which you can benefit the cats and further our spay/neuter efforts!!!
On 5/22, stop in at Chipotle, also in Finley Square, between 4pm & 8pm and a whopping 33% of your bill goes to Feral Fixers – everyone really enjoyed their meals there last year! Then go next door and get those toys, crafts and beach items that will keep the kids busy this summer at Five Below!
Beginning 5/26 you can drop off garage sale items in Warrenville for our 6/1 Fantastic Garage Sale! No electronics but just about anything else will be welcomed! And shoppers, we have so much coming our way – you never know what you will find at a Feral Fixers Garage Sale! We have another fundraiser coming up – As If They Were Our Own - funds from the garage sale will be directed towards the medical bills that we have for the ferals that no one “owns” yet still require care for wounds, dentals, so much to maintain their quality of life
The Shred4Rescues event is on June 8th – get motivated, go thru your files, come shred your stuff at this yearly event at Citadel Information Management in Westmont. Visit with Feral Fixers and the other organizations benefitting from this great fundraiser!
Plenty to do, plenty of ways to benefit Feral Fixers!