On Thursday, Feral Fixers processed another 23 cats at the PAWS-Chicago Spay/Neuter clinic. 16 of these cats were ferals while the other 7 were 'friendly ferals'.
Transport for this group was a true team effort. Super-volunteers Mary and Kim picked up the cats from Tammy's and drove them to PAWS (Thanks Mary! Thanks Kim!) while Kim and I picked them up from PAWS in the late afternoon and brought them back to Tammy's for recovery and return (Thanks again Kim!) And, as usual, super-volunteer Judy was at Tammy's helping with the recovery and return process (Thanks Judy!)
One point of note with this group; 8 of them were from a colony in Lombard that super-volunteer Kim has been working on taking care of and, with these 8, the entire colony is now TNR'd - way to go Kim! This is always great news. We have run across many situations of colonies where some of the cats were fixed, but not all, and after a while, the reproduction rate of the colony is back to its pre-TNR level. I've heard that if you can TNR 70% of a colony, that, along with natural attrition will keep the colony size in check. That may be true, but I think we can all agree that doing 100% of the colony is the goal we should be striving towards.
With these 23 cats, Feral Fixers has now processed 74 for August, 511 for the year and 2,992 overall - getting pretty close to that 3,000 number!