Our adoption event on Saturday, 7/13, at the PetSmart in Finley Square Shopping Center in Downers Grove marked the official start of the 2019 kitten adoption explosion! Activity abounded at the event as many guests stopped by to see all of our wonderful kittens. We were happy to have space at the front of the store in the aisle next to the Chicagoland Animal Rescue adoption center. We were thankful to also have use of the dog training area for get acquainted sessions with our kittens.
1 adult cat (Twinkle) and 26 kittens (Blackberry, Blarney, Dexi, O'Keefe, Mora, Moesha, Ripley, River, Tiramisu, Tisha, Tinkerbell, Tik Tok, Tippi, Archy, Ariel, Arroyo, Sandy, Salty, Monty, Monroe, Montana, Sammie, Sawyer, Santiago, Sagan, Sasha) were the stars of our show. Twinkle was in the front crate and graciously greeted all of our guests.
Most of the kittens were very calm and interacted wonderfully with our guests. Kudos to the fosters for their outstanding socialization! Mora and Moesha were having a rough time with the event and being stuck in a crate. Fortunately, Tammy stopped by in the niche of time and she and Candy held them close and calmed them down. They were fine after that for the rest of the event.
3 kittens went to their new homes from the event:
Tinkerbell & Tik Tok were adopted together by a great gal from Hennepin, IL. She made the long trek up for these beautiful Maine Coon mix babies. She and her 14 yr old daughter are sure to give them lots of love.
Monty was adopted by a terrific gal from Broadview, IL. He will have a girl kitten, whom the gal's daughter recently adopted, as a playmate.
3 applications were received at the event. 1 was approved and resulted in a subsequent adoption:
Dexi was adopted by a nice couple from Aurora. She will be a friend for their 2 yr old male cat.
Prior to the event, in the 3 weeks since our last event on 6/22, we have done an amazing number of adoptions - 27 in total! This included 3 adults: Symon, Tavis, and FIV+ Leggett; 2 teenagers: Elan, Elmira; and 22 kittens: Cupcake, Cinnabon, HoHo, Mocha, Moonpie, Aladdin, Dominique, Fuzzy Wuzzy, Desmond, Rio, Tulip, Snowflake, Bloomie, Blaze, Destiny, Montreal, Dottie, Donjanae, Doyle, Dougal, Samba, Samson.
A busy time, indeed, with lots to celebrate!
Many thanks to the volunteers and fosters who made this event possible. Thanks to Sara, Steve, Bernie and Candy for the smooth and efficient set-up and clean-up. Thanks to Sara and Bernie for your outstanding help with adoption counseling. Thanks to Debbie for creating the required adoption paperwork. Thanks to Debbie, Karen, Cathy, Julie, Laura B, Kim M, Gillian/Candy, Catherine/Shari/Laurel for bringing your foster cat/kittens to the adoption event and staying as much as your could to help promote them to our guests.
Thanks also for all of the other valuable contributions to this event - to Steve for arranging the event with the store; to Candy for the excellent photography & videography during the event; to Connie, Stephanie and Ted for promoting the event on our Facebook page and web site; to Steve for the professional-looking cage cards and volunteer name tags; to Debbie and Mike for the on-going updates to the Adoptable Cats & Kittens board and binder; to Sara for helping with the laundry and coordinating our lunch run.
It is truly a team effort that makes these events successful!
Our next adoption event is Saturday, 7/27, at the PetSmart at 63 Rice Lake Square in Wheaton, from 11am-3pm.
We will have 2 adoption events in August on 8/10 and 8/24. Steve is working to secure venues for those events, so please stay tuned!
Where's Our July Lull?
Written by Tammy McAuley
7/11 was a heck of a day.
We sent 24 cats to DCAS. Two of the kittens had irregular heartbeat so they did not get surgery that day - too big a risk. Some times the chambers of the heart do not close up by the time the kittens are 10 weeks. We're giving them two weeks and then we will take them for a vet visit, see how the beats are and then schedule their neuter soon after that - cross your fingers! The friendlies were done early, couldn't reach the transporter so I went and picked them up myself - this meant that they were able to go back to their fosters much earlier than otherwise so worth it. In the chaos that was Thursday, a caretaker (who I started helping 13 years ago!) trapped a mom who had delivered in the last two days, brought them to me and luckily we had an opening in one of our mom & baby fosters! LadyBird and her two kittens were picked up and transported to a safe, quiet crate and are currently doing well. In the midst of this, received a call from Debbie, our Transit vehicle had lost its brakes, she was safely in a parking lot! Called our favorite repair shop and the tow truck people and arranged that. After the friendlies were picked up, the M&B's were picked up, I went to pick up the ferals and Debbie to bring them on back. Truly a day of one thing after another!
At the end of the day, we had sent 10 friendlies and 14 ferals to DCAS, 8 friendlies and all the ferals had surgery, resulting in 3 males and NINETEEN females being neutered. Way to go DCAS!!! This brings us to 54 for the month of July, 291 for the year and 11,262 cats being neutered since 2007!
Usually in July things slow down a bit. Ain't happenin' this year.
Thank you to our donors and supporters for helping us to continue to care for the cats!"
Prime Day is coming!
Written by Ted Semon
In honor of Amazon "Prime Day(s)", Feral Fixers has updated its Amazon Wish List - these are items available on Amazon which Feral Fixers would LOVE TO HAVE.
It's an easy way to donate to Feral Fixers - you can visit our Amazon Wish List, purchase one or more items and have them shipped directly to Feral Fixers - no muss, no fuss! Note that when you add an item from the Wish List to your Shopping Cart, the Feral Fixers address is automatically added to your Shipping Addresses.
And, please do your shopping on AmazonSmile (not the "regular" Amazon website) and select Feral Fixers as your "designated charity". This is an Amazon.com website where eligible purchases made for us also count for cash donations made to Feral Fixers by Amazon - 0.5% of all eligible items purchased on AmazonSmile are donated to the designated charity.
So, satisfy your shopping urge on Amazon and help out Feral Fixers at the same time - 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!