As I have said many times, I thought we’d be done by now! My first goal was 3,000 cats and when we got to 7,000 I knew that 10,000 was inevitable. I had no idea that we would still be doing TNR more than ten years after Feral Fixers became a reality.
This should be a year of big changes. We may finally be able to canvas neighborhoods, making sure the word is out section by section – of course we need volunteers to help with that. We may finalize getting a building – we’re working very hard on that and will be having more fundraisers that are directed towards those funds – we need more volunteers for that! There are a couple new opportunities for spay/neuter that should manifest in 2018, and as a result there might actually be some competition for our spay/ neuter surgeries – wouldn’t that be something?!? At the very least, more of the public will be getting their own cats neutered, reducing the pressure on Feral Fixers. Big changes!
This Frosty Claws was one of the most pleasant, I think. No drama, so many familiar faces, so many people stayed for the whole event, socializing and sharing. Lots of interest in our plans for a building. The Silent Auction and Door Prizes and Stick Raffle were a huge hit, I heard people say so many times how they got the prize they had their heart set on! Can’t tell you how gratifying it is to work so hard on this one day event and have it appreciated! We usually hold it the day before MLK, which I believe is January 20th in 2019! How’s that for fair warning?
We received disappointing news this week, the building we were hoping for was sold to someone else who was able to make a cash offer – the seller went with the proposal that was simplest and fastest for him, the building has been for sale for a long time. So we’re back on the hunt for the right location for Feral Fixers. Luckily, we were able to cement some of our goals and bring life to our ideas once we had the possibility of a structure. We know more about what we are looking for. 3,000 square feet, free standing, sufficient parking, Lombard, Villa Park area. We currently have our “Fund Our Ferals Future” Fundraiser going on until March 14th and donors have pledged to match $11,500 in donations! This is the largest goal we’ve ever set for a Feral Fixers fundraiser so far – please help us get there! Spread our information to friends and family, $10 can make a huge difference, especially when it comes to matching funds. We’ll be doing more Five Below and restaurant fundraisers that will support our “Future” Fund – stay posted!
Kittens, Kittens, Kittens
We seem to have seen the numbers of kittens decline in the area – not just for Feral Fixers but the area rescues seem to see that as well. At the same time, the number of adoptive homes may be declining. All adoption organizations are seeing an increase in the number of returned cats due to housing changes, whether that is to an apartment that does not allow pets, into a shared home situation that already has too many animals or allergies of new cohabitants. This reduces the number of homes available to adopt the cats and kittens we all have on hand. It will be interesting to see what transpires in 2018. All we can hope is that we get out there March to May and spay a record number of females in order to keep the number of kittens produced on the decline. We say it a lot but please talk about Feral Fixers and about early spay/neuter – before the kittens show up!!! When we see you at the Kitten Shower on April 22nd, we hope to report a large number of spay/neuters already done for the year!!!
DuPage Human Race
Unlike our recent 10K1K10Yr event, which was held at the VFW with lots of socializing, sitting and food, this really IS an athletic event!
So far we have one participant signed up to represent Feral Fixers in the Human Race – our goal is at least five participants and to raise at least $500 for Feral Fixers. The Human Race is a community event that benefits over 70 non-profit organizations in DuPage County. Run 5k, walk 2k, collect pledges for Feral Fixers. See our event page for more details and visit the Humane Race website. Registration fees will go up on a monthly basis until the day of the race, Saturday, April 28th. The location is The Esplanade at Locust Point, 1901 W Butterfield Road in Downers Grove. Be one of the first 1,700 entrants to get your t-shirt. Feral Fixers can win additional monetary prizes based on largest amount of pledges earned, etc. This will be the first time Feral Fixers is participating – please make it successful! The event looks like a lot of fun and Feral Fixers will be there to cheer you on! Sign up, designate Feral Fixers as your charity and enlist your fellow athletes to help the cats of DuPage County!