We also need to give thanks to PURRS-Naperville, an excellent organization that has taken many friendly cats from us and found them homes where they will be loved and cared for. In addition, PURRS has donated money and cat food to us - donations which we have put to very good use. To PURRS we say, THANK YOU - WE COULDN'T DO WHAT WE DO WITHOUT YOU!
In addition, we have to recognize Triple-R-Pets, an organization that was founded to rescue animals that found themselves homeless and/or in need due to natural disasters and also has a very active TNR Program. We have a good working relationship with Triple-R; sometimes they pick up our cats, sometimes we pick up theirs. We also refer phone calls to each other (we work out of DuPage County while they work out of southern Cook County) and, in general, help each other out when necessary. To Triple-R-Pets we say, THANK YOU - WE COULDN'T DO WHAT WE DO WITHOUT YOU!
And we certainly need to give humungo-thanks to the PAWS-Chicago Spay/Neuter clinic where we have brought 99% of the cats we have to be fixed. Their extraordinarily inexpensive cost to spay/neuter cats, ear-tip them, give them rabies and distemper inoculations, treat them for ear mites and fleas and de-worm them, as well as inserting the micro-chips we purchase is a real key to our success. In addition, trappers don't need to make an appointment with them to bring in cats (unless it's a big group - and even then, they are very accomodative) to be spayed/neutered. This is very helpful for us, of course, but is even more helpful for those unsung heroes out there who are "just" taking care of the cats in their neighborhood. PAWS understands that you can't schedule feral appointments like you can for pets. Ferals may or may not enter those traps - there's no guarantee. Knowing that PAWS will take the feral cats, whenever you can get them, is just wonderful.
PAWS also donates food to Feral Fixers (and many other organizations). During this most recent trip, I brought back over 20 large bags of cat food that PAWS donated to us, cat food that will be distributed to our growing base of colony caretakers. PAWS would have given us more, but my car was full. This is not the first time that PAWS has donated food to us and I know it won't be the last. Finally, over the past 2+ years, Feral Fixers has enjoyed a very good and deepening relationship with PAWS and everyone who works there. They appreciate what we do and we appreciate what they do - it is truly a WIN-WIN situation.
To PAWS-Chicago we say, THANK YOU - WE COULDN'T DO WHAT WE DO WITHOUT YOU!!!
Finally, I would be very remiss if I were to not mention the efforts of our President, Tammy McAuley. Tammy and I were the original organizers of Feral Fixers in 2007 and I can honestly say that a) I admire her ability to keep everything coordinated and working (she's the one who organizes all of our TNR activity) and b) I really enjoy working with her. Even in difficult times, when the pressure (and the phone calls!) are happening fast and furiously, she somehow manages to keep it all together and to keep everything moving. Tammy, you're the best - Feral Fixers is what it is largely due to your efforts - you deserve enormous credit for our success...
And so on to 2010. Our first event of 2010 will be our second annual Frosty Claws gathering / fund-raiser. January 17th at the Lombard Lagoon - SAVE THE DATE - details will be posted here and in our newsletter as they become available.
Merry Christmas and happy holidays everyone - thank you, one and all...