PetSmart Adoption Event Print E-mail
The Feral Blog
Written by Ted Semon   
Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Last Sunday, Feral Fixers held another of its Adoption Events at the PetSmart located in Rice Lake Square in Wheaton. This particular event was in conjunction with PetSmart's National Adoption Weekend event.


Feral Fixers Board Member and Adoption Coordinator Sue gives us the details:


The event today was terrific - very busy! We had 27 kittens at the event!


We adopted out 4 kittens at the event to pre-approved adopters - May, Dot (together), Primrose & Wyatt.


We also have 5 other potential adopters that completed applications. We will be working on their vet checks and final approvals. One gal is interested in 1 or 2 females. Rue, Lilly & Penny are her favorites. We also have other families interested in Thumper, Enna and Duff. Another adopter is deciding on a male kitten with Basil and Salerno as two of her favorites.


So all-in-all a very good day!


Many thanks to the many wonderful volunteers - Berni, Arlene, Toni, Debbie, Lauren.

Many thanks to the foster families, some of whom, stayed for the event - Cheri, Lori, Monica, Heather, Amaris, Nick, Amy, Lisa.

Many thanks to Judy for stopping by and helping out.


We also turned in 12 PetSmart forms today for the National Adoption Weekend!


Our next event is Saturday, 9/27, at Two Bostons, Springbrook Shopping Center, 2523 W. 75th St, Naperville, 12-3pm, set-up at 10am. It will be a big outdoor event. We will have a tent and kittens in cages in my van.


Thank you everyone and especially, Thank You Sue!

 
41 more in two trips... Print E-mail
The Feral Blog
Written by Ted Semon   
Sunday, September 14, 2014

Feral Fixers brought 41 cats to the PAWS-Chicago Spay/Neuter clinic in two trips over the past several days, one on Saturday, September 6th and one on Thursday, September 11th. Tammy gives us the details of the trips:


September 6th


PAWS was open an extra day in order to make up for being closed on 9/14 for Mexican Independence Day - a huge parade and celebration that the clinic is right in the middle of.


We sent 8 ferals, 2 females and 6 males. Pretty much easy peasy, no issues, injuries or surprises. Charli delivered in the AM and Dedra picked up.


September 11th


We had a total of 33 cats on Thursday, 19 ferals and 14 friendlies. Charli and Jennifer did the AM run and Dedra and Cathi (first time!) picked up in the PM. Of the 33, 17 were female and 16 were male. Buster's caretaker had been wanting to trap him for some time because he had an injury - it just hadn't worked out. He was kind enough to let a colony pal, Jedi, get trapped before him, but when the caretaker put the trap out next for him he just went in and laid down - like it was time, let's go. He not only had a burst abscess on his throat - about 3 square inches worth, but a large red mass on his right front paw about the size of a robin's egg. He had the steady gaze of a cat that was willing to do whatever it took to make the transition to being inside, too. Everything fell into place, PAWS had enough time to do the extra work on him, cleaning up and stitching up his throat, allowing room for drainage as it healed and removing the mass from his paw - you could not even tell that he had a wound there at all, the stitching was precise! Buster did test FIV+ but even with these wounds, he's looking pretty good. His caretaker had a cage all set up for his recovery when she picked him up from us and he was impatient to get there! looking at us with total disgust as we kept on talking! let's go! This is just one of the innumerable cats that PAWS has gone the extra for in our history with them!


Thanks Tammy!


And thanks to super-volunteers Charli, Dedra, Charli (again!), Jennifer, Dedra (again!) and Cathi (first time with transport - thank you!).


As all of us at Feral Fixers have said on many occasions, PAWS ROCKS - they really are superstars!


These two trips give us a total of 55 cats for September, 873 cats for the year and 6,849 overall.


And, FINAL REMINDER!!!


Tomorrow, Monday, September 15th, is the last day to donate to our As If They Were Own Fundraiser! If you haven't made a donation until now and you want to help us continue to help the cats like Chatter and Tillman and all the other "special cats" that we come across in our efforts, please donate now. No amount is too small - every bit helps.


Thank you for helping us help the cats!

 
We're so close! Print E-mail
The Feral Blog
Written by Ted Semon   
Monday, September 08, 2014

Our goal with the current "As If They Were Our Own" fundraiser is to raise $3,000. At the moment, we've raised $2,374 - getting very close!


The fundraiser ends next Monday, so if you've been thinking of donating and haven't done so already, now would be a very good time!


Please help us reach our goal and help us to help cats like Chatter and Tilman and all the others with special needs.


Thsnk you!

 
Two more stories, Conference & Kittens, and the Starfish... Print E-mail
From The President
Written by Tammy McAuley   
Friday, July 11, 2014

I think I’m going to continue sharing our stories with you guys, you seem to like them and it helps you get the big picture about what we do! And I’m never going to run out of stories!


Got a call today from a lady, she’s 86 years old, retired 26 years ago from AT&T, didn’t expect to live this long, she says! She has a barn and two horses and she’s doing okay taking care of everything still but she went and fed these two cats. Now, there’s 12 adults and 8 kittens. Could we help? She feels really bad, but just can’t stretch her finances further than donating $100 to offset our costs. She thinks the kittens are 9 weeks old. I’m torn between wanting them to be 7 weeks or less or more than 10 weeks old. 7 weeks or less are usually easily tamed (although there is nowhere to put them) and 10+ weeks can be put back, hard as it is to see the little guys out there. The upside of this, even tho she is outside of DuPage County, we have a wonderful volunteer out there on the edge of our service area that may be able to help somewhat. You do the math tho, if all 20 are done as ferals, that’s $700 to us. If the kittens are sent thru as friendlies, that’s $20 more each, bringing the total to $860. A long way from $100 but we cannot let this situation explode into 40+ in the Spring. I’m hoping we can get out there this coming week, cross your fingers for us!


Got a call from a girl on Wednesday = we go to PAWS on Thursday, you know. She had put off calling us in order to save up money to get a few of the cats done. In the meantime, the total had grown to 14 cats or so. Clearly, it does no good to wait, the problem will always grow beyond the resources! Imagine her relief when I told her that since she lived in Addison, we get reimbursed for the s/n! I told her that we would get to her as soon as possible. I Mapquested her and realized that one of our indispensible trappers takes care of a colony within two miles of her. Called her up, she went over there after work and brought four cats in that evening for surgery the next day!


This is all made possible because we have willing volunteers who rearrange their lives in order to reduce the numbers of feral cats. It is made possible by our donors who create that cushion of money that enables us to front the costs in Addison to be reimbursed later, to be able to neuter all 20 cats and kittens that have suddenly erupted from one location. It is made possible by each person who friends us, forwards and shares our info, participates in our events.


Thank you!


Conference


I recently attended the Illinois Animal Welfare Federation Prairie States Conference in Bloomington. Attended by employees and volunteers of animal controls and shelters for the most part, I seemed to be the only attendee from a TNR focused organization there. I felt I was spreading the gospel at times in talking to different people. Most were receptive but I was amazed at the number who did not think it was important to microchip ferals – even representatives of national organizations were clearly befuddled that we were “wasting” our money. I’m reminded of the starfish story, you can’t toss all the stranded starfish back into the sea, but its very important for the ones that you are able to do so for – and so it is for all of the cats that we have microchipped and had their lives changed as a result and we are lucky enough to know their stories!


On the whole, these were friendly, receptive people who attended and hosted the event. Remember, these are “animal” people, they don’t normally relate well to humans! But, I think that conferences like this break down the barriers and fears that our overwork and isolation produce in animal rescue.


I was able to talk to a few vendors and have promised to share some of our experiences with their products with them. I enjoyed talking to the Tomahawk trap representatives!


One of the seminars that I attended was dedicated to increasing donations, maintaining communication with donors. You know there are some organizations that have full-time, paid employees that all they do is solicit, groom, schmooze donors? They go to lunch with prospective donors or at the very least, meet them for coffee. I walked out of there feeling that I had let you guys down – you know I have every INTENTION of keeping up with thank you cards & letters, right? I just can’t seem to keep up with that when there are still cats to neuter, kittens to tame, and all the wide and varied duties that are part of doing TNR that no one ever sees.


One entertaining seminar was devoted just to ticks and the illnesses they spread. Itched the whole time. The life of a tick is much more complicated than I had any idea!


Kittens


Our shelter partners have done their best to take kittens from us this year but now they are maxed out for the most part and we have dozens and dozens of kittens on hand. This is over and above the friendly adults that have come our way. We will be participating in a few adoption events in the next two months, please stop by and say hello and let your friends and family know our schedule. And of course, when you stop at a shelter – ask to see the cats that came from Feral Fixers!


Every call we get these days involves moms & kittens. In March and April and even May, we can be pretty certain the kittens are going to be young enough to tame easily, but now we are getting into those kittens that are older, if they haven’t interacted with humans already, they will need to go back where they came from – we cannot afford the months of taming that they will require to be adoptable. This is why people should not wait until they see the kittens come up to the food bowl and then try to find an answer – it can be too late. There are a limited number of adoptive homes and fewer foster homes than that. Please help us get ahead of the kittens! The next rush is due in just a few short weeks – they are out there mating now! Don’t delay! Spay today!


And finally, the story of the Starfish...


A young man is walking along the ocean and sees a beach on which thousands and thousands of starfish have washed ashore. Further along he sees an old man, walking slowly and stooping often, picking up one starfish after another and tossing each one gently into the ocean.


“Why are you throwing starfish into the ocean?,” he asks.


“Because the sun is up and the tide is going out and if I don’t throw them further in they will die.”


“But, old man, don’t you realize there are miles and miles of beach and starfish all along it! You can’t possibly save them all, you can’t even save one-tenth of them. In fact, even if you work all day, your efforts won’t make any difference at all.”


The old man listened calmly and then bent down to pick up another starfish and threw it into the sea. “It made a difference to that one.”

 
Sing it girl! Print E-mail
Audios / Visuals of the Week
Written by TheArtistFormerlyKnownAsKatt   
Friday, September 12, 2014

There are many songs out there which pay homage to the magnificence known as cats. We are very special, we know, and we do appreciate it (though sometimes we don't show it) when other creatures acknowledge our awesomeness...


Behold Exhibit A:



Award worthy, to be sure...

 

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