Portillo's Fundraiser! Print E-mail
The Feral Blog
Written by Ted Semon   
Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Feral Fixers is partnering with the Portillo's located at 1500 Butterfield Road in Downers Grove to raise money for our ongoing Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) efforts. If you eat dinner there on August 14, anytime from 5:00pm to 8:00pm and show this flyer, Portillo's will donate 20% of your meal cost to Feral Fixers! Portillo's requires that at least 50 people show this flyer when attending this event in order for us to receive a donation from them, so tell your friends, tell your neighbors (and give them a copy of the flyer) and bring your family!


Most of you know what great food they have and this is a wonderful way to have an excellent meal and help out Feral Fixers at the same time - see you there!

 
Reduced Adoption fees - for June only! Print E-mail
The Feral Blog
Written by Sue Lee   
Saturday, June 16, 2018

Looking for a kitty who will be a great companion, but not climb your drapes? If so, we have some wonderful teenage and adult cats for you!


Also, for the month of June, to make room for our little kittens, we will be reducing our adoption fee for all of our teenage and adult cats (who are 7 months and older) to $25. The normal application and screening process still applies.


So please take a look at our web site to find your next cat companion, and email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 630-881-7459 for more information.


Note that our next adoption event will be Saturday, 6/23, at the Pet Supplies Plus at 720 E. Ogden Ave. in Naperville, from 11am-3pm.

 
June 9th Shred4Rescues event recap Print E-mail
The Feral Blog
Written by Sue Lee   
Monday, June 11, 2018

Although it started out rather wet, the 2018 Shred4Rescues event on Saturday, 6/9, at Citadel Information Management in Westmont ended on a high note with sunshine, a high volume of cars bringing paper for shredding, a good number of visitors to our tent, and several potential adoptions.


Arriving bright and early per instructions, Bridget, Debbie, Laurel and I spent the first hour sitting in Laurel's car watching the rain come down and eating some breakfast. Finally, by 8:30am, the rain slowed a bit and several other groups starting setting up their tents, so we thought we better get moving so we did not lose our spot. Candy joined us by that point - she came at just the right time! Sporting our rain gear, we got everything set up by 9am, so we were ready in plenty of time.


I gave Laura, Lawrence's foster mom, the heads up that it was a go at that point, and she headed over with Lawrence, arriving around 9:45am. He was the only kitty star of our show, and he did a fabulous job, rolling over and purring for each guest who petted him :-)


Fortunately, the rain did not deter the folks coming to bring their paper for shredding. There was a line-up of cars starting at 8:45am, and a continuous steady flow right up until 1pm. A very successful event!


7 organizations had tents at the event, including Hinsdale Humane Society, Aarooo Basset Hound Rescue, Magnificent Mutts & Meows, West Suburban Humane Society, Feral Fixers, West Suburban Veterinary Associates, and St. Sophia's Forgotten Felines. Aarooo, Magnificent Mutts and West Suburban Humane Society all had several adorable dogs available for adoption. St. Sophia's had a sweet cat and kittens, and we had Lawrence, as well as our board and binder of all of the adoptable cats & kittens.


Foot traffic among the tents was light for the first couple of hours as the rain continued. But by 11am, the rain finally broke, and we started to get a good number of visitors. Everyone loved meeting Lawrence and enjoyed hearing about our other available cats & kittens. A retired gal from Oak Brook stopped by looking for a kitty companion, and we agreed that Ruby may be a good match for her. She completed an application and follow-up is underway.


A pre-approved adopter who is interested in Lawrence and Portillo or one of Diane's other foster kitties also stopped by to meet Lawrence. He, of course, won her heart, but since he really needs a kitty companion, we are waiting on his adoption until she meets Portillo and Diane's other fosters, so we know he will have a companion when he arrives at his new home. That visit will happen early this week.


Several Feral Fixers volunteers and supporters also stopped by our tent, including Ted and fosters Marjorie & Murray and Connie. Thanks much for stopping in!


Many thanks to Citadel for inviting us to participate in this event and for your generous donations from this event! We are truly partners in animal rescue :-)


Thanks to the volunteers who made this event possible - Bridget, Debbie, Candy, Laurel, and Laura. Special thanks to Candy and Bridget for the photography and videography during the event, to Connie, Stephanie and Ted for your advertising of the event, and to Debbie and Mike for your updates to the Adoptable Cats board and binder, which were critical for this event.


Our next event is Saturday, 6/23, at Pet Supplies Plus at 720 E. Ogden Ave. in Naperville, from 11am-3pm. This will be a regular adoption event, and will likely include the start of our 2018 kittens.


Thanks,

Sue

 
April already! Print E-mail
From The President
Written by Tammy McAuley   
Saturday, April 07, 2018

It may not feel like it but April is here already and there is so much to do!


I'm not so sure about this...
There are two more trips to PAWS to report. On 3/29 we sent 13 cats, all ferals, of which 7 were males and 6 were females. Three of the ferals were being relocated thru the TreeHouse Cats At Work program. They were from a very inhospitable trailer park and very feral – they will do well. Carl is a feral that clearly wants to be friendly, he went to a foster and here are his pictures. He doesn’t look happy in the one photo but sure is lovin’ the petting. He is likely going to ADOPT for adoption. He’s FIV+, they do a wonderful job of finding just the right home for the FIV+ cats.



On 4/5 we sent 9 cats, of which 7 were ferals and two were friendlies, comprised of 6 females and 3 males. Again, three of the ferals are destined to participate in the TreeHouse CAW program. They couldn’t go back due to negative human neighbors and there were no other colonies to our knowledge for almost 2 miles around them for them to relocate themselves to. Of the two friendlies, the female had been inside for 2years and was finally getting spayed – a broken canine tooth was discovered during her exam and she will get that taken care of now that it has been discovered. The other friendly was a male that had been coming to the caretaker sporadically for a year and a half – Rudy will also go to ADOPT for adoption.



With these two trips, our March total is 50 and the start to April is 9, bringing our year total to 89 and our total since our beginning to 10,406. Many thanks to Charli and Dedra for transporting!


Kitten Shower


Speaking of lots to do – we’re getting ready for the Kitten Shower. Working on baskets and items for our Silent Auction and door prizes, as always there are unique items for your bidding pleasure! Watch our facebook as we will be posting some of our Silent Auction items as we get them ready. Planning on lots of great food – lighter fare, lots of salads and deserts will be there. Come join us and spend time with fellow cat lovers – pre-registration by mail or online is $10 and $15 at the door on the day. Limited number of gift bags will be given away (still working on them!) with lots of cat goodies. Learn about fostering and all the opportunities available to help Feral Fixers move forward. Come have a great time!


Human Race


This is the first year we are participating in the DuPage Human Race. We have 6 participants and have raised $150 of our $500 goal. Please help motivate our runner/walkers and raise funds for Feral Fixers. I just made a donation of $60 – anyone willing to match me? That’s $10 for each participant – wish it could be more! The Race is in three short weeks – lets make our first year memorable!!! For more information, please click here.


Building


The search goes on. Who knew that finding a 3,000 sq ft, $300,000 building with 10+ parking spaces in Lombard or Villa Park – ish would be a lot of hard work? We’ve looked at a bunch of buildings and have learned a lot. We even found a ready-to-assemble building that would fit our needs if we get the right piece of land – so far land is really expensive! Please let us know if you have the right answer for us! We don’t have an active fundraiser right now but you can always make a donation to “Fund Our Ferals Future” anytime you would like. Thank you to all our donors who enabled us to surpass our goals for our recent Giving Grid fundraiser!!!


Adoptions


Our adoptions have been wonderful. There are cats that we have had in foster for over a year that are finding their forever homes! BUT, we still have many adults who are hoping to find a home before kittens arrive and push them out of the limelight! Many of them are deemed shy – translate that to being very selective in whom they bestow their affections upon! These are cats that would not do well in a typical shelter, much too busy, noisy for their tastes, they are letting us know up front that they know what they need, no false advertising here. Think about it, do you want an “in-your-face” type cat for the next decade or more? Do you want a companion that will share your space, give you space and be happy as can be doing so? Not all cats were meant to burrow under the covers and pop up in full purr and lick your nose at 6AM. We have those too, and we have had several cats returned for being too active and outgoing. Please give it some thought and consider our quiet adults who need a home just like yours to share with you!

 
Jackson Galaxy Approved Print E-mail
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Written by TheArtistFormerlyKnownAsKatt   
Thursday, November 02, 2017

Feral Fixers is "Jackson Galaxy Approved!"


 

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