Feral Fixers made two more trips to the PAWS-Chicago Spay/Neuter clinic this week, bringing in cats to be spayed/neutered. Feral Fixers president Tammy gives us the details:
"Another week, another 43 cats.
On 11/18, Debbie was kind enough to make the trip to and from PAWS with 10 ferals. There were 7 males and 3 females.
On 11/19, Debbie and Charli made the AM trip and Dedra and Debbie made the PM run. There were 8 ferals and 27 friendlies. One of the friendlies started out the morning in a trap but was so clearly friendly and purring on contact, that we switched him from feral to the friendly category before the transport left. One feral male was already neutered and one friendly male had URI symptoms so did not have surgery, resulting in 17 females and 16 males being neutered.
Our total for the week was 43, the month of November is 132, for 2015 we have neutered 1,107 so far and our grand total is 8,385 neutered cats since we began."
Thank you to our super-transport-volunteers Debbie, Charli and Dedra!
Holiday Craft Show!
The Feral Blog
Written by Ted Semon
Thursday, November 19, 2015
On Sunday, December 6th, from 9am to 3pm, a Holiday Craft show will be held at the VFW #2801 located at 39 E St. Charles Rd in Villa Park. There will be Holiday Crafts, Granny's Attic, an Hourly Raffle, a Snack Bar, etc. Recycled2New will be having a booth at this event with cardboard cat scratchers, jars of catnip, notecards, handmade jewelry, cat toys, and knotted fleece beds and who knows what wondrous things! Proceeds received by Recycled2New will be donated to Feral Fixers (Thank you Recycled2New!).
Come on out, enjoy the event, get some of your Holiday shopping done and help Feral Fixers at the same time!
A great Adoption weekend!
The Feral Blog
Written by Ted Semon
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
This past weekend, November 14th and 15th, Feral Fixers held two Adoption Events at the PetSmart in Rice Lake Square in Wheaton. These events were part of the PetSmart Charities National Adoption Weekend. Feral Fixers Board Member and Adoption Coordinator Sue gives us the details:
Saturday, November 14th
Today's event was a huge success! We had 8 adoptions today - 7 kittens and 1 adult. All but one were to pre-approved adopters. The same day adoption was to a family that had contacted us previously.
Scout (Cheri's foster) and Penny (Veronica's foster) went home with a great dad and his 2 children, 13 yr old daughter & 16 yr old son, who live in Lombard.
Tudor (3 yr old handsome long fur black & white boy, Cheri's foster) went home with a family in Elmhurst who has dog and another cat and recently lost a cat that looked very similar to Tudor.
Arabella (Cheri's foster) went home with family in Plainfield with 2 children (son age 3 and daughter age 6, who loved and played with Arabella) and a Shih Tzu/Toy Fox Terrier puppy. They are hoping that the puppy & Arabella will be buddies.
Hepburn and Streisand (Bethany's fosters) went home with a great couple from Bolingbrook, who also have a 4 yr old chihuahua.
Archie (Maureen's foster) went home with a young lady and her mom from Lisle. Archie will have a 3 yr old male cat buddy as well as a 16 yr old male cat companion.
Van Buren (Judy's foster) went home as a foster to adopt with a young woman who previously adopted Stripe from us in August. Van Buren is from the same location as Grover and looks very similar to him, just a bit older and shyer. He should do well in this gals' quiet apartment. He is about the same age as Stripe, so they will likely become good buddies.
Sunday, November 15th
We had another successful adoption event at PetSmart today :-) 5 kitties went home - 3 kittens & 2 adults. All but one were to pre-approved adopters, and the one who was not pre-approved had also contacted me in advance, we just hadn't finished the approval. We also received inquiries from 2 other families who I am following up with.
Grover went home with a wonderful family from Sycamore. He will have 2 well-behaved children to play with him and a 12 yr old English Golden Retriever to keep him company when they are not around.
Whispers went home with a great lady from West Chicago, who is a big advocate of animal rescue.
Mindy went home with a great guy from Carol Stream, who will give her the patient attention to make her feel comfortable.
Ruby went home with a wonderful young woman, her mom and brother from Palatine, who is big supporter of rescue and knew the gal whose yard Ruby was found in.
Garnet went home with a great family from Bolingbrook. With no other pets to bother her, she will be queen of the house - much to her liking!
So in the course of the 2 days we had 13 adoptions!!! Many thanks to the folks that made this event possible!
Wow, 13 Adoptions! Fantastic job Sue! And congratulations and THANK YOU to all the Fosters and Volunteers who made this all possible!
From The President
Written by Tammy McAuley
Thursday, October 15, 2015
We’ve posted stories about how your donations make such a difference in the day-to-day lives of the ferals & strays that come to us with injuries and illness. Almost daily I make choices about what care, what extent of care we can provide. Our latest is Remington. We’ve had Remington in foster for a couple months. He came from a colony that is clearly inbred and they have health issues. Remington had upper respiratory symptoms that required successive antibiotics and only keeping him on a maintenance dose of clindamycin kept the URI at bay, while a rattling sound became more and more evident in his breathing. It seemed likely that there was a growth or polyp causing the rattle. His visit to Veterinary Specialty Center in Buffalo Grove resulted in a clear diagnosis. They are wonderful professionals, all in one location and worth the trip.
It is definitely a nasopharyngeal polyp. They could feel it for themselves. There were two options, go in and yank it out - often don't get the whole root and the polyp is back in a year or two (think the movie Total Recall where they grab that ball out of the nose - Ughhhh!) and still need the surgery. Or surgery now, where they go in thru the ear and get the whole polyp, sure for certain. We are definitely doing the second option as we want Remington to have the longest, most uncomplicated life possible. This will not be cheap, while we get a Rescue discount, the quote is for over $3,200. That would completely wipe out our fundraiser, IF we achieve our goal of $3,000.
There is no one else to help Remington but you. Through your donations to "As If They Were Our Own", he will get this surgery and life for Remington will improve almost immediately and long into his future.
Please help us, help them!
It’s all about the numbers. Numbers are how we evaluate, benchmark progress, compare to others.
When we first started Feral Fixers, I was convinced that 3,000 spay/neuters was the goal. Then we achieved 5,000 and I was certain the end was in sight. By the end of October we will surpass 8,200 spay/neuters. M A Y B E, when we pass 10,000 things will slow down?
If you follow us on Facebook, we recently encountered a colony of 70+ cats. Yes, there were multiple businesses involved, but it was essentially one colony. Largest situation I had ever encountered other than a hoarder that had over 100. The hoarder was easier in one way – you knew when you had the last cat – you had opened ever door, cupboard, looked in every duct, it was cat-free. Outside colonies – individuals may only show up occasionally depending on many variables but still have impact on the colony, that one teenage kitten might wander off and start production in the spring all over again. We know that once we have a location on our radar, its there forever. We may finally find the source of those new cats that have shown up in a 6 block area consistently, having never known the origin before. This happened two weeks ago when we learned of a garage with 15+ cats living inside, then the location across the street from it that had more than a dozen, and so on, resulting in at least 40 cats that needed to be TNR’d.
We are averaging 1,000 spay/neuters a year and bringing approximately 400 kittens and friendlies inside each year. Everyone in TNR asks, “what if we hadn’t been doing this – how much euthanization would be going on?” A tremendous number of cats and kittens would be euthanized each year, each month, each week, if we were not doing TNR.
Thank you to everyone who helps us with our NUMBERS!
Audios / Visuals of the Week
Written by TheArtistFormerlyKnownAsKatt
Monday, September 22, 2014
Despite our best efforts, uninformed people still ask the age old question; "Who's smarter, cats or dogs?"
Behold Exhibit A: (my favorite part is the dog still believing what the cat told him :))