USDA purges animal welfare information from its website Print E-mail
The Feral Blog
Written by Ted Semon   
Tuesday, February 14, 2017

The Washington Post recently ran an article about the Federal Government abruptly removing the Animal Welfare information from its website.

From the article; "...In a statement, the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service cited court rulings and privacy laws for the decision, which it said was the result of a “comprehensive review” that took place over the past year. It said the removed documents, which also included records of enforcement actions against violators of the Animal Welfare Act and the Horse Protection Act, would now be accessible only via Freedom of Information Act Requests..."

Obviously this is a huge blow to those people who care about the welfare of animals. While many might blame this on the Trump administration, a review of the facts shows that this type of information on the Federal government website was starting to get removed / redacted last fall under the Obama Administration.

It makes no difference, of course, which administration is to blame for this - the records should be restored.

HSUS is now suing the Federal Government to restore these records. HSUS has a history of having to sue the Government to get this information and, according to the HSUS story, "The agency’s precipitous decision to purge virtually all AWA and HPA enforcement documentation – just two weeks after President Trump assumed office — violates the plain terms of the settlement and a federal court order. It also runs contrary to Congressional provisions in 1996 and 2016 designed to increase transparency and electronic access to information.

Let's hope that their lawsuit is successful and quickly bears fruit. If you want to add your voice to theirs, you can sign the HSUS petition.

The ASPCA also has a petition which you can sign here.

January 21st Adoption Event Print E-mail
The Feral Blog
Written by Sue Lee   
Sunday, January 22, 2017

Fiona in her Valentine Day Hat
It felt more like a spring day than the middle of January when we held our adoption event at the PetSmart at 63 Rice Lake Square in Wheaton on Saturday, 1/21. The warm weather may have encouraged people to come out as we had many folks stop by to meet our kitties and several completed adoption applications.

4 cats and kittens went home during the event.

Lenny won the heart of a very nice couple from Oak Park. We were all delighted for Lenny to find a loving home! Lenny will be sharing his home with two dogs, and he is not a big fan of dogs, so I will be following up to make sure things go OK.

After some deliberation and a few eventful get-acquainted sessions (including retrieving the kittens from behind the vending machine in the PetSmart break room!), Harry and Brandy were the choice of a great family from Elgin. They had a hard time selecting two. We suggested three, but they settled on these two. Yes, we decided to split up Harry & Hastings. Their foster mom said that they were spending less time together, and I expect that Harry and Brandy will bond in pretty short order.

Not wanting to be left behind, Hastings charmed his way into the hearts of a nice family from Lombard. He will have another cat, dog and 3 cat-friendly :-) children to keep him company, so he will get plenty of attention.

3 other folks also completed applications and I am following up with them. Brodie and Bridget caught the eye of several folks. Cheri also completed the adoption of JoJo at her home during the event.

So it was a very busy and successful day. In addition to the adoption activities, we handed out flyers to our upcoming Panera Bread fundraiser on Tuesday, 2/14, 4-8pm at the Panera at 25 Rice Lake Square in Wheaton (see Feral Fixers web site for more info). Thanks to Sara and Christine for working with Tammy to help pull that information together. Fiona (our animantronic cat) sported her Valentine's Day hat and her new sidekick (yet to be named) sported a dinosaur hat, both knitted by Debbie. Lauren did a great job with the cage cards, as always, and Julie added some Valentine's pizzazz to the event by decorating the cages with hearts, Xs & Os!

21 kittens (Ava, Kevin, Bonita, Chickie, Zeke, Channing, Mystic, Brighty, Oriana, Brodie, Bridget, Brandy, Hollis, Hopscotch, Darby, Harry, Hastings, Tattoo, Timothy, Beaver & Bali) and 2 adult cats (Lenny & Mary) were the stars of our show. Everyone did very well.

Many thanks to the fosters who brought their cats & kittens to the event and stayed as much as they could to promote them and interact with potential adopters, namely Bonnie, Niki, Debbie, Diane, Jillian, Candy, Cheri and Kim. Special thanks to Debbie for transporting the kitties to/from our mini-shelter, and to Judy for helping coordinate the list of attendees. Thanks also to Nikki for taking Oriana to foster since Harry & Hastings were adopted.

Many thanks also to the volunteers who helped with the set-up and clean-up of the event as well as interacting with our guests, namely Sara, Lauren, Laurel, Bonnie, Christine, Jill, Debbie, Cheri and Julie. Special thanks to Sara and Christine for being great partners with the adoption screening as well as completing the adoption contracts. Thanks to Lauren for supplying all of our adopters with wonderful Comfort for Critters blankets. Thanks to Jillian for helping enter our adoption data into PetSmart's system.

Julie, Candy and Connie - thanks much for the photography/videography/social media coverage of our event. Connie and Ted - Thanks for promoting our event on our web site and Facebook. Mike - Thanks for the updates to the Adoptable Cats & Kittens binder. Debbie - Thanks for the updates to the Adoptable Cats & Kittens board.

Again, another very successful team effort :-)

I am waiting to hear back on available dates at PetSmart in February to schedule our next event. PetSmart National Adoption weekend is February 17-19, so we will have an event at the PetSmart at 63 Rice Lake Square that weekend, likely on Sunday, 2/19. Please stay tuned for our upcoming schedule.

Thank you PetSmart! Print E-mail
The Feral Blog
Written by Sue Lee   
Sunday, January 22, 2017

As most of you know, Feral Fixers has had a long-standing relationship with the PetSmart located in Rice Lake Square in Wheaton. We have held many, many Adoption Events there and have always been treated wonderfully.

In addition to hosting this past Saturday's Adoption Event, PetSmart also 'sweetened the deal' and donated lots and lots of cat food to us - wonderful!

Thank you to PetSmart and all the great people that work there!

2017 Is Right Around The Corner! Print E-mail
From The President
Written by Tammy McAuley   
Tuesday, December 20, 2016

We’ve had an incredible year! Another 1,000+ cats neutered, many locations resolved, so many kittens and friendlies have come inside to live out their lives, we will probably do 300 adoptions this year alone! We have done this despite a reduction in surgery availability and a doubling to tripling of our costs. We have done this with wonderful donors and supporters but with very few volunteers and very few fosters – come join us in 2017 as we strive to TNR as many as we can, as early as we can in the year, continuing our lasting impact on the ferals and strays in the DuPage area! And please continue to donate to keep the cats of DuPage County healthy and cared for!

Frosty Claws on January 15th!

This will be our NINTH Frosty Claws! Come join us at the Villa Park VFW on Sunday, January 15th from 12 noon to 4 PM for food, fun & prizes! Keep in mind that it might be crowded but you will not find another event like this one!

If you would like to donate to our Silent Auction or door prizes, the cut-off for donations is 1/2/17 – it takes time to do justice to the wonderful items that we receive! Remember – new in the package or unique or vintage or hand-crafted should be your guidelines – if your brother or sister wouldn’t bid on it, who would? Items come together from different sources to make some really special gift baskets. Volunteers for transporting stuff, setting up, tearing down, baking, helping during the event are more than welcome, we can use the help! Please contact Tammy at 630-881-3977 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with donations or volunteer offers! YOU are what makes this event so special – we look forward to seeing you on January 15th!!!

Time Is Precious And So Are The Cats

We may not have time to respond to all phone calls, send all the thank-you notes that we should, details can get missed, but we always respond when there are cats in need. From the tiny kittens in the window well, the feral with upper respiratory so bad that it is life-threatening, the cat that was seen dragging its leg, we respond as soon as we can, as best we can. We actually ran out of time this year to have our usual “As If They Were Our Own” fundraiser, there’s only so much we can fit into a year! Despite that, we continued to care for those cats that had no one to provide funds to resolve their health issues. We also don’t take pictures of cats that are in ill-health and questionable survivability until we know they are on the other side of their emergency – and often are so caught up in caring for the cats that pictures are the furthest thing from our minds! So, we’re going to tell you about a few interventions from 2016, even if we don’t have a lot of pictures!

“Q” kittens – these 5 kittens came to us at 5 weeks, doing well. Fall kittens often have more issues than other times of the year though. Soon, they all had varying degrees of intestinal parasite, upper respiratory and viral illnesses. Three were hospitalized on fluids and close monitoring. We have lost three, but so far Quade and Quincy are doing well. Illness can strike kittens at any time, from a few weeks to 6 months, there is no predicting when and what and often siblings have the same illness tendencies. These kittens alone incurred expenses of $1,000+ at the vet.

Last January, we took in Chapman, an older friendly, estimated to be between 10 and 14 years old. He was front paw declawed, emaciated, dehydrated, not well at all. He is in a foster home, recently had a dental and a diagnosis of thyroid disease and is doing extremely well with his daily medication which is rubbed on his ears. He has claimed his spot on the couch and is totally fine with the other cats as long as they don’t crowd his spot! It is not only the funds for his medical needs but the long-term care that we have provided for him to live in comfort and health.

Upton joined us last month, showed up as an already neutered friendly at a colony. He was in reasonably good shape and only required updating on vaccines, flea treatment and a snap test in order to be considered completely adoptable – that is a $100 expense that we encounter as a minimum for most adult, neutered friendlies we take in.

In the course of a year we facilitate dozens and dozens of treatments for the ferals who live outside, from a shot of Convenia (long acting antibiotic) for wounds and upper respiratory, housing for recovery from injuries from cars or other animals, the list is really too long! We do not demand payment from the caretakers of these cats (if they are even known), we ask for donations, but would never refuse treatment if treatment is possible. And if not possible, we help with that, too.

The economy is tougher, more people have heard of us, our expenses for health care have gone up, we appreciate so much all of the donations we have received in order to continue to care for the cats of DuPage County! Please tell your friends and family about the great work that we do and continue to support us as you have done so wonderfully for the past NINE years!

We thank our donors for making 2016 a rewarding year for the cats!

We look forward to 2017!


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