6/27 PetSmart Adoption Event! Print E-mail
The Feral Blog
Written by Ted Semon   
Sunday, June 28, 2015

On Saturday, June 27th, Feral Fixers held another in its series of Adoption Events, this one at the PetSmart store in Rice Lake Square in Wheaton. Feral Fixers Board Member and Adoption Coordinator Sue gives us the details:

"What a beautiful day for an adoption event at PetSmart today, Saturday, 6/27! We had 18 wonderful cats and kittens in attendance:

* Eagle, Freedom and Mojo - adorable 4 month old boys, who were front & center, and caught a lot of folks' attention

* Bootsie & Tigger - sweet & petite 3 month old sisters, who will be added to our PetFinder page shortly

* Willa (our sweet, social & highly active 11 mo old mom) and her 3 mo old son Addison

* Freddie - our mascot from the Shred 4 Rescues event last weekend - he was a social as ever, greeting all of the visitors

* Winthrop - a sweet guy with a cute stub tail, who was not sure that hanging out in a cage was the best way to spend his Saturday

* Harley - our striking gray tuxedo kitten who shows is playful nature best in his foster home

* Lucas - our handsome buff boy who likes his belly rubs

* Jackie - a pretty little white & black girl who curled up in her pink bed when she was not greeting visitors

* Castle - our gorgeous black long hair male whose eyes captured a potential adopter

* Storm - a handsome black boy who was beginning to enjoy meeting new people at this, his second, PetSmart event

* Zeke & Zeva - who handled their first PetSmart event pretty well

* Biju & Victor - 2 wonderfully loving young males who best show their true personality in their foster home

While the day started out a bit slow in terms of visitors, things picked up in the afternoon, and we took in applications from folks interested in Freddie, Winthrop or Willa and Castle. There were also potential adopters interested in Mojo and Freddie whom Sue will follow up with. Hopefully some of these contacts will result in forever homes for these great cats & kittens!

The afternoon ended with a foster from West Suburban Humane Society (WSHS) stopping by with some of the former Feral Fixers kittens that have been transferred to WSHS that she is fostering. They were not old enough to have their surgery and be available for adoption, but they were certainly available for lots of cuddling.

Many thanks to the volunteers who helped with this event - Joanna, Toni, Lauren, Arlene, Debbie and Bethany! Many thanks also to the fosters who brought or arranged to bring their fosters - Monica, Julie & Vy, Cheri, Kim, Michelle, Joanna, Debbie & Bethany!

Thanks also to Joanna for taking photos at the event, Connie for doing a great job of posting the event (despite the limited info she was given), and to Tammy for stopping by show her support."

Thank you Sue!

Festival of Kittens! Print E-mail
The Feral Blog
Written by Ted Semon   
Saturday, June 27, 2015

Feral Fixers participated in a new event, the 2015 Festival of Kittens. Feral Fixers Board Member and Adoption Coordinator Sue gives us the details:

"Feral Fixers had the opportunity to participate in the 2015 Festival of Kittens held at ADOPT Pet Shelter in Naperville on Friday, 6/26. The event was well planned out and included educational presentations, interaction time for the kids with ADOPT's adoptable kittens, a raffle drawing, & yummy refreshments. The evening culminated with the GREAT KITTEN RACE!

ADOPT invited representatives from several partner organizations to participate in the event, including Anna Payton from the Naperville Humane Society, Norma Gobert from Paws and Purrs of Aurora/Montgomery, and Tammy McAuley/Sue Lee from Feral Fixers.

Presentations were provided on a number of cat/kitten related topics, including:

- Welcome & Introductions by Chris Stirn, executive director at ADOPT

- Preventing & Dealing with Problem Cat Behaviors by Leanne, animal behavior specialist, from ADOPT

- What to do when your find a Stray Cat or Kittens by Sue Lee & Tammy McAuley from Feral Fixers

- Volunteer Opportunities at ADOPT by Jill, volunteer coordinator at ADOPT

While attendance was a bit lighter than folks may have hoped (likely due to the poor weather & road construction), everyone in attendance participated in the activities, had a great time, and made good cross-organizational connections. Many thanks to Debbie Mostowski & Lauren Byrd from Feral Fixers for coming and showing their support!

We thank ADOPT (particularly Chris Stirn and Lori Dicke) for the opportunity to participate in this event and the continuing partnership in taking in Feral Fixers' cats & kittens and finding them good homes. We are at 65+ cats & kittens having been transferred from Feral Fixers to ADOPT in 2015 and counting!"

Thanks Sue!

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The Feral Blog
Written by Ted Semon   
Thursday, June 25, 2015

Feral Fixers brought in 33 more cats to the "PAWS-Chicago Spay/Neuter clinic on Thursday to be fixed. Feral Fixers Tammy gives us the trip details:

"Charli & Debbie made the AM trip. There was not an inch to spare in their vehicles, we maxed them out!

Rita & Judy & Heather made the PM pickup.

It was a late night, they weren't even supposed to be there til 6PM and traffic was really bad for some reason, so they got back to my house at 8:20 = late.

Everyone stood around swatting the enormous number of mosquitoes the rains have brought while the copies were made.

10 friendlies

23 ferals

18 females

15 males

One feral was already neutered and chipped, we'll find out where he came from tomorrow, he isn't one of "ours."

One of our ferals had a huge abscess under his eye which PAWS flushed and he got a convenia shot, we'll hold onto him at least an extra day and see if the inflammation goes down quickly.

Klementine, who gave birth at PAWS seven weeks ago, went for her return trip to be spayed - her six beautiful kittens are now in a West Suburban Humane Society foster. So strange to see them when they are just 2 inches long and just a few ounces and then all of a sudden they are over a pound and furry and hissy because they are scared :)!

Heather is working on TNR in Aurora, we often get called on hoarder cases and I told her she had passed another milestone when she had "kittens drop on her from the ceiling" in the house. Until you hear it happened to someone else, you don't realize what a unique club you've joined! Sometimes in a hoarder house, the moms have nowhere else safe to take their kittens.

32 this trip, 90 for the month, 399 for the year, 7,677 from the beginning."

And a huge "Thank You" to our super-volunteers Charli, Debbie, Rita, Judy and Heather!

June tunes... Print E-mail
From The President
Written by Tammy McAuley   
Monday, June 01, 2015

No Cats June 11th

No cats will be transported to PAWS on June 11th. Taking a much needed break. Actually need more than one week, but it will have to do. Tell everyone you know, forward the information, cat gets into a trap we will give you the directions to go to PAWS yourself, have a good trip. We will be back at it on the 18th. See you then.

Indoor & Outdoor Cats Are Our Canaries In A Mineshaft

Back in the days when coal miners worked far beneath the earth in tiny shafts, bad air would build up – natural gas & methane & more. An early warning system they utilized (before mechanical air systems) was to bring a cage with a bird in it down into the shaft with them. When it fell over, it was time to exit the shaft – fast. Canaries are no longer used in this fashion, but the phrase “canaries in a mineshaft” sticks with us as a measurement of hazards we encounter. Feral cats and cats in general seem to be our environmental (both in-home and outdoors) alarms of hazards we are willingly tolerating for ourselves with a long-term negative outcome for the cats. It's not an immediate response but should be taken seriously.

Recently I was asked my opinion on why cats seem to all get sick with the same ailments, kidney, thyroid and cancer. So when this article popped up, I decided to share it with you (the original report is here).

And, while talking about dangers in the home, second hand smoke is a very real threat; see here and here (also on our facebook).

Being a “cat resource” we often get calls about the symptoms that cats are exhibiting and the pet parents are frustrated because they can’t find a reason for the eye and nose drainage, the sores that are developing on the cats’ bodies, etc. I’ve taken to asking whether the pet parent smokes, following up with asking how many scented products they use in their home. Even if you smoke out on the patio, the smoke blows in and is on your clothing. Even tho the scented fabric softener vents to the outside, the carpet deodorizer gets vacuumed up, the automatic air freshener only goes off once an hour, the cats are in your home 24/7 and the toxicity builds in their system of all the chemicals in the cigarettes, cleansers and fresheners. Several people have quit smoking and removed chemicals in their homes to find that their cats resolve all the symptoms that were so mystifying.

While research has not been done on cats in regards to the environmental effects of pesticides and herbicides, it is having an impact on children who play on treated soccer fields – it is sure to have similar impact on smaller creatures who spend their lives on our lawns.

Since we’ve been doing this for more than seven years, we’ve seen how the environment the cats are living in can impact successive generations. We’ve seen how three different cats from a neighborhood all come down with cancer by the time they are five. Seen where cats living in an industrial area all have food allergies and chronic health conditions. We don’t have the time or finances to do a complete study, it’s all anecdotal, but should not be disregarded.

Cats start out at just a few ounces and average 10 to 20 pounds upon adulthood. Ingesting chemicals their whole lives can have extreme ramifications. These are chemicals that have been tested on a very limited basis on the theory that only 100+ lb humans would encounter them intermittently – and still they have nasty side effects! Cats are our canaries in the mine shaft, please consider them when making purchases and decisions that can affect not only your pets but feral cats that roam our lawns!

Our Numbers Are Lower This Year

While we are only down 61 cats from last year at this time, it comes after 7 years of steady growth numbers. Hopefully one of the reasons our numbers are lower than last years’ so far is that there are, in fact, fewer cats remaining to be neutered. But also it is because we just don’t have a sufficient number of volunteers to do many of the numerous tasks that need doing.

• All of our weekly transporters have developed health issues that are resulting in their taking several months off from transport – which reduces the numbers we are able to take in to the clinic.

• Many of the people who helped by coordinating caretakers and trapping around where they live or work are no longer able to do so = we just can’t get to the cats in a timely manner, or are using lots of gas and time to do so.

• Many of our fosters have had life changes and are no longer able to foster our friendly adults or kittens = volunteers who did trapping are now fostering.

And the list goes on.

Everyone has lives of their own. We understand that. We are really tired tho.

There are still cats to be done. Please contact us to volunteer!

Kittens, Kittens, Kittens

Not all of our shelter partners have been able to take kittens, but West Suburban Humane Society and ADOPT of Naperville have been going neck and neck in accepting litters of kittens and adults from us. Every week we are on the phone to see what they can absorb from us – which means that their fosters are doing a great job, too!

We’re being very careful to get the kittens from each location this year, even more than ever before. We do not want even one to stay, remain unneutered and make more for the following year, or even yet THIS year. Everyone we talk to has seen a reduction in the numbers of kittens they are receiving, which is absolutely music to our ears. And we are having even greater success in trapping the moms at the same time so that they cannot go on to make more.

When you hear something over and over, it tends to lose its impact, yet we must announce again:


It can’t be emphasized enough! We have said before that it is not an easy job, but it is very rewarding and so necessary. Until we “fill up” our shelter partners, the kittens go to them as soon as they are eating on their own and healthy. After the shelter fosters are full, we hold onto the kittens until they are of age to be neutered and socialized enough to go out on the adoption floor. Once we fill up that space, our fosters hold onto the kittens until they are adopted. We promote the cats those shelters have taken because every adoption creates more room for cats to come in. We try to keep the flow going all summer long as best we can, we absolutely would prefer to adopt out cats than hold onto them. The commitment therefore could be just a week or two, a month or several months, depending on the “market” flow. Some kittens may be moved between several fosters before they find their furrever home – which can result in a very well-rounded cat! Takes a village is absolutely true.

Fundraisers & Events

We love it when a merchant wants to help us help the cats! We have a Jamberry Nails fundraiser starting June 1st and check out our Flower Power fundraiser – shop for Feral Fixers from the comfort of your online “home”! Citadel Information Management is doing their part to protect your identity by hosting Shred4Rescues on June 20th, Feral Fixers will be there – please stop by and say hello! We are always interested in offering events and merchandise where our donors can get/do what they want/need and benefit Feral Fixers as well. Please keep us in mind!

Who's smarter? Print E-mail
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 :))

Cats rule, dogs drool...


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