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Reminder - Barkapalooza is this coming Sunday Print E-mail
The Feral Blog
Written by Ted Semon   
Friday, September 23, 2016

The West Suburban Humane Society will be hosting their annual BarkaPALooza event from 10am (early event registration begins at 9:30am) to 2pm at the Lisle Park District located at 1825 Short St in Lisle and Feral Fixers will be hosting a booth there. The 2007 BarkaPALooza was the very first event that Feral Fixers hosted a booth at and it's always a great time - especially if you like dogs!

West Suburban has posted the official event page here. We'll see you there!

3 Clinics, 4 Cars Print E-mail
The Feral Blog
Written by Tammy McAuley   
Friday, September 23, 2016

51 Cats in this Garage
Fall is when the cats are so much easier to trap - they are eating more, getting ready for winter, they are hungrier, and their libidos are winding down! As a result, we had more cats on hand than we could handle for Thursday, 9/22/16!

When the numbers were climbing we placed a call to ADOPT's spay/neuter clinic and they could absorb 15 surgeries. When, still more showed up, Glen Ellyn Animal Hospital said they could accommodate 5. This is a total of 45 cats! And we still curtailed more than 6 others that could have had surgery. We used 3 clinics and four vehicles to get the cats to and from in AM & PM.

Twinks made a cave out of shredding newspaper!
PAWS - Debbie and Charli transported in the morning and Debbie and Dedra picked up. There were friendlies and 22 ferals, 10 males and 15 females.

ADOPT - Judy and Sue split the transport duties with 3 friendlies and 12 ferals, 6 males and 9 females.

One of the four vehicles
Glen Ellyn - 5 feral cats made the trip, 4 males and one already spayed female that, as luck would have it needed a dental badly so it was good she went to GEAH and her chip traced back to the Buddy Foundation and they are taking her back to find out what happened and either return her or find her a new home.

So, 44 cats for 9/22/16, 129 for September, 692 for the year and 9,127 since our beginning in 2007. And we still have more trips for September! Sheesh!

Ya Get So Busy Doin' Print E-mail
The Feral Blog
Written by Tammy McAuley   
Friday, September 23, 2016

37 Cats & Kittens Spent the Night
We get so busy doing all the things that are needed that we can't always report WHAT we're doing! Since our 9,000th cat on 9/1, we have not slowed down.

On 9/2, ADOPT Pet Shelter's s/n clinic processed 20 cats for us, 17 friendlies, 3 ferals with 11 males and 9 females.

On 9/7, Glen Ellyn Animal Hospital neutered 4 friendly females for us!

ADOPT on a beautiful day!
On 9/8, PAWS neutered 11 cats, 1 friendly and 10 ferals composed of 5 males and 6 females.

On 9/12, Glen Ellyn helped us with 4 friendlies and 1 feral, 3 females and 2 males in that batch.

Some of the Kittens that need Fostering
9/15, PAWS neutered 25 cats, 3 friendlies and 22 ferals with 18 females and 7 males. And Glen Ellyn spayed one friendly female for us on the same day.

To do this, we relied on the transport help of Debbie, Charli, Dedra, Sue, Judy, Laura and probably some other folks that I'm forgetting! This was a total of 66 cats for these trips, 85 for September, 648 for the year and 9,083 since our beginning.

And we're not done - see our update about 9/22 to follow!

Just one Day... Print E-mail
From The President
Written by Tammy McAuley   
Monday, July 04, 2016

On June 30th Feral Fixers sent the last group for the month of June into PAWS. Of 27 cats, 24 were ferals and 3 were friendlies. We could have sent more friendlies but PAWS was already overbooked – they did over 100 surgeries that day once again! There were 7 males and 20 females. One female feral had a hernia repair – good to know that she won’t have that looming in her future now. We couldn’t make room for one friendly kitten, so we sent him to Glen Ellyn because we had a shelter willing to take him if he was neutered first, and then able to join his siblings who were already there. With these 28, our total for June is 94, total for year is 370 and since we began in 2007 we have neutered 8, 805.

Included are some pictures from our trip to PAWS. Along with trapping the 24 ferals, I think we also trapped another TWENTY kittens who were too young to go into PAWS. Until they have the room to go into a crate, they stay in the traps. Being alone in the traps is hard, but it furthers the taming process. They are dependent on us for care and having no one else, we become the best thing. Its not easy, putting them thru this, but it is the fastest way to a happy kitten. There’s a picture of 13, waiting for the next step. There’s a picture of one feral that made a cave from her newspapers – we’ve had a lot of shredders this year!

Debbie & Charli did transport in the AM and Debbie & Dedra picked the cats up and brought them back at the end of the day.

During the course of the day, more kittens were caught, plus the original 13, plus the 27 that came back from PAWS. This requires a lot of resources. When they come back, they get a meal – one meal for this many on this day was thirteen 13oz cans. We give them just canned for this meal as their throats might not be up to dry food. The following day, the amount of canned is reduced but made up for by adding a half cup of dry food each. The cans of food are mixed with water in order to ensure their water intake is kept up. After using many different vessels, we now take Styrofoam hamburger clam shells, cut them in half and each is a dish capable of handling the soupy food without breaking down.

Drowning Babies in the River

Animal Sheltering is a magazine produced by the Humane Society of the United States, their recent e-magazine included an article on finding a new source of inspiration to continue in Rescue. Many people have heard the story of the starfish = if I can save just this one, I’ve made a difference for at least this one is how it goes. There’s another story that is new to me - the Drowning Babies in the River tale. The story goes like this:

One summer in the village, the people in the town gathered for a picnic. As they leisurely shared food and conversation, someone noticed a baby in the river, struggling and crying. The baby was going to drown! Someone rushed to save the baby. Then, they noticed another screaming baby in the river, and they pulled that baby out. Soon, they saw more babies and were pulling them out as fast as they could. They were exhausted, and the whole town had to work together to keep more babies from drowning. So when people saw two of the townspeople starting to run up the river bank, they shouted for them to stop. “Where are you going?" they yelled. "We need you here to help us save these babies!”

“We are going to stop whoever is throwing them in!”

TNR is doing its best to march up that river and stop the babies being thrown in. This story really struck me. When you read the rest of the article, yes, there are other things you can do, but the only way for those other programs to work is to reduce the number of animals that they have to support. Our “townspeople” are exhausted and the resources to care for the cats already here will never be enough. We have got to prevent their arrival.

Kitten Shower

A wonderful time was had by all at Feral Fixers’ first annual Kitten Shower! We’ve heard nothing but compliments from attendees about the food, the silent auction, door prizes, gift bags, the whole thing!

We are extremely grateful to everyone who participated, donated and had a good time! We had a lot of Kitten Shower gifts that were immediately useful - the Kitten Avalanche began in earnest just days after! Our Boutique and the Recycled2New booths were busy during the whole event. So many people generously donated to our June is for Kittens Giving Grid, we will be doing that fundraiser in the future, too.

Thank you for making it worthwhile to host this event! Our donors do so much for us, we enjoy giving them a good time in thanks!

Upcoming Events

We have a lot of events on our roster coming up this Summer and Fall.

7/9 Our first Pet Supplies Plus Adoption event – the Ogden Ave./Naperville store – hope to see you there!

8/27 is the Shred4Rescues in Westmont – Citadel Information Management donates the proceeds from this event to several animal rescues in the area – save up your documents and dispose of them safely!

9/17 DuPage County Animal Care & Control Fall Festival

9/25 West Suburban Humane Society’s Barkapalooza – hundreds of happy dogs!

10/1 Two Bostons of Naperville is holding an Adoptathon! Always a good time!

10/16 National Feral Cat Day – stay tuned to learn more about our even on that day!

We can always use more smiling faces to represent Feral Fixers at these events! Please contact us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to sign up!

A Christmas miracle Print E-mail
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Written by TheArtistFormerlyKnownAsKatt   
Wednesday, December 23, 2015

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