What a busy weekend it has been! In celebration of National Feral Cat Day (October 16th), we had two adoption events this weekend. One on Saturday, 10/15, at the PetSmart at 63 Rice Lake Square in Wheaton, and another on Sunday, 10/16, at the Pet Supplies Plus at 720 E. Ogden Ave. in Naperville.
We had a wonderful collection of cats and kittens at both events. 14 kittens (Scrumptious, Scrabble, Scuba, Schnapps, Bella, PawPaw, Bali, Beaver, Amber, Blue, Amory, Creole, Honeydew, Papaya) and 3 adults (Cheyenne, Dory, Victor) attended the event on Saturday. 9 kittens (Harry, Hastings, Saki, Casino, Beau, ChaCha, Christos, Chika, Leia) and 3 adults (Rueland, Pinto, Luther) attended the event on Sunday. Everyone did very well - even those who were first timers at an adoption event!
We were at a new location in the PetSmart store - along the center aisle, but at the back of the store. Fortunately, we still got pretty good foot traffic and gave out a number of business cards. The kittens also got some dog exposure, as we were right on the path to the grooming salon! We had one adoption at the event on Saturday, another adoption to a pre-approved adopter which will happen later this week, and another potential adopter who completed an application.
Blue went home with wonderful, recently married couple from Lombard. He will be their first furry child. They are planning to adopt a puppy to be his companion.
Amory will be going home later this week with a nice couple from Westmont, once he has received his final vaccinations.
A gal completed an application at the event, and has expressed interest in arranging a visit with Cheyenne in her foster home.
Sunday was a bit quieter at the Pet Supplies Plus in Naperville, probably due to the Bears game. We still had a number of guests visit with our cats & kittens.
Luther was at the front of his cage meowing and attracted a good amount of attention. A young man expressed interest in Luther as a companion for his very active 11 yr old Bengal mix male cat. Debbie thought the two of them would hit is off well. I am following up.
Another pre-approved adopter came to meet ChaCha with her pit bull mix puppy. Although the puppy was quite energetic and talkative, ChaCha did not seem to mind a bit and cuddled nicely in the potential adopters arms. We are scheduling a follow-up visit in the foster home and discussing Channing as a possible companion for ChaCha.
So, all in all, a good weekend with good opportunities for us to spread our message about TNR and give our adoptable cats & kittens more social interaction time. Fiona, our animatronic cat, was sporting her Pumpkin hat at both events - in honor of the upcoming holiday!
Many thanks to the volunteers and fosters who made the events this weekend a success, particularly those who helped out both days! We had two new volunteers on Saturday - Christine and Jenna - many thanks to you, and I hope you will join us again! Thanks also to Lauren, Debbie, Laurel, Sara and Bernie for working around your schedules and being there as much as you could on both Saturday and Sunday. We all deserve a rest!
Many thanks also to the fosters who adjusted their schedules to bring their cats and kittens to this two day event and promote their kittens during the event, specifically Jan, Diane, Peggy, Christine, Laura, Marissa's parents, Marjorie, Nikki, Karen, Candy, Debbie, and Jeremy. Your participation was key to a successful event! Special thanks also to Nikki and Debbie for transporting other foster's kittens to the Sunday event.
Thanks also to Candy for handling the photography and videography for Sunday event, to Laurel and Sara for handling the photography at the Saturday event, to Connie and Ted for doing a great job of promoting the event, to Mike for updating the Adoptable Cats & Kittens binder and to Debbie for updating the Adoptable Cats & Kittens board. Thanks to Lauren for creating the cage cards in advance for both days.
Our next adoption event is Saturday, 10/29, at the PetSmart at 63 Rice Lake Square in Wheaton, 11am-3pm. With Halloween just around the corner, costumes are welcome!
Taking a break...
The Feral Blog
Written by Tammy McAuley
Sunday, October 09, 2016
Feral Fixers will not be neutering any cats from 10/17/16 to 10/24/16. No cats should be trapped. None should be brought to any volunteers during this time period.
Please spread the word to everyone you know who has the potential of trapping during this time period.
TwoBostons canned food donations & contest
The Feral Blog
Written by Ted Semon
Thursday, October 06, 2016
TwoBostons is continuing their canned food competition which started during the recent Adoption Event. In addition, you can purchase cases of canned cat food for Feral Fixers and TwoBostons will match it on a Four-for-One basis!
All you have to do is to tell the cashier that you want to purchase a case of canned cat food for Feral Fixers. They will charge you $36 and will then reserve FOUR cases of cat food for Feral Fixers!
In addition, the competition for "Most canned cat food purchased for an Animal Welfare organization" is also still running - this will include individual cans of cat food purchased as well as cases.
The contest ends October 9th, so visit TwoBostons (2523 W 75th Street in Naperville) and tell the cashier you want to purchase one (or more?) cases of canned cat food for Feral Fixers.
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. https://www.animalsheltering.org/blog/finding-new-source-inspiration 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.
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!
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
to sign up!