August 5th trip to GEAH and an update on Maynard Print E-mail
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Written by Tammy McAuley   
Monday, August 14, 2017

Ready to go to GEAH!
On Thursday, August 10th, we sent 5 friendlies and one feral to GEAH. Debbie transported in and picked up. We had 5 females and one male. This brings our total to 55 for August, 514 for the year and 9,959 since we began. We are just 41 cats shy of our 10,000th cat!!! We will be taking cats this Thursday to PAWS - the following week will probably bring us to #10,000!


This Thursday is also Black Cat Awareness Day! We spent the first half of "kitten season" wondering where all the black kittens were - our mistake - they have arrived by the dozens in the second half! Please take a look at all the black cats we have for adoption and please look at our adoption partners' available kitties!


This Saturday is "Clear The Shelters" Day. While we do not have a shelter building and will not be part of the "CTS" Day, we will be at Kriser's in Glen Ellyn - come see our cats! We are hoping very hard to have significant adoptions that day and hope that area shelters like Naperville Area Humane Society and DuPage County Animal Control have great results that day which would allow transfer of more cats into their adoption areas.


Thank you for all your help!



Such a handsome boy!
And, remember Maynard?


I remember canned food mixed with water - mmmmm
He came to us in May with a severely injured leg and ear issue and he fell over - a LOT! After a month with me he still fell over but his leg was completely healed. His eardrum seemed to be bulging a bit but was sent home with ear meds.


Polyp
Two months later, not as tipsy but something bulging out of that ear. Back he comes. Very grumpy to be back, too - but I promised him no cone this time :). Not sure what it is, hoping its a polyp and the vet was able to twist it out entirely. Sent off for biopsy, it is just a polyp. Four days later, ear still draining, decided to risk an ear med approved for dogs that covers a whole gamut of ear issues and two days later no draining! His ear had been an issue for months and now may be resolved! Polyps can come back but we're crossing our fingers that he is finally fixed!


He's handsome, all muscle and purrs all the time. Thank you to everyone who donates to support cats like Maynard, you make all the difference in the world!

 
Groundhog day Print E-mail
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Written by Tammy McAuley   
Thursday, August 10, 2017

Lots of kittens BEFORE the majority showed up!
Every day seems the same anymore. Either getting ready for a trip to a spay/neuter clinic, the day of one or more trips, caring for the cats before and after and the almost daily trips to the local vet with injuries and health issues for the ferals and fosters and who knows what else!


Can’t keep up with paperwork, that’s why you get these blog posts in batches. So much is at a standstill because I’m always taking care of cats, here at my home. We need a building so that more people who are willing to help would have a facility to do that at.


The few of us that are the core of Feral Fixers are burnt out. It isn’t compassion fatigue, its caregiver fatigue. We never get a chance to take vacations like other people, all of our activities are centered around what we have to do for the cats that day, that week – and that’s about as far ahead as we can plan. Everyone keeps telling us, if people just knew what you guys do. Perhaps this bit of venting will give some insight.


We need a building, we need more volunteers, we need monetary donations to cover the huge number of adoptable kittens that we have been swamped with. Please donate to our Krazy for Kittens fundraiser – the information below certainly shows the need! We’ve had to curtail TNR – we had 65 kittens on hand and had to get them neutered in order to get them adopted! We have such a shortage of surgical slots that we cannot resume neutering ferals til at least 8/24 in order to get thru our backlog of kittens. If you look at the chart, we’re doing more adoptables than ferals and unless we can get more surgeries, that will continue to be the case – and we cannot let more litters be born!


Help us end our Groundhog Day!


We sent an additional 46 cats in July, bringing July’s total to 115, so far 49 in August which brings our year-to-date to 508 and our grand total to 9,953 since our beginning in 2007. We went to 3 different clinics, sometimes 2 per day, multiple times in a week, once again. Debbie, Charli, Dedra, Laura, Linda, Mark, Judy – all pitched in and transported! Thank you!!!


 
August 5th Adoption Event Print E-mail
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Written by Sue Lee   
Tuesday, August 08, 2017

The day started out in high gear at our adoption event on Saturday, 8/5, at the Wheaton PetSmart. We had 20 kittens (Baby Ruth, Snickers, Astrid, Laylani, Roxy, Plato, Plink, Poo-Bah, Popover, Larissa, Lando, Lauriana, Peter, Winnie, Boptcha, Babushka, Braveheart, Cecelia, Cedric, Cecil) and 2 adult cats (Bethany, BeeJay) as the stars of our show.


Several potential adopters came at the start of the event to meet our wonderful kittens and cats. One family was pre-approved and two others completed applications, vet checks were done in real time, and approval was granted for same day adoption. Another pre-approved family came by later in the day and selected their new little girl.


This all resulted in 4 kittens finding loving homes:

  • Braveheart was adopted by a great pet loving family in Wheaton and will be a special companion for their college age daughter, who is living at home. He will share his home with a 5 yr old female cat and 2 male Great Dane dogs.
  • Boptcha found a loving home with a nice family from Des Plaines. Their adult daughter selected her due the strong resemblance to her 20 yr old cat and Boptcha's sweet personality stole their heart. Boptcha will also have a 10 yr old female cat and 10 yr old male dog as companions.
  • Cecelia was adopted by a terrific family in Glendale Heights. They had been looking for awhile, but waited until their older cat passed to add a new kitten. Cecelia will have a 5 yr old female cat and two 10 yr old dogs as companions.
  • Astrid's beautiful silver coat and sweet personality won the heart of a great gal and her friend from Wheaton. Astrid will be her only kitty and the focus of all of her attention. They spent the evening preparing their home for Astrid's arrival and she went to her new home on Sunday.

In addition to these adoptions, we accepted other applications and handed out several cards and flyers. We also received a very generous donation of handmade fleeces and cat toys from Gabrielle Abogado at Pathways in Education. Many thanks to Gabrielle and her organization! It was a successful day :-)


During the 2 weeks since our last adoption event, 14 kittens (Albus & Allie, Alice & Almond, Brian & Brook, Bixby & Birney, Dasha & Dimitri, Snowdrop & Tulip, Sage, CJ) and 1 adult cat (Bette) have also found loving homes. We have lots to celebrate :-)


Many thanks to the volunteers (Sara, Bernie, Candy, Lauren, Debbie, Laurel) and fosters (Connie K, Diane, Karen, Mary, Mark, Julie, Judy) for making the day a success by greeting and interacting with our guests and helping to promote our wonderful cats & kittens! Once we got all of the linens from Debbie, when she arrived from picking up the kittens in the garage, set-up was a breeze, thanks to Laurel's, Sara's, and Bernie's help. Thanks to Debbie for handling the laundry - we will coordinate drop-off better next time! Clean-up also went smoothly, thanks to Bernie, Candy, Sara, Lauren, and Debbie.


Photography, videography and publicity before and during the event were also top notch, thanks to Connie B, Candy, Julie, and Ted! Thanks, Debbie, for the updates to the Adoptable Cats & Kittens board, and to Mike for the updates to the Adoptable Cats & Kittens binder. Thanks also to Lauren for the cute cage cards as well as the Comfort for Critters blankets that we gave our adopters.


Our next adoption event is Saturday, 8/19, at Kriser's Natural Pet Market at 674 Roosevelt Rd in Glen Ellyn.


Thanks,

Sue

 
Just Because You Don’t Hear From Us… Print E-mail
From The President
Written by Tammy McAuley   
Sunday, July 16, 2017

Don’t ever think because you don’t hear what we are doing that we are doing nothing. Between 6/29/17 and 7/13/17 we made 8 trips to 4 different spay/neuter clinics, multiple times in a day or week. We neutered a total of 94 cats in that time, 46 ferals, 48 friendlies, 40 males, 54 females. We ended June with a total for the month of 95 and so far in July we have neutered 69. This brings us to 413 for the year and 9,858 since our beginning. I’ve created a table to show our work – we don’t usually track kittens in this information but thought since the KrazyForKittens Fundraiser is going on now, you should see what those funds would go for – in just two weeks’ time we neutered 45 kittens! Most of these will be adopted thru us, 3 went to Naperville Area Humane Society and the total does not reflect the 4 or so adoptable adults that were neutered and we have up for adoption from this two week time period. Staggering, isn’t it?



We’re trying to do better about telling caretakers no. Its very hard but we’re trying to stick to just DuPage County. But would you be able to say no to a location that was reported to have 20 ferals and 20 kittens? So far that location has netted over 30 ferals and I’ve lost count of the kittens – around 30, I think, and its not done. Yes, it was in Cook County but the TNR group was not going to be able to get there and we had their blessing. 19 females so far and that does not count the kittens we haven’t neutered yet.


Many thanks to Charli, Dedra, Debbie, Laura, Ted, Linda & Mark for transporting!


We’re Always Asking For Donations


Yes, we can only continue to do this work if we have sufficient funds. We have some wonderful, generous people who support us but if we don’t ask, we don’t get. Knowing how much this year’s crop of kittens was going to cost us, two donors have pledged funds to be matched for $2,000 with a goal of a total of $4,000. As you can see from the preceding information, that is roughly two weeks of kitten surgeries when we’re at high volume like now. The fundraiser just started and will go until August 15th and yep, there’ll be a fundraiser after that. And as sure as night follows day, there will be more cats and kittens that need your help. Kittens started later this year, we’re hoping that gets delayed more and more each year but we certainly can’t give up now. Thank you all for your support and please pass on the word about the KrazyForKittens Fundraiser. $10 from 10 people is $100 and can make a big difference. Please also explore any employer matching funds you might have access to – “free” money! Make a donation and post pictures of your cats and have fun with this fundraiser!


As If They Were Our Own Fundraiser Results


We met our goal! Wanted to let you know how some of the cats are doing that benefited from the As If They Were Our Own Fundraiser. Brodie is still with me, has had several bandage changes and hopefully by the next change the largest part of his wound will be closed and he can go without a bandage. Very loving, he reaches out and hugs and climbs onto you to be held. Tolerant, he accepts his cone without protest. What a guy!


Gibbs & Tony are in foster and up for adoption, had a couple of inquiries but the right home has not materialized. Maynard is back home, still a little unsteady on his feet and still requiring treatment for his ear but is really enjoying his life! Brodie, Gibbs and Maynard all would have faced euthanasia if there were no funds to treat them with. Thank you all so much!!!


Our Future


We have a Funds For Our Future account. It is growing steadily but the need for a location is growing more rapidly. We’ve looked at different locations and are exploring some options but darn if what seems to be the right fit doesn’t end up being property with an asking price of over $500,000. Right now we have under $40,000 so you can see the problem. We need to get out of garages and basements, have a real location that volunteers would feel comfortable at, with plenty of parking. There have been $200,000 locations that had parts of what we want but the whole package seems to be wrapped in $500,000+. Think of adoption rooms, rooms to shelter the incoming friendlies before adoption, very quiet space for moms & babies, holding area pre- and post- TNR and maybe, just maybe, our own surgical suite so we don’t have to travel all over to get our surgeries done. And, perhaps a vet could come to us instead of our trekking to them. So many possibilities come back to that same old answer – money. Keep us in mind if someone asks where they should make their charitable donations, who they should name as beneficiary as they plan their own futures, set up automatic monthly donations – we need a stable income to move forward. Feral Fixers is in this for the long haul and it would help so much to do that from our own building!


10K1K 10 Year Celebration!


Everyone thinks we’re asking them to participate in a marathon. Nope, we’re asking them to celebrate the marathon we’ve been in for the past 10 years, by the time of our 10th anniversary we will have neutered over 10,000 cats, adopted out over 1,000 cats! We will have more information closer to October 15th, but please put it on your calendars now. There will be food and lots of cat people. We will have a limited Silent Auction – everyone loves those so much – if you have contacts for a hotel, restaurant, event package, please let us know. Everyone enjoys low-key, stress-free events and that’s what we hope to provide. Come join us and CELEBRATE!

 
Helping many shelters... Print E-mail
Audios / Visuals of the Week
Written by TheArtistFormerlyKnownAsKatt   
Monday, August 14, 2017

Really brings home the number of shelters in the area


 

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