December 1st Adoption Event Print E-mail
The Feral Blog
Written by Sue Lee   
Tuesday, December 04, 2018

As a special holiday gift to our adopters at our December adoption events, we are giving each adopter a gift of their choice for each kitten adopted (cat bed, cat teepee, cat scratcher/perch, pet cushion). Our adoption event on Saturday, 12/1, at Bentley's Pet Stuff in Elmhurst was the kick-off of this promotion. More gifts will be distributed at our next adoption event on Saturday, 12/15, at PetSmart in Wheaton. Following the 12/15 adoption event, these gifts will also be provided to all adopters completing their adoption at our foster homes, as long as supplies last.


The rainy weather did not dampen our spirits at our adoption event on Saturday, 12/1, at Bentley's Pet Stuff in Elmhurst, although it did present some challenges. In the morning, we unloaded all of our tables, cages and supplies from my van into the store during a pretty heavy shower, and, consequently, had to dry everything off before using it. The set-up crew (Sara, Steve, Laurel) executed efficiently, as always, and everything was ready when our foster kittens arrived. The rain slowed or stopped for most of the event, which was good for our guests. But, unfortunately, we experienced another cloud burst while Sara, Steve, Joanie, Debbie and I loaded up the van after the event. Special kudos to the set-up and clean-up crew for enduring the inclement weather!


This was a kitten focused adoption event. 17 kittens (Allegro, Alto, Laredo, Lancaster, Lacey, Yori, Duncan, Keenan, Cowboy, Corazon, Pearlie, Penelope, Persia, Cobbie, Kayak, Sea-Doo, Sugar Pie) were the stars of our show. This was the debut appearance at an adoption event for many of these kittens, so some were a little frightened, at least initially. Rita brought a very cool motorized feather toy, which helped to engage and calm many of the kittens. Sara also brought some new wand toys for our guests to play with our kittens.


Foot traffic was pretty good, and we received applications for Cobbie, Lancaster and Keenan at the event, which are under review. A number of other folks also came to visit with our kittens and took cards for future contact. A couple also stopped by who is planning to volunteer for us and wanted to get some information.


2 kittens were adopted at the event to a pre-approved family:

  • Laredo and Lacey were adopted by a very nice family from Downers Grove. They will be the family's first pets, although mom & dad had cats previously. They are targeted to transition to their new home early next week, as the family is traveling next weekend.

Many thanks to Bentley's Pet Stuff for hosting this event. The staff is always so kind and accommodating! Thanks also for the food donations they provided.


We ended November with 21 adoptions for the month, down a bit from 31 in October, but the same as November 2017. Hopefully things will pick up in December, as they traditionally do. 6 kittens (Ashley, Ember, Cassidy, Casino, Landon, Pinot) and 2 adults (Jasmyn, Isabella) found loving homes since our last adoption event.


Many thanks to the volunteers and fosters who made this event a success (Sara, Steve, Laurel, Diane/Paul, Debbie, Joanie, Rita, Marilyn, Laura/Rick B, Tracy). The camaraderie and information sharing among fosters is so beneficial, and the adopters and potential adopters greatly appreciate getting the scoop on the kittens from their foster families.


Many thanks also for all of the other valuable contributions to this event - to Steve for the excellent photography during the event; to Connie, Stephanie and Ted for promoting the event on our Facebook page and web site; to Steve for the professional-looking cage cards; to Debbie and Mike for the on-going updates to the Adoptable Cats & Kittens board and binder; to Sara for helping with adoption counseling and paperwork as well as with the laundry; to Steve for coordinating our lunch run.


We will have 1 more adoption event before the end of the year on Saturday, 12/15, at the PetSmart at 63 Rice Lake Square in Wheaton from 11am-3pm. Details to follow.


Thanks,

Sue

 
November Updates - and don't forget the Holiday Card contest! Print E-mail
The Feral Blog
Written by Tammy McAuley   
Friday, November 30, 2018

Thank you to everyone who donated to our Giving Tuesday Black Cat Fundraiser so far! We're a third of the way to our goal of $2,500. Our fundraiser will end on 12/31/18 - help us support Blackie and the other cats and kittens in our care!


We don't usually send cats on Wednesdays but on 11/28 we sent 3 friendly females for spay to Adopt - visit Pearlie, Penelope and Persia at our upcoming Adoption Event on Saturday! In addition, we sent 5 friendlies and one feral (who had been on hand, recovering from sniffles) into ADOPT on Thursday, 11/29. There were 3 males and 3 females in this group and we are very grateful to ADOPT for repairing an umbilical hernia on one of the females. This brings us to 56 cats for November, 627 for the year and 10,944 since 2007!


We plan at least one more trip for friendlies yet in December, still have many kittens who are just getting old enough for spay/neuter.


It is good that we stopped TNR of ferals a little early with the earlier than usual cold and snow! Try to get some pictures of your ferals in the snow with their eartips clearly showing for our yearly Holiday Card contest. If you're on our current mailing list, expect this year's card in your mailbox very soon - it is beautiful!"


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Happy Thanksgiving! Print E-mail
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Written by Tammy McAuley   
Friday, November 23, 2018

Thank you to everyone who has assisted us this year! Thank you to everyone who has taken the effort to spay/neuter the cats under their care! You have all made a lasting difference!


On Thursday, 11/15/18 we sent 10 cats to ADOPT, one feral (slipped in) and 9 friendlies. One of the friendlies displayed URI symptoms upon arrival to the clinic and another did not make the weight limitation - overnight fasting can make a big difference! This resulted in 1 female spay and 7 male neuters. In addition, we spayed 1 friendly female at GEAH on 11/12. This brings us to 47 for the month of November, 618 for 2018 and 10,935 since our start in 2007.


Thank you to Charli and Dedra for transporting again!


Please keep an eye out for our upcoming fundraiser - Black Cat Giving Tuesday - we have promised funds of $2,500 to be matched! There are many different ways to raise funds around Giving Tuesday, stay tuned!

 
Last trip for Ferals... Print E-mail
From The President
Written by Tammy McAuley   
Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Keenan
This has been a very hard year. Many changes, fewer volunteers, fewer hours to do the same amount of work. Ferals result in more friendlies, without more fosters, the flow in must be halted. Therefore, our feral surgeries will stop on 11/1. The friendlies we have on hand at that time will get their surgeries as they get old enough but no new kittens will be accepted after 11/1.


This is not easy to say “no”, but we are working with a limited resource – our time and our health. There has to be a reduction in workload somewhere so that the people involved in Feral Fixers can go on next year.


If you trap, you are responsible for arranging spay/neuter, contacting rescues for placement of any kittens/friendlies. You can contact DuPage County Animal Services, ADOPT Pet Shelter, Catnap From The Heart, PAWS, SPAY IL or your own local vet. We will not be doing any scheduling until the weather breaks in the Spring – around April most likely.


Two Girls & a Boy
Every shelter is currently full of cats and kittens. Despite our efforts, kittens are still being born and there are not enough adoptions. Rescues continue to bring cats in from out of area and out of state, further limiting our resources. Rescues continue to allow females to give birth, even when they are not sure how pregnant the female is – sometimes waiting almost the entire gestation period of 9 weeks.


We currently have 44 adoptable cats and kittens on our Petfinder page. We have more kittens that just came in and will have to be fostered and neutered before posting for adoption. Please share our adoptables with friends and family so that we can get our “new” friendlies into foster and on their own way to new homes!


30 Cats and more to come!
This post has some pics from today, 10/23. There are 30 traps and transfers in my garage, a few with multiple kittens inside because I ran out of traps on hand! Hopefully no one will poop on another’s head! Tomorrow a very few kittens will be going on to foster but the rest will most likely stay in traps for another few days until they can find a foster. Or be in a cage in my basement – not a bad place but not ideal. Fall kittens are kind of late this year, usually the rush is at the beginning of September, not towards the end of October.


Remember, we count on you, our “public” to speak for us, forward our adoption event information – this weekend, 10/27, tell people to fill out our adoption applications in advance, be pre-approved for that special cat that is coming their way! And bear with us during this year end, we want to be here, neutering our butts off next year!


October Trips



Since our last update, we have made 4 s/n trips and one single cat was neutered at Glen Ellyn Animal Hospital. In all, there were 36 ferals, 23 friendlies, with a few already neutered cats, there were a total of 54 surgeries for October so far, bringing the year’s total to 534 and the total since our beginning to 10,851. Many thanks to Charli, Debbie, and Dedra, for transporting cats this month! Couldn’t do it without you!


(Click on any of the picture thumbnails to see a full size picture)

 
Wine & Whiskers Deadline! Print E-mail
From The President
Written by Tammy McAuley   
Sunday, September 30, 2018

We’ve been so busy, we needed to promote our Wine & Whiskers event coming up on October 16th, there is still just a short time to register – we set our deadline as 10/1 to make sure we reached our minimum number of attendees. Our goal is at least 30, right now we have 15 people signed up, which meets the event criteria but we want to share this great event with more people! We have until 10/8 to submit our final, final count, don’t wait until the last minute! Enjoy good company, great wine!


Donation Collection Day


Advanced warning! The P.A.W.S. Club of Wheaton North High School will be doing a donation drive on Friday, October 5th at the Caputo’s located at North Avenue & Schmale Road in Carol Stream. Shop and drop donations off with the students, what could be easier? Cat food, paper towels, clay cat litter, Gerber Ham baby food, He fragrance-free laundry detergent are our greatest needs right now. We appreciate the kids putting forth this effort, please stop and thank them for us, too!


What Will The Next Two Months Bring?


This time last year we had done 673 cats for the year, so far in 2018 we have neutered 480. This reduction is due in part to fewer volunteers able to coordinate trapping but hopefully also due to reduced numbers of cats out there to be trapped. Only time will tell. Our goal is to neuter every cat we can in order to reduce overpopulation and euthanasia and to benefit as many cats and people as we can. The next two months are typically high numbers, we will see.



Our trip on 9/27 included two cats that had shown up in a colony, very friendly – they were already neutered and had no microchips. Another neutered cat that same day has been trying to live in a caretaker’s garage, we’re hoping he comes fully inside for the winter. Our 9/13 trip included a cat that was chipped but not neutered. That rescue has since stopped adopting unneutered cats out as adopters were not complying with getting the cats neutered, as per their contract. We finished up August with 26 more cats, 13 friendlies, 13 ferals, brining our total for the month to 110. In September we transported 21 more friendlies and 41 more ferals, 3 of which were already spay/neutered, bringing our September total to 59 and our yearly total to 480 and our total neutered since 2007 is at 10,797. Can you imagine the possibility of 11,000 cats neutered by the end of the year?

 
Jackson Galaxy Approved Print E-mail
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Written by TheArtistFormerlyKnownAsKatt   
Thursday, November 02, 2017

Feral Fixers is "Jackson Galaxy Approved!"


 

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