March 18th Adoption Event Print E-mail
The Feral Blog
Written by Sue Lee   
Thursday, March 23, 2017

Our 3/18 adoption event at the PetSmart at 63 Rice Lake Square in Wheaton was busy, fun and filled with energy. We had a number of guests come by to meet our cats & kittens and discuss possible adoption and fostering. Tracy's Dogs also brought 40 dogs to the store that day to complete their adoptions with their pre-approved adopters. So the store was hopping with cat and dog lovers!


6 kittens (Jasper, Betty, Mika, Parsley, Tisha & Bali) and 6 adult cats (Paige, James, Luna, Tito, Mary & Pinto) were the stars of our show. Tisha was a bit overwhelmed by the experience, but everyone else took it in stride. James was his usual out-going self and wanted to jump out of his cage and join in the action. Fortunately, he was willing to stay in his cage and just watch.


Two kittens went home from the event on Saturday. Myka and Betty were adopted by a young couple from Bloomingdale. They had been looking for a pair of fur children and Myka and Betty won their heart.

An application was also submitted for Luna by the the eldest sons of a family with 5 children in Glen Ellyn. With her laid back and gentle personality, Luna is a great match for them. I followed up with their parents and it seems like everyone is on board with the possible adoption of Luna, so Nikki is in the process of arranging a visit at her home. Fingers crossed for Luna!

Another family from Glen Ellyn also submitted an application. They are looking for a companion for their 3 yr old male cat. They were subsequently approved for adoption, but are waiting until after spring break to proceed.

A few other pre-approved adopters also came to the event. One gal from Batavia is looking for a companion for Runde, a 9 month old kitten she adopted from us a couple of months ago. Jasper and Parsley are two of her favorites. She is still deciding.

Another pre-approved couple from Maple Park came to visit the kitties at the event. They had previously met with Breezy and thought she was the one, but just wanted to make sure. While they enjoyed visiting with Tito, they ultimately decided that Breezy was the one. They will be picking her up shortly.

We also received a few completed foster applications (follow-up underway) and handed out several cards and flyers - a very successful day!


In addition to these adoptions, we had several adoptions in the week prior to the event:

  • Channing was adopted by the young couple who met him at the 3/11 event at Pet Supplies Plus.
  • Hopscotch was adopted by a retired gal who completed an application at the 3/11 event.
  • Lenny was adopted by a young couple from Naperville. Yeah, Lenny! They have no other pets, so he should be very happy :-)
  • Priscilla was adopted by a family from Palos Hills. They were getting new flooring on 3/20, so plan to pick her up after that.
  • Snow was adopted by a young professional gal from Chicago who works from home. She will be her princess ;-)
  • Rain was adopted by a family from Downers Grove. They have 3 Huskies, one of whom is greatly missing the cat they just lost, so Rain will have plenty of furry companionship.
  • Bonita & Brighty were adopted together by a young couple from Chicago, who were referred to us by Trusty's & Melanie's adopter.

So a great week overall!


Many thanks to the volunteers and foster moms who made this event possible. Thanks to Nikki, Cindy/Rick, Marilyn, Jillian, Diane, Debbie and Michelle for bringing your kittens & cats to the event and staying as much as you could to promote them during the event. Thanks to Debbie for transporting James, Paige & Parsley to the event. Thanks to Jillian for taking James home from the event - since all three of her fosters (Bonita, Brighty and Myka) had been adopted!


Thanks to Sara, Lauren, Candy, Debbie, Laurel, and Christine for helping with the set-up, clean-up and interacting with our guests and potential adopters. Sara & Debbie - thanks for your help with the adoption paperwork. Lauren - great job on the cage cards, as always. Christine - Thanks for working to recruit potential adopters, including some of your friends. Fiona, our animatronic mascot cat, was sporting her "Luck of the Irish" hat, compliments of Debbie.


Thanks to Candy & Sara for handling the photography & videography during the event. Thanks to Connie & Ted for helping to promote the event on Facebook & our Feral Fixers web site. Thanks to Mike for providing the updates to the Adoptable Cats & Kittens binder. Thanks to Debbie for updating the Adoptable Cats & Kittens board.


Our next adoption event will be scheduled soon on May 8th at the PetSmart located in Rice Lake Square in Wheaton - stay tuned for confirmation details.

 
Take those pictures! Print E-mail
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Written by Ted Semon   
Tuesday, March 14, 2017

This March snow has given you another opportunity to take pictures of your Feral friends and submit them to the Feral Fixers annual Holiday Card contest! Each year, we send out Holiday cards to our friends and supporters - cards graced with a winter / snow picture of a Feral cat (or cats).


The judging for our 2017-2018 Holiday Card Photo Contest is based on snow, evident eartip, photo clarity, in order to grace our Holiday Card next year! Ferals are beautiful, capture their image! We'll share their story with others who love ferals! This will be the sixth year we've held this Holiday card contest.


Photos should be emailed to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . We can accept practically any type of format but the higher the resolution, the better.


The photo thumbnail is of "Chickybaby" the winner of the 2016-2017 Holiday card contest (click on the thumbnail to see a full-size picture of Chickybaby).

 
March 11th Adoption Event Print E-mail
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Written by Sue Lee   
Monday, March 13, 2017

Many thanks to Pet Supplies Plus in Naperville for hosting our adoption event on Saturday, 3/11, including our four special FIV+ boys, Youssef, Waylon, Corn and Star. Youssef displayed his friendly and playful personality as he greeted guests, enjoyed their petting and played with his cat dancer toy. Waylon was similarly engaging with our guests as he enjoyed belly rubs, entertained us with sweet meows and played with his cat dancer toy. Star and Corn handled the event more leisurely as they sprawled out in their cat beds and enjoyed occasional petting.


We spoke with several guests about FIV to educate folks that these friendly and out-going boys are very adoptable, deserve loving homes and would make wonderful, healthy companions for many years. Unfortunately, we did not receive any applications for these boys. However, our Change Their Luck promotion will continue for another few weeks. Through this promotion, we are encouraging folks to sponsor the adoption of one of these boys or take them home as a long term foster. What could be better than a sweet and loving companion in a long term foster arrangement??


In addition to our FIV+ boys, we had 3 kittens (Snow, Rain and Hazel) and 2 other young adults (Channing and Al) at the event. Snow, our 5 month old Siamese mix girl, brought a lot of attention and a few applications. Although she is beautiful and very affectionate with people, she does not enjoy the company of other cats, and needs to be an only pet in her household. This has ruled out a few applications. Rain was our cuddle bug, and enjoyed being held by several volunteers and guests. Unlike her sister, Snow, she is great with other cats. Hazel similarly showed us what a love bug she can be as she enjoyed belly rubs by several of our younger guests.


Channing caught the eye of a young couple from Naperville. He melted in their arms when we took him into a get acquainted room. They completed an application and we are working through some final checks. This was Al's first event, so he was a bit frightened, but he relaxed a bit when he got some one-on-one time with one of the volunteers.

We also received applications from two other potential adopters who are still deciding on their perfect match. The applications will be reviewed and visits in the foster homes scheduled this week.


Many thanks to the volunteers and foster moms who made this event possible. Thanks to Cheri for bringing the majority of the cats to the event and staying to promote them during the event. Thanks to Debbie for transporting Snow and Rain to the event. (Fortunately, they did not bring the weather associated with their names - bad humor ;-) Thanks also to Amy & KC for bringing Hazel to the event.


Thanks to Sara, Lauren, Debbie and Laurel for helping with the set-up, clean-up and interacting with our guests and potential adopters. Sara & Laurel - Your help with the tables and cages made set-up a breeze. Lauren - great job on the cage cards - very descriptive! Fiona, our animatronic mascot cat, was sporting her "Luck of the Irish" hat, compliments of Debbie.


Thanks to Sara for handling the photography during the event. Thanks to Connie & Ted for helping to promote the event on Facebook & our Feral Fixers web site. Thanks to Mike for providing the updates to the Adoptable Cats & Kittens binder. Thanks to Debbie for updating the Adoptable Cats & Kittens board.


Our next adoption event is next Saturday, 3/18, at our usual PetSmart at 63 Rice Lake Square in Wheaton from 11am-3pm. We will have even more cats & kittens at that event.

 
2017 Is Right Around The Corner! Print E-mail
From The President
Written by Tammy McAuley   
Tuesday, December 20, 2016

We’ve had an incredible year! Another 1,000+ cats neutered, many locations resolved, so many kittens and friendlies have come inside to live out their lives, we will probably do 300 adoptions this year alone! We have done this despite a reduction in surgery availability and a doubling to tripling of our costs. We have done this with wonderful donors and supporters but with very few volunteers and very few fosters – come join us in 2017 as we strive to TNR as many as we can, as early as we can in the year, continuing our lasting impact on the ferals and strays in the DuPage area! And please continue to donate to keep the cats of DuPage County healthy and cared for!


Frosty Claws on January 15th!


This will be our NINTH Frosty Claws! Come join us at the Villa Park VFW on Sunday, January 15th from 12 noon to 4 PM for food, fun & prizes! Keep in mind that it might be crowded but you will not find another event like this one!


If you would like to donate to our Silent Auction or door prizes, the cut-off for donations is 1/2/17 – it takes time to do justice to the wonderful items that we receive! Remember – new in the package or unique or vintage or hand-crafted should be your guidelines – if your brother or sister wouldn’t bid on it, who would? Items come together from different sources to make some really special gift baskets. Volunteers for transporting stuff, setting up, tearing down, baking, helping during the event are more than welcome, we can use the help! Please contact Tammy at 630-881-3977 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with donations or volunteer offers! YOU are what makes this event so special – we look forward to seeing you on January 15th!!!


Time Is Precious And So Are The Cats


We may not have time to respond to all phone calls, send all the thank-you notes that we should, details can get missed, but we always respond when there are cats in need. From the tiny kittens in the window well, the feral with upper respiratory so bad that it is life-threatening, the cat that was seen dragging its leg, we respond as soon as we can, as best we can. We actually ran out of time this year to have our usual “As If They Were Our Own” fundraiser, there’s only so much we can fit into a year! Despite that, we continued to care for those cats that had no one to provide funds to resolve their health issues. We also don’t take pictures of cats that are in ill-health and questionable survivability until we know they are on the other side of their emergency – and often are so caught up in caring for the cats that pictures are the furthest thing from our minds! So, we’re going to tell you about a few interventions from 2016, even if we don’t have a lot of pictures!


Quade
“Q” kittens – these 5 kittens came to us at 5 weeks, doing well. Fall kittens often have more issues than other times of the year though. Soon, they all had varying degrees of intestinal parasite, upper respiratory and viral illnesses. Three were hospitalized on fluids and close monitoring. We have lost three, but so far Quade and Quincy are doing well. Illness can strike kittens at any time, from a few weeks to 6 months, there is no predicting when and what and often siblings have the same illness tendencies. These kittens alone incurred expenses of $1,000+ at the vet.


Chapman
Last January, we took in Chapman, an older friendly, estimated to be between 10 and 14 years old. He was front paw declawed, emaciated, dehydrated, not well at all. He is in a foster home, recently had a dental and a diagnosis of thyroid disease and is doing extremely well with his daily medication which is rubbed on his ears. He has claimed his spot on the couch and is totally fine with the other cats as long as they don’t crowd his spot! It is not only the funds for his medical needs but the long-term care that we have provided for him to live in comfort and health.


Upton
Upton joined us last month, showed up as an already neutered friendly at a colony. He was in reasonably good shape and only required updating on vaccines, flea treatment and a snap test in order to be considered completely adoptable – that is a $100 expense that we encounter as a minimum for most adult, neutered friendlies we take in.


In the course of a year we facilitate dozens and dozens of treatments for the ferals who live outside, from a shot of Convenia (long acting antibiotic) for wounds and upper respiratory, housing for recovery from injuries from cars or other animals, the list is really too long! We do not demand payment from the caretakers of these cats (if they are even known), we ask for donations, but would never refuse treatment if treatment is possible. And if not possible, we help with that, too.


The economy is tougher, more people have heard of us, our expenses for health care have gone up, we appreciate so much all of the donations we have received in order to continue to care for the cats of DuPage County! Please tell your friends and family about the great work that we do and continue to support us as you have done so wonderfully for the past NINE years!


We thank our donors for making 2016 a rewarding year for the cats!


We look forward to 2017!

 
 

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