On Monday, 8/15/16, Glen Ellyn had room for just one cat from us. On Tuesday we sent 3, on Wednesday we sent 2, Thursday was 3 and we wrapped up the week with 3 on Friday. Of these 12 cats, all were friendlies, all were female, all less than four months old. Judy did the transporting to and from. It has not been an easy week, but the only way currently available to us to work thru the adoptables backlog we have. As a result, a lot of the kittens spayed were able to make an appearance at the adoption event this past weekend!
With these 12, we have done 76 for August, 519 for the year and 8,954 since our beginning.
August 20th Adoption Event
The Feral Blog
Written by Sue Lee
Sunday, August 21, 2016
Fiona with her Mohawk Hat
The Feral Fixers' kitten avalanche has officially begun! Having transferred most of our early season kittens to other shelters for adoption, the shelters are now reaching capacity, and we are working to adopt out our current kittens directly. Within the last week we have posted ~25 new kittens who have had their spay/neuter surgery and vaccinations and are ready for adoption.
We had 25 young kittens (Ambrose, Halley, Hannah, Margery, Stella, Evee, Evander, Evan, Ritter, Rihanna, Rider, Rikki, Grayly, Gracelyn, Griffen, Graham, London, Lottie, Diana, Oliver, Ponce, Huggins, Tamale, Tanner, Bali) and 1 older kitten (Blondie) at the adoption event on Saturday, 8/20, at the PetSmart at 63 Rice Lake Square in Wheaton. Everyone was adorable and very well-behaved.
Our kittens brought in a lot of attention and many folks stopped by to meet, hold and interact with them. It was a very busy day, and there were many interested potential adopters. Three kittens went home to pre-approved adopters directly from the event - thanks to Catherine and Missy for recruiting a couple of these adopters. Two kittens are targeted to go home on Monday following final approval of their applications. We also handed out cards to several other potential adopters.
Griffen went home with a wonderful young couple from Chicago, where she will be the focus of their attention - much to her liking. The young man works from home, so I'm sure Griffen will be delighted to "help" him with that.
Evan went home with a great family from Orland Park. He will be a buddy for their 12 yr old son, and also have an 8 yr old male cat to play with.
Evander went home with a terrific gal from Wheaton. He will have a 3 yr old female cat as a companion.
Applications were also submitted for Ritter and Ambrose, and they will likely be going home on Monday, pending final approval of their applications.
We were in a new location in the PetSmart, on the side near the dog training area, as the center aisle is now equipped with permanent displays. It was a bit crowded, but worked out OK. Lauren drew attention to our new location by bringing "It's a boy" and "It's a girl" balloons, which were very festive. Fiona, our animatronic white mascot kitty, sported her "Mohawk Hat", knitted by Debbie.
It was a busy day at PetSmart, as in addition to our adorable kittens, Tracy's Dogs, a rescue out of TX, brought in a truckload of 50 dogs who had pre-approved adopters, for uniting with their families. Tracy's Dogs does all of their screening and dog introductions on-line via video in advance of their visit, so all of the dogs brought to the store have designated homes. The dogs were are all great and very well-behaved.
Many thanks to the fosters who brought their kitties to the event, specifically Catherine & Missy, Candy, Sonya, Marjorie, Diane, and Kim. Special thanks to Catherine & Missy, Candy, Marjorie and Diane who stayed during all or some of the event to meet with potential adopters and promote their kitties. Thanks also to Candy and Marjorie for helping with the set-up and clean-up.
Many thanks to the volunteers who helped with the event - Sara, Debbie and Lauren. Sara did a great job of adoption counseling and completing the adoption contracts - couldn't have done it without you! Debbie did a terrific job of transporting multiple fosters' kittens to the event, taking some kittens to the clinic during the event for vaccination updates, and working with potential adopters. Lauren handled the big job of creating cages cards for all of our 26 kittens as well as engaging visitors and potential adopters.
Many thanks to Connie, Sara and Ted for the great publicity and real-time coverage of the event. Thanks also to Mike for updating our Adoptable Cats & Kittens binder, and to Debbie for updating our poster board - there were a lot of new additions this time! BTW - Mike and Arlene say hi to everyone :-)
Next Saturday, 8/27, we will be at the annual Shred for Rescues event at Citadel Information Management in Westmont from 9am-1pm. We may bring a few kittens, but since it is an outdoor event, we will focus on using our book and board of adoptable cats & kittens to engage potential adopters. Our next adoption event will be Saturday, 9/10, at the Pet Supplies Plus at 720 E. Ogden Ave, in Naperville, 11am-3pm.
35 more in three trips
The Feral Blog
Written by Tammy McAuley
Monday, August 15, 2016
Another long week. On Monday, 8/8/16, we sent 6 cats to Glen Ellyn, 5 friendlies and one feral, all male. On Thursday, 8/11/16, we sent TEN friendly males to Glen Ellyn.
Also on Thursday, we sent 20 cats to PAWS, 18 ferals and 2 friendlies. Debbie and Laura transported in the AM and luckily Ted was available to transport in an emergency along with Debbie for pickup. There's a very short list of people who are able to transport when we're in a jam, so glad Ted is on that list! There were 18 ferals and 2 friendlies, of which 6 were males and 14 were females but one female friendly was denied surgery due to URI symptoms.
So, 35 for the week, 64 for the month, 507 for the year and 8,942 since we started in 2007. We will be doing almost no trapping next week as we are blocked out of PAWS for the week but will be trying to get some friendlies done at Glen Ellyn, they've been a huge help!
Next PAWS trip 8/25!
Just one Day...
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. 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
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