April 30th Adoption Event Print E-mail
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Written by Ted Semon   
Sunday, May 01, 2016

Feral Fixers Board Member and Adoption Coordinator Sue gives us the skinny on yesterday's Adoption Event:

"The 4/30 adoption event was a bit more low key than originally anticipated. Attendance was light both by rescues and customers, likely partly due to the rainy and cold weather. The majority of the activity was at the front of the store. Our designated location was at the back of the store, and despite moving a display table with our cat poster and beautiful Mother's Day raffle baskets out into the main aisle, we did not get a lot of foot traffic.

ARF organized the event and had the largest displays of adoptable cats and dogs, including a dog tent outside and inside cages near the front of the store with a number of tiny kittens and even a nursing mom with kittens. So they pretty much stole the show of interested cat adopters. Tails dog rescue also had space at the front of the store and featured a number of puppies as well as dogs. There was face painting and a henna tattoo artist at the front of the store as well as a few pet supply vendors.

Our location at the back of the store was in front of the dog training area. Fortunately it is blocked off behind a glass window, so it was pretty quiet. The cats could just enjoy watching the dogs. The cats likely enjoyed the peace and quiet. We had 8 cats in attendance (Bogie, Bacall, Rumchata, Mini, Patti, Wilson, Boots and Midas). Everyone did very well, but were clearly glad when the long day was over. Mini, in particular, while she was talking and engaging initially, hid under her bed by the end of the event. Patti also told us she had enough by the end of the day.

Lauren was the hero of the day by recruiting our one potential adopter. She was trolling in the ARF area and heard a mom and teenage daughter talking about wanting an adult cat. So she led them to our area. They are a very nice family with a 4 yr old dog. After much discussion about our cats, they decided (and we agreed) that Bogie would likely be the best match. Debbie will be taking him to their house today to see if things work out with the dog. We were also visited by a couple who had expressed interest in either fostering or adopting one of our cats. I will be following up with her.

The event was a learning experience (I will definitely ask more questions before agreeing to another one), but hopefully it will result in a good home for Bogie, which will make it all worthwhile :-) I also wanted to share that Zeke was adopted yesterday by a great single lady looking for a large cat! The meeting was held at Julie's home, so he was not at the event.

Many thanks to the volunteers who helped with the event, including Debbie (who transported all of the cats and helped throughout the event), Lauren (our chief salesperson and helper throughout the event), Sara (who was a big help with the set-up, clean-up, getting the cats into the carriers, and the photography), and Bernie (who helped during the event, did our lunch run, and helped with the clean-up).

Thanks also to our new Feral Fixers volunteer, Edie, for stopping by, getting a view of our adoption events, as well as interacting with some of our guests. Welcome, Edie! Thanks also to Mike for updating the cat binder, Debbie for updating the cat poster, Kim for providing the beautiful Mother's Day raffle baskets, Lauren for providing the handmade blankets for adopters, and Connie and Ted for the great job of promoting the event.

Our next adoption event will be National Adoption Weekend (5/14-5/15) at our regular PetSmart in Rice Lake Square, Wheaton. We will choose a day (Saturday or Sunday) that does not overlap with ARF."

Thanks Sue!
14 more today Print E-mail
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Written by Ted Semon   
Thursday, April 28, 2016

Feral Fixers president Tammy tells us about today's trip to the PAWS-Chicago Spay/Neuter clinic:

"Today Feral Fixers sent 14 cats to PAWS. 11 ferals and 3 friendlies. Of those 8 were females and 6 were males. Debbie did the AM trip and had a ride-along, new volunteer Laura, who plans to also do trapping for us. Its a good way to understand why we do some of the things we do - seeing the end result. And then, Debbie did the PM run, too!

A couple of the cat's stories: Luke, a very sweet orange tabby/white, had been in a warehouse for the past year without a litter box, now they wanted him gone because of the mess. Sorry, but really, DUH! Oliver was trapped in a location that is situated between a grocery store and apartments, not neutered, not chipped, tonight he is making happy paws in a crate. Some of the other cats will be going inside with their caretakers once their hormones settle down. It would be simpler, easier, if they all were totally ferals, we could put them back and go on to the next site, but the darn cats keep deciding inside is better!

With this trip we had 14, for the month 55, for 2016 we've neutered 215 and the total to date is 8,650!"

Thank you to the transport super-volunteers Debbie, Laura and Debbie (again)!

FIV Adoption Update Print E-mail
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Written by Ted Semon   
Monday, April 25, 2016

Great news - one of our FIV+ cats has been adopted! Feral Fixers Board Member and Adoption Coordinator, Sue, gives us the details:

Tweedy was adopted on Thursday by a post-graduate student at National University of Health Science. She was drawn to him by "his handsome appearance and super friendly nature", and was willing to accept his FIV+ status given his current healthy condition. She is looking forward to Tweedy's help with her school work ;-)

And Tweety's adopter, Jinan, sends us this update on Tweedy:

Tweedy is doing great. I put him in the litter box when we first gotten home so he can understand where he needed to go and I made sure the litter box was in a visible area. I clean it every time he uses it. He love the food options i give him and he love open the cabinet (they are all clean and empty) which he hops in and out of. he takes naps on my bed. He response when i call his name and he follows me around everywhere I go. He is getting use to the light since he doesn't really like it when i open my curtains so i close them back up so he can feel comfortable. Now he started to allow me to hold him which is awesome."

So, thank you Jinan and congratulations Tweedy on finding your forever home!

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Holiday Letter from the President Print E-mail
From The President
Written by Tammy McAuley   
Saturday, December 19, 2015

A Whole ‘Nother Year Has Passed!

Can you believe that in a very short time we will be in the year 2016?

2015 has been a year of challenges and change. We’ve neutered almost 1,150 cats, doing so with fewer volunteers. Local shelters have taken over 250 cats and kittens from us for adoption thru their facilities – from bottle babies, kittens that still need to be fostered, kittens ready to go, to adults who have decided that being inside is the life for them! Feral Fixers adoptions during this time are over 210. Impressive numbers when we have about half as many fosters as previous years. As always, we are hoping for fewer calls, fewer kittens in the coming year, the best way to accomplish that is to receive the calls at the beginning of the year, so fewer kittens are born – cross your fingers!!!

We’ve Touched So Many Lives

During the holidays, we have a flurry of communications with the people we have helped and helped us. Hearing how the cats are doing, the changes the people are going thru, is all very interesting. If only there were time to respond to each card, each note individually! We hear how a particular cat has decided to make themselves at home inside, or how there are only two feral cats left in a neighborhood overrun with cats just a short time before.

One scenario that stands out is how when caretakers move away and find ferals at their new home and cannot believe there is not a local organization like Feral Fixers to help the cats, they enlist the help of neighbors, find a vet who will do neuters at a reduced cost and start to work. That makes us feel really good!

Frosty Claws Is Coming!

Attendees are signing up in advance already, in anticipation of yet another great event! If you would like to volunteer to help transport stuff, set up, tear down, bake something, help with the food at the event, etc., we can always use more help! Please contact Tammy at 630-881-3977 or by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it if you can!

Donations for the silent auction are starting to come in – the cut-off for donations to make it into the auction is January 10th. Items that arrive later may automatically be part of our Door Prize drawing – we have excellent items in that category as well and competition can be intense! We always have such a wonderful variety of stuff! Remember when you are donating - new in the package or unique and vintage or hand-crafted should be your guidelines - if your brother or sister wouldn't bid on it, who would? Items come together from several different sources to make some really special gift baskets! I can't wait to see what will show up this year!

YOU are what make this event so special – look forward to seeing you on January 17th!

A Christmas miracle Print E-mail
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Wednesday, December 23, 2015

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