Catching up on trips Print E-mail
The Feral Blog
Written by Tammy McAuley   
Thursday, April 27, 2017

On 4/6/17, we sent 17 cats to PAWS, 10 friendly, 7 feral. Of those, 11 were male and 6 females. One of the feral males was already neutered so our net for the day was 16.

On 4/13/17, 12 cats were transported to PAWS, 2 friendly, 10 feral. 7 were male and 5 were female. Of those, 3 were determined ahead of time to go to TreeHouse’ Cats at Work Program. They could not go back where they came from.

On 4/20/17, 9 ferals made their way to PAWS, 6 males and 3 females. 2 of these came from a location that had already had 5 cats removed – the elderly couple were in their late 80’s, not going to be living at this location much longer and neighbors were not cat-lovers.

All of these bring us to a total for these three trips of 37, year to date of 191 and 9,636 since our start in 2007.

Many thanks to Debbie, Charli, and Dedra for their commitment to transporting these cats!

We hope to see you all at the Kitten Shower on Sunday!

Kedi and Feral Fixers Print E-mail
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Written by Sue Lee   
Thursday, April 27, 2017

Just a quick update on our event last Monday evening . . .

Feral Fixers had the opportunity to have a booth at the showing of the film "Kedi" by the After Hours Film Society (AHFS) at the Tivoli Theater in Downers Grove on Monday evening, 4/24. Many thanks to Phyllis Betenia, adopter of our Darby, and Debbie Vanezia, AHFS Executive Director, for inviting us. The film was very well done, showcasing the many cats that roam the streets of Istanbul and choose their human companions. Cat Guardians and West Suburban Humane Society also had booths at the event.

The theater was full and there was a lot of good foot traffic and support from some wonderful cat lovers, including friends from other rescues and shelters. We raffled off a gift basket of cat supplies and a cat carrier and sold some cat toys and magnets. Fiona was a hit, as she greeted our guests in her party hat, compliments of Debbie. We featured our board and binder of adoptable cats & kittens (thanks Debbie and Mike), and advertised our upcoming Kitten Shower.

Tammy, Candy, Debbie, Lauren and I staffed the booth, while Marjorie, Sara and Jillian were our unofficial "groupies". Special thanks to Candy and Debbie for helping with the set-up and clean-up, and to Candy for taking some photos. Thanks also to Connie & Ted for advertising. It was a fun evening!

The Tivoli has scheduled a series of Wednesday morning movies this summer. They will be showing "The Secret Life of Pets" on 6/28. They invited us to participate, so please stayed tuned for more information.

See you all at the Kitten Shower on Sunday, 4/30, 12-4pm, at the Villa Park VFW Hall, 39 E. St. Charles Rd. in Villa Park!



Heritage Cadillac awards Feral Fixers $500! Print E-mail
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Written by Ted Semon   
Saturday, April 22, 2017

Feral Fixers was the winner in the recent Heritage Cadillac Facebook contest - and took home the prize of $500!

Many thanks to all of you who voted 'early and often' and carried us to victory! Special thanks to Julie Steineke for going 'above and beyond' and rallying people to vote for us.

Feral Fixers Volunteers Sue, Debbie, Julie and myself (Ted) went to Heritage Cadillac this past Thursday for a quick photoshoot and to pick up the check. The people at Heritage Cadillac could not have been nicer! And, to top it off, the person at Heritage taking the photographs is related to one of our Fosters - it's all in the family!

Thanks again to Heritage Cadillac for sponsoring this contest and awarding Feral Fixers the $500. Heritage has posted all of the pictures on their Facebook page.

And, don't forget - Feral Fixers is currently in the running for another $500 Facebook contest prize, this one from Bill Kay Nissan. We have won two of these contests now - let's make this one the third!

Come Party With Us! Print E-mail
From The President
Written by Tammy McAuley   
Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Our next event is the “Help Our Meowers” Kitten Shower on April 30th at the Villa Park VFW from 12noon to 4PM. We will have great food, door prizes, silent auction items and our Boutique. We will have some of our excellent fosters on hand to answer questions you may have about fostering or more about our organization as a whole. The donation is $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Please feel free to bring Kitten Shower gifts too – we always need supplies! Kitten Chow, Tidy Cat clay litter, Friskies poultry flavors, are items we go thru rapidly! If you would like to donate prizes to the event in advance, please contact Tammy at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

On October 15th (day before National Feral Cat Day), we will be celebrating our 10,000th cat neutered and our 1,000th cat adoption at an event, also at the Villa Park VFW from 2PM to 5PM - Feral Fixers’ 10K 1K Celebration! Amazing how far we’ve come in such a short time!!!

How Do We Measure Success?

In addition to working hard to get every last intact cat from each colony, and knowing we have done so, we also use the statistics from DuPage County Animal Care and Control. Here are some numbers:

This is the FOURTH year that no adoptable cats have been euthanized for cage space and the first year that no treatable cats have been euthanized! That total intake from all sources has gone down and that cats deemed feral have gone down 89% is phenomenal. One source of cats that have been euthanized in the past have been kittens too young/too sick to survive and those are simply not coming to DPACC at the previous rate either. We are so glad of the hard work that DPACC is doing in changing the outcomes of these cats!

What Have We Been Doing?

We have been neutering cats on a limited basis. With fewer volunteers and fewer s/n slots available to us, we have still managed to neuter 154 cats since January 1st! Made possible by the transport help of Debbie, Charli, Dedra, Judy, Laura, here’s the breakdown:

Impressive what can be done in 3 months time, isn’t it? These cats were kittens left over from the end of 2016, cats that had one left to be TNR’d in a colony, intact females that we knew were going to have kittens at the first opportunity, etc., etc. These numbers bring us to 154 for the year and 9,599 since we began in 2007.

We Won!

Many thanks to Heritage Cadillac of Lombard – we were the winners of their March 2017 $500 “Gift of Charity” contest!


By the time you read this, Kim Marrazzo will be nearly ready to or have already run the Paris Marathon. So many wonderful people have donated to Feral Fixers to show their support! We hope it makes a big difference for Kim! It is so kind of her to run in our name!

It's not too late to donate - we are promised matching funds up to the first $1,000 raised! To donate, click on the "Paris Meow-athon" graphic in the upper, left-hand corner of this web page - thank you!

GiveBack Market

Our online garage sale is open and slowly raising funds. Please visit our sale and shop for finds from the comfort of your computer! Purchases are easy to make and easy to arrange pickup/delivery. Treasure is in the eye of the beholder, clear out your former treasures to benefit Feral Fixers and post items on GiveBack yourself! Click on “sell something”, select Feral Fixers and you are on your way to an easy way to donate!!


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