Noelle Print E-mail
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Written by Tammy McAuley   
Tuesday, December 26, 2017

My feet hurt!
Merry Christmas!

The snow has come, a steady flow of flakes.

"Much Better Now!"
The phone has not stopped, first call of the day came at 6:48 AM. Another, with message left at 7:45 AM. Can't blame the people, a cat had been trying to break into their home since 4 AM! Huge thanks to Diane for responding to my text about the situation, cat was friendly, Diane brought her to my house by 9 AM. She has no chip and is a long hair brown tabby, about 8 months old I think. Thin. Her back feet pads have injuries - either frozen or burned or from chemicals - a few of her whiskers look curled from heat. You can see from her closed eyes, she was very happy to be warm and held. Not really interested in food yet, just settling in. I think her name should be Noelle - what else on Christmas Eve?

Noelle is just one of the many cats that have no other support. Alone, clearly had a home at one time, desperate.

Thank you all for helping us to help them! Have a wonderful holiday!

December 16th Adoption Event Print E-mail
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Written by Sue Lee   
Wednesday, December 20, 2017

We held our final adoption event for 2017 at the Pet Supplies Plus in Naperville on Saturday, 12/16. It was a good day with a moderate amount of foot traffic and guests visiting with our wonderful kittens and cats.

21 kittens (Lola, Cupcake, Twinkie, Scooby, Scrabble, DingDong, Perkins, Pedro, Chandler, ChaChi, Applesauce, Apricot, April, Sweden, Swiss Miss, Ginger, Lucy, Benson, Beatrix, Percy and Swizzle) and 2 young adult cats (Bonjour and Henri) were the stars of our show.

3 kittens were adopted at the event:

  • Lola and Twinkie went home with a sweet, young recently married couple from Palatine, who are expecting their first child. The gal was missing the cats she left at her parent's home, and Twinkie melted in her arms. Lola similarly bonded with the young man.
  • Apricot went home to a nice family in Oak Park, who previously had 2 cats and was looking for a companion for their son.
  • A hold was placed on April by a great mom and her 2 children from Naperville, pending a vet check of their current cats. The vet check was successful and April is likely to be adopted shortly.

Another family expressed interest in Benson as a companion for their 7 yr old daughter. Their application was just received via email and follow-up is underway.

Many thanks to Pet Supplies Plus for hosting this event, providing Feral Fixers with a huge pile of donations, and supplying a very nice "goodie bag" to all of our adopters.

Thanks also to Lauren and Comfort for Critters for supplying beautiful hand-made blankets for our adopters. Lola went home with an especially beautiful red & white snowflake blanket!

In addition to these adoptions during and following the event, we have had 13 adoptions since our last event, including 2 adults and 1 FIV+ boy!, specifically Pennington :-), Lovey :-), Delilah, Million (FIV+ :-), Ruby Q, Sweetheart, Empanada, Carol, Peter II & Pepper, Sugar, Juniper, Piper. Yeah!!

Many thanks to the wonderful volunteers and fosters who made the event a success, specifically Sara P, Laurel, Bonnie, Lauren, Julie, Christine H, Debbie, Diane/Paul L, Cheri, Michelle K, Marilyn, Christine R, Diane C, Michelle S, Laura and Sara N. I was feeling a bit under the weather, so I really appreciate everyone stepping up to fill the gap, especially Sara P.

Special kudos also to our behind the scenes team - thanks to Julie for the excellent photography & videography during the event, to Connie and Ted for advertising and real-time coverage of the event on Facebook, to Christine H for posting the kitties on Instagram, to Lauren for the cute and informative cage cards, to Debbie for updating the Adoptable Cats & Kittens board, and to Sara P for her help with the laundry.

Everyone's on-going help in finding our wonderful cats & kittens loving homes is most appreciated. Based on current information, it looks like we will close out the year with close to 300 adoptions! Lots to celebrate!!

Please stay tuned regarding dates & locations for our adoption events in January - discussions are underway.

I hope you all enjoy a very Happy Holiday season with your family and friends :-)



Five more trips... Print E-mail
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Written by Tammy McAuley   
Tuesday, December 19, 2017

With less than two weeks left in the year, this may be the last report of our spay/neuter trips for 2017!

Popcorn in Trap
Our two trips in one day brought our November total to 120. Our three trips in December were a total of 21, bringing our total for the year to 870 and our grand total since our start in 2007 to 10,315. Many thanks to Debbie, Charli, Dedra, Laura, Linda & Mark for transporting for us! These trips involved families of moms and kittens and several stray friendlies. One kitten came from a McDonald’s. We received a call, one of our volunteers was able to go later that day and met a group of ladies who had been feeding the cat, unbeknownst to the caller! She was trapped a few days later, went for s/n and one of the ladies intends to bring her in as a pet – very lucky kitty! Many cats are being brought in after their neuter, they don’t have to be fostered by us, which helps us so much!

Aren't I handsome?
Popcorn is another one of the friendlies that showed up – a shortened tail that appears to have been nipped off by something, a sore on his back and a torn claw on a front foot. Of course he is FIV+ and OF COURSE is a terribly sweet cat who only wants to be petted all day long! He’s looking for a foster or foster-to-adopt family!

We still have soooo many cats on hand, please donate to our Black Cat #Giving Tuesday fundraiser before 12/31/17 to support the cats in our care!

Happy Holidays! Print E-mail
From The President
Written by Tammy McAuley   
Thursday, December 21, 2017

Hard to believe that it is already the end of 2017! We neutered 870 cats this year, we revisited many locations that had new cats pop up, completed many more and helped so many people who could not have afforded full-cost spay/neuter for their outside OR inside cats. Numbers are down and it’s a great thing to see! We still managed to neuter over 10,000 cats since 2007! We are on track to possibly do 300 adoptions once again this year, keeping pace with other local rescues that do adoptions. We are still discussing building plans and hope to have a basic idea of our goals to show at Frosty Claws.

Frosty Claws

Speaking of Frosty Claws – it is our TENTH yearly celebration, at the Villa Park VFW on Sunday, January 14th from 12 noon to 4 PM. Join us for food, fun & prizes. Remember, it may 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 – we need time to assemble those great gift baskets from all the goodies you donate! What do we need? New in the package or unique or vintage or hand-crafted should be the guidelines – if your mom, sister or uncle would not want it, who would? We need volunteers for transporting stuff, set-up, tear-down, baking, tasks during the event – we can use the help! Please contact Tammy at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 630-881-3977 with donations or volunteer offers! We look forward to seeing you on January 14th – YOU are what makes the event so special!


Changes are happening at DuPage County Animal Care and Control – they are entering Phase II of their building improvements and taking ferals into consideration in those plans. There are more spay/neuter options coming to the area, we’ll keep you informed. We hope to move forward with building plans of our own and we need more people on our board to help us with that – if you have experience with board and officer positions, have participated in a Capital Campaign, please let us know, we need people who can be part of our team!

Cats From Feral Fixers

We transfer cats to several other organizations as well as doing adoptions ourselves. Cats from Feral Fixers seem to have an extra spark somehow – and that is not just personal prejudice talking! They seem to try harder to fit in and if an adoption is not going to work, there is usually no question about it, they seem to know what they want! If you are sharing your home with an FF alumn, please share how they are doing on our Facebook page, we love to hear about it! Also, be loud and proud about where your cat came from, it will help so many others find a great home, too. Please educate yourself and others about FIV+ cats, they almost always have wonderful temperaments and are so appreciative of their home and care and usually require no more medical care than any other cat. Our year-end, as usual, finds us with too many cats on hand, all looking for that home that is right for them. Fill your home with purrs this Holiday Season, adopt a cat from Feral Fixers (or one of our partners!).

We thank our donors and supporters for making 2017 a great year for the cats!

We look forward to seeing you in 2018!

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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