January 11th Adoption Event
While the weather forecast was rather ominous, the snow stayed away and the freezing rain was manageable during our adoption event on Saturday, 1/11, at the Wheaton PetSmart. The inclement weather did not seem to deter our guests as we had many folks stop by to meet and interact with our kittens and cats. 2 pre-approved adopters came to meet their potential new family members, 5 applications were completed and business cards were distributed to many more folks.
18 wonderful kittens (Latham, MayDay, Mayo, Brass, Mercury, Matilda, Ocean, Zippy, Raleigh, Felicia, Cece, Salty, Kiki, Puka Shell, Arby, Tula, Ruby, Rusty) and 1 sweet adult (Socks) were the stars of our show. Everyone did a great job of interacting with our guests both in their crates and in the back room during individual meet 'n greet sessions.
Although no one went home directly from the event, 5 adoptions are likely to occur within the next week:
Many thanks to PetSmart for hosting this event!
Adoptions outside of events slowed a bit over the holidays but have continued to proceed. 7 kittens (Dolby & Dottie, Ruben, Twiggy, Laces, Cachet, Saki) and 2 adults (Colby, Millie) were adopted from their foster homes since our last event in December.
We closed out 2019 with a total of 286 adoptions of kittens and cats into loving homes. Many thanks to the fosters and volunteers who made that possible!!
Thanks to the volunteers and fosters who made this event a success - Sara, Steve, Candy, Whitney, Michelle, Diane, Karen L, Laura B, Marge & Murray, Kaitlyn and Amanda. Everyone did a great job of interacting with our guests and introducing potential adopters to our kittens/cat. Thanks to Sara, Candy, Laura B, Karen L and Diane for hosting meet 'n greets in the back room and being my partners in adoption counseling. Thanks also to Diane for transporting Amanda's fosters to/from the event.
Many thanks for all of the other valuable contributions to this event - to Candy for the photography & videography during the event; to Connie, Stephanie and Ted for promoting the event on our Facebook page and web site; to Steve for the professional looking cage cards and the impressive Feral Fixers banner stand; to Debbie and Mike for the on-going updates to the Adoptable Cats & Kittens board and binder; to Sara for helping with the laundry; to Candy for washing the bowls. Special thanks to Murray for coordinating and funding our lunch run.
Although it is a short month, we have 3 adoption events scheduled in February to help us promote our older kittens and adult cats:
Please mark your calendars!
New Tomahawk Trap
Our friends at Tomahawk are always experimenting with new ideas. This is a new item that they have just produced. Can't say I ever thought of a round trap before but I can see that it might have applications where a long rectangle would not. There's a short video to demonstrate how it works. We would need to transfer soon, not practical for housing a cat for very long. We would definitely be interested in trying – anyone interested in donating one?
4 More Cats in December
On 12/19 we sent 4 ferals to ADOPT, 2 males, 2 females, trapped because the kittens were reported to be less than 6 weeks old, they turned out to be 3 months but once we had them, we needed to neuter them – we'll see if they decide to turn friendly. This brings us to 6 for December, 714 for the year and 11,685 since our beginning.
We're working hard on catching up for the year, paperwork, events, so much!
December 14th Adoption Event
It was a record setting day at our adoption event on Saturday, 12/14, at the Pet Supplies Plus in Naperville! We brought 22 kittens to the event and 11 of them were adopted by pre-approved adopters!! 2 more have since been adopted by a pre-approved adopter who met them at the event, and a follow-up visit is scheduled for 1 more kitten next Sunday. Needless to say, it was a hectic, but fun and exciting event!
22 adorable and sweet kittens were the stars of our show - Latham, Laces, MayDay, Mayo, Oyster, Feather, Fluff, Nickel, Marbles, Mariott, Maggie, Maisie, Brodie, Brandy, Casey, Campbell, Cachet, Ginger, Simba, Ruben, Ruby, Rusty.
7 kittens went home directly from the event:
Paperwork was completed at the event for 4 additional kittens who have or are about to go to their new homes:
Follow-up visits were scheduled with 3 additional kittens, 2 of whom have been adopted since the event:
It was wonderful to see so many of these kittens adopted in pairs. We hope all of these kittens enjoy their new homes for the holidays!
Many thanks to Pet Supplies Plus for hosting this event, for the adopter gift bags, and the food and supply donations to Feral Fixers.
Adoptions outside of events have also continued at a steady pace. 7 kittens (Mario & Marky, Raven, CalliLulu, Roscoe, Fedora, Captain) were adopted from their foster homes in the three weeks since our last event. There are also some additional visits lined up for approved adopters later this week.
Many thanks to the volunteers and fosters who made this event a success - Sara, Steve, Candy, Diane, Karen L, Erika, Dina, Judy & Vince, Marlene, Lili and Amanda. It was a very busy day and everyone at the event did a great job of interacting with our guests and helping with the meetings of potential adopters and kittens. Thanks to Sara for authoring all of the adoption paperwork and to Candy and Sara for being my partners in adoption counseling. Couldn't have done it without all of you! Thanks also to Diane for transporting Amanda's fosters to/from the event.
Many thanks for all of the other valuable contributions to this event - to Candy for the photography & videography during the event; to Connie, Stephanie and Ted for promoting the event on our Facebook page and web site; to Steve for the professional looking cage cards and the impressive new Feral Fixers banner stand; to Debbie and Mike for the on-going updates to the Adoptable Cats & Kittens board and binder; to Sara for helping with the laundry; to Candy for washing the bowls; to Candy for coordinating our lunch run.
We are targeting Saturday, 1/11, or Sunday, 1/12, for our first event in the new year, likely at the Wheaton PetSmart. Stay tuned for details. During the holidays, adoptions will be handled from our foster homes.
Have a wonderful holiday and see you in the New Year!
It's the New Year!
Completely Unpredictable Weather
With the snow on Halloween, the forecast could have been cold, cold, cold thru March. What we got was 50 & 60 degrees for several days at a time it was least expected. Supposedly, it’s the angle of the sun that determines when cats start mating. I'm not so sure. If it is temperature, we could be looking at litters by the end of February – 9 week gestation period. Everyone keep their eyes open and pay attention to big tummies suddenly going flat. If a mom has a good shelter with sufficient straw and plenty of food to keep her milk up that is close to the shelter so she doesn't have to go far, the kittens should survive.
Our fosters that house moms and babies do not become active until about April and those are few and far between. Please think about becoming a mom & babies foster or talk to your friends and family.
So Many Adoptables
We still have a large number of kittens (who are rapidly becoming adolescents) available for adoption. 40 cats are posted on our Petfinder and 19 of those are black and black & white. It should be that a cat is a cat is a cat with each being judged on their personality and not their coat color. We hope that having so many of the same color is not holding back adoptions. We haven't wanted to count how many of what colors were adopted last year, but we did have an overwhelming number of black and b&w kittens. As mentioned above, the 2020 kittens may be coming sooner than we would like and the fosters are already booked. Where will they go instead? Please share our adoptables with family and friends and as always, please consider fostering for us! There will be 16 black and b&w cats at our Saturday Adoption Event – come on by!!!
Below are some of the black and black & white cats and kittens that will be at our Adoption event on Saturday.
Imagine If There Really Were More Homes?
HB 1391 proposes that housing discrimination against people whose families include dogs, cats and other animal companions be banned in New Hampshire – the first state to consider such legislation. The precedent-setting bill by Representative Ellen Read addresses one of the most pervasive challenges faced by renters whose family includes an animal: lack of pet-friendly housing.
In addition to protecting families, the law also protects landlords, with reasonable restrictions and a pet deposit. A study of landlords who allow companion animals shows that concerns about damage are often exaggerated and easily addressed, as they are in the bill. Studies also show that such policies are likewise popular with tenants who do not have animals or don’t necessarily want one of their own. As a result, landlords will have happier tenants, longer-term tenants, and fewer vacancies.
More information about this ground-breaking legislation from the No Kill Advocacy Center can be found here.
2 Cats So Far
On 1/2/20 we sent 2 friendlies to ADOPT, one male, one female, they weren't big enough for a 2019 trip. That makes 2 for January and 2 for the year and 11,687 since we started in 2007!
Holidays are Here!
Rescue Pack Chicago (formerly Rescue Bank) distributed a value of over $4 million in food and supplies to local animal welfare organizations in 2019! One of the ways to help them obtain those supplies is to visit The Animal Rescue Site and click to donate. "Click here to Give – It's Free" is as simple as that. Corporate sponsors advertise on the website and in exchange donate food. The Rescue Site also has an online store which donates a portion of the products sold. It should be noted that The Animal Rescue Site is NOT a non-profit organization and does not claim to be one. However, it has helped feed animals in need by raising funds for millions of pounds of much-needed food. The donated funds are then distributed by GreaterGood.org and Rescue Pack Chicago is one of the recipients of donations. The local groups pay for shipping costs at a rate of 12cents per pound. That means that a skid of 1,000lbs of food may cost an organization $120 – many times that is less than a tenth of what it would cost off the shelf with much less handling and damaged product in obtaining. Rescue Pack does a great job on Distribution Day – coordinating 60 to 100 groups with up to two vehicles each, benefitting so many so that funds normally spent on food can be allocated differently. This helps us help so many ferals and adoptables while using those funds towards surgeries! A legitimate program and while a daily email and a few keystrokes every day may seem a very strange way to donate, you can make a difference for the animals of Chicagoland!
New Spay/Neuter Clinic in Joliet
SNIP Society Clinic opened in Joliet in September of this year. Their goal is to provide low-cost spay/neuter for the dogs and cats of the Joliet area. Currently they are open for services on Wednesdays and Thursdays, visit their website for more information. We get many calls for help in the Joliet area, we hope that SNIP Society will assist in reducing the number of cats that end up outside as strays and ferals, further improving the lives of cats all over the Chicago suburbs!
New Tomahawk Trap
Our friends at Tomahawk are always experimenting with new ideas.
Recent Legislation And How It Affects Feral Fixers
There are three new bills signed by the Governor this year that affects Feral Fixers.
The first is Public Act 101-0210, requiring alarm systems, sprinkler systems and staffing of kennels while dogs or cats are on the premises, taking effect January 1, 2020. Our first estimate on a sprinkler system for the building we are looking at is $40,000.
The second is Public Act 101-0295, which includes many definitions, including "shelter", the 'Return' in TNR and fine structures. Took affect 8/9/19.
The third is Public Act 101-0299, requires rabies vaccination for all cats four months of age or older that are companion animals. Takes affect 1/1/20. All feral cats must be vaccinated at sterilization. This affects Feral Fixers as we often neuter at 2.5lbs, which is usually under 3 months, so will impact the feral kittens that we trap that are not yet 4 months, but not expected to become tame. We will be trying to figure how to address this issue.
Many changes, most just common sense, which shows that our legislation is becoming more reflective of current needs.
Changes To Spay/Neuter Trip Schedule
Due to veterinary availability, we may be switching from almost every Thursday to Thursdays and Mondays and not every week. PLEASE contact Feral Fixers to be sure when we are making a trip in, so that cats do not have to remain in traps longer than necessary AND you may be able to trap for a longer number of days = greater success in getting all of the cats in your colony! This may result in larger numbers trapped along with increased down time in between trips so that we are all not as exhausted by the end of the year! We're still working on this, stay posted!
Holidays Are Here!
Thank you to all of our donors, caretakers, fellow Rescue partners! Everyone who helps us every day in so many ways! We could not do this without your impact and with your help 2020 is going to be a great year!