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Practicing and promoting Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) in DuPage County, Illinois
We're a 501c3 not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting and practicing Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) in DuPage County, Illinois. We believe that TNR is the only effective, humane and long-term solution to the problem of cat overpopulation.

The Feral Fixers e-Newsletter - Issue #7 - April, 2009

Save the date!

June 27th is the date of the first annual Feral Fixers

Wet Your Whiskers

An evening of fun and frolic and music for all of us who love cats!

 
Live music will be provided by Marc Gunn, a musician specializing in the celtic culture of music.
 

We'll have more details on this event for you soon - but make sure that you keep the evening of June 27th open!


Message from the President...

We didn’t set out to break records at the beginning of March, but that is certainly what we have done!

In February, I counted up all the “outstanding” cats that we had on our books. Some new colonies, some from last year, many that had not been TNR’d due to weather, etc. When that number came out to be over 100 cats, we approached PAWS for more slots. They were extremely accommodating and offered us several dates where we could bring in 20+ cats at a time.

Well, in March I had a vacation from my “real” job. That meant that we could do even more cats than normal, without those hours missing from every day!

Usually you say thank you at the end of a piece, but I would like to thank everyone now – please forgive me if I miss anyone!

THANK YOU!!!!

  • to all the caretakers who trapped their own cats, who transported their cats to us, who care for these cats every day, day in and day out, and have taken responsibility for limiting future litters!

  • to all our donors who make it possible to TNR those cats whose caretakers can only afford food but want to do the responsible thing by getting them neutered and vaccinated!

  • to everyone who transported for us, to PAWS and to and from the caretakers: Ted, Jennifer, Amy, Mary, Mary, Becky, Kim, Diane, Chloe. Your help is priceless!

  • to those who trapped when the caretakers could not – Mary, Diane and MJ. So many cats, so little time!

  • to Sue, who loans us her van when we have a big load of cats – this saves us so much time and effort!

  • a special mention for someone who has started a crusade to get us enough newspaper – Laura!

  • to Leo, who helps me transfer cats, repairs our traps and puts up with all of the traffic that this process requires!

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Read more about what our President, Tammy McAuley, has to say about 'March Madness' at feral fixers here.


Want to help?

Interested in helping Feral Fixers?  We are looking for a 'few good volunteers'! Specifically, we're looking for someone to help us transport cats to and from PAWS (the Spay/Neuter clinic we use) in Chicago.  We need transport both in the morning and the afternoon.  If you're interested in helping, call us at (630) 881-FXRS (3977) or
email us at info@feralfixers.org.


Matching Donations

In the March e-Newsletter, we told you how HSBC now gives matching donations to Feral Fixers.  Matching donations are a wonderful way to make your giving go even further and we were very happy to find that Cantigny also gives a matching donation.  Thanks to the time put in by Feral Fixers volunteer Rich, Feral Fixers recently received a check from Cantigny - thanks Rich and thanks Cantigny!


How many cats?  782 !!

Feral Fixers was founded and incorporated in late September, 2007.  In our first fiscal year (through September, 2008) Feral Fixers had 476 cats spay/neutered.  So far in our second fiscal year, Feral Fixers has had 306 more cats spay/neutered, including 123 in March.


Shop & Share is back!

Yes, the Shop & Share program is back!  This is a program set up by Jewel-Osco which gives the designated organization 5% of whatever you spend in their stores on the designated dates.  Last year, Feral Fixers received over $230.00 from this program and this year we'd like to do better.  If you click on the Shop&Share button, to the left, you'll be able to download coupons good for June 15, 16 and 17 of this year.  Just bring one of these coupons to any Jewel-Osco on one of those three dates.  Sign it and give it to the cashier when you pay for your groceries and he/she will fill in the amount of your purchase that day.  Jewel-Osco will then donate 5% of your total purchase amount to Feral Fixers - it's that simple!  And don't forget to make copies of these coupons and send them to your friends so they can support us to - thank you!


Donate to Feral Fixers

Feral Fixers offers its TNR services to all colony caretakers, without charge.  While we ask for donations from colony caretakers, we recognize that for some of them, any additional cost is just too much.  Therefore we rely on donations from other individuals to make up the difference and allow us to continue our work.  These donations allow us to spay/neuter additional cats, keep a 'bank' of traps and trap dividers we loan out for free, hold workshops and provide other educational benefits.  You can help us continue our work by clicking on the Donate button, below.  This will take you to the PayPal website where you can donate to Feral Fixers via PayPal or Credit card.  Feral Fixers is a registered 501c3 charitable organization and any donation is deductible to the fullest amount allowed by law.  Any amount you care to donate is gratefully received.


Website updates

Are you one of those people who have several favorite websites that you visit all the time, looking to see if anything has been updated?  Do you wish that your computer would just tell you when something new has been added to one of your favorite sites?  Well then, I have good news for you; RSS is an internet feature which does just that!  If you 'subscribe' to a website which has an RSS feed, you will be notified automatically when new content is added to a website that you follow.  And, to see this new content, all you have to do is to click on the notice and the story will be displayed for you - you don't even have to visit the site.

If you're like me and you have several sites you want to follow, such a feature is both a time-saver and ensures that you check all your favorite websites all the time so you don't miss anything.  Any Internet browser you use these days (Internet Explorer, Opera, Firefox, Chrome, Safari, etc.) has the ability to accept RSS feeds - and these are all free to use.  In addition, if you use a program like FeedDemon, it will not only follow all of these sites for you, but will also find stories for you based on key words.  For instance, you can set up a 'Watch' for something like 'feral cats' and when a story appears on the Internet with that phrase in it, it will be automatically catalogued for you - you don't have to search for it.

RSS is a great feature and the Feral Fixers website has an RSS feed for you.  All you have to do to subscribe to the feed is to click on the RSS button at the bottom, left of the website to add the Feral Fixers website to your RSS reader.  This way, whenever we post a new story on our website, you'll be automatically notified.  Give it a try - I think you'll really like it!


Shop for Feral Fixers!

Want to purchase something purr-fect for your cat-lover friends and help out Feral Fixers at the same time?  Just visit our Caf├ęPress store and Buy Something! In addition to the baseball cap shown to the right, we have T-shirts, Hoodies, Coffee Mugs, Pet food bowls, etc. A portion of each sale goes to help us in our TNR efforts. To visit the store, just click on the baseball cap or visit our website and click on the 'Buy Something' button at the top - Thank you!


Visit us on the Web!

Visit our website at www.feralfixers.org.  There you can donate to us (via PayPal or Credit card), visit our store, read the latest news, and learn more about Feral cats.  If this newsletter has been forwarded to you, you can also sign up to be on our mailing list so you don't miss a thing!


What is TNR (Trap / Neuter / Return)? TNR is a full management plan in which stray and feral cats already living outdoors in cities, towns, and rural areas are humanely trapped, evaluated, vaccinated, and sterilized by veterinarians. Adoptable cats and kittens are transferred to sheltering organizations to be adopted into good homes. Healthy adult cats unsocialized to humans are returned to their familiar habitat under the lifelong care of their original caretakers.

Feral Fixers, NFP, is a certified 501c3 corporation - EIN Number 13-4364615
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