|Practicing and promoting Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) in DuPage County, Illinois
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 #28 - February 2011|
It's cold, cold, cold out there and I think we've seen a wee bit of snow too. This has curtailed the ability to trap feral cats, probably for the next few weeks at least.
But that doesn't mean that nothing is going on at Feral Fixers. We have been catching up on our paperwork, filing our year-end Financial reports and are hard at work getting out all those Donation letters to those people who generously donated their money to us this year.
Don't forget - this upcoming Tuesday (February 8th) is the date of our next Sweet Tomatoes Fun-raiser. Come on out, have a great meal, and help Feral Fixers at the same time. Details are found in the list of Upcoming Events, later on in this newsletter.
Thank you for all of your continued support!
| Letter from the President |
Will They Be Okay?
Feral cats have been living thru winters for a very long time. While it can be challenging if they are not 100% healthy, keep in mind that snow acts as an insulator. If they can find shelter, they can burrow to it and keep warm - think of igloos. If you have not done your best to make sure they have a warm shelter, work on it now. There are several sites for shelter information on our website and you can Google "feral cat shelters" and get tons of information.
Frosty Claws was a Hit!
Thank you to everyone who attended Frosty Claws. We had a record turnout and everyone seemed to have a great time! Many people expressed their regrets at having a prior engagement - we will always be trying to schedule it the Sunday before Martin Luther King's Birthday, so keep that in mind in the future. Everyone enjoyed the food, the raffles and each other's company the most, I think!
No one has inquired, but we did find a ring that day, please contact us if you can identify it.
Getting Back to Trapping
There is much more to Feral Fixers than trapping cats. There's fundraising, record-keeping, those injured ferals and all of that takes time. Now we have been hit with this Blizzard of 2011! It may slow us down more than we had hoped in returning to trapping. We may not be able to start up again until March.
One specific need we have is for someone who can commit to having the cats in their garage the evening before they go into PAWS and to be available for their pickup on that day for the trip. It's a lot to ask, but if you think you can help, it could increase the number of trips we can make into the clinic. Currently it must be scheduled around my days off and it will limit the number of cats that we can neuter.
So, I know it's hard, but we have to work within our limitations, so please be patient!
Take a Break from Winter and come to Sweet Tomatoes!
Our February Fun-Raiser at Sweet Tomatoes is on Tuesday, February 8th. Please print a flyer and bring it with you between 5 & 8 PM and Feral Fixers will receive 15% of your total bill! Come in for the great salads, the hearty soups and the Chocolate Lava Cake!
|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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
| Photos from Frosty Claws
As was mentioned in the Letter from the President, this year's Frosty Claws was a big success! We had the largest turnout ever and everyone seemed to have a great time. There was a Silent Auction, multiple Raffles, prizes galore, music, lots to eat and drink, a demonstration of Trapping techniques and using the proper equipment and, of course, the ability to socialize with like-minded people.
Pictures from the event are now available in our Photo Album (pictured above is the map of all locations in and around DuPage County where Feral Fixers has helped caretakers - click on the picture thumbnail to see a larger version). You can also visit our Photo Album to see pictures taken from previous Feral Fixers events.
Thank you - we'll say it again; WE COULDN'T DO WHAT WE DO WITHOUT YOU!
|How many cats? - 2,494 !!
Feral Fixers was founded in September of 2007. In that abbreviated first year, Feral Fixers had 86 cats spayed / neutered. In 2008, Feral Fixers had 525 cats spayed / neutered and in 2009, Feral Fixers had 868 cats spayed / neutered. In 2010, Feral Fixers had 1,002 cats spayed / neutered! This year, Feral Fixers has had 13 cats spayed/neutered.
This brings us to a total of 2,494 cats. Clicking on the abacus will send you to the Feral Fixers 'Statistics' page where you can see our progress, month-by-month, since we've started work.
| USBones.com |
Our newest fund-raising partner is USBones.com, an online store that offers great food, treats and other pet-related products for both dogs and cats. If you purchase products from them and select Feral Fixers as your donor organization, USBones.com will donate 25% of the order amount to Feral Fixers.
Please visit their website
; it's a great way to stock up on those needed supplies and help Feral Fixers at the same time. Thank you USBones.com!
|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, above. 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 all donations are deductible to the fullest amount allowed by law.
We greatly appreciate any amount you can afford to give - Thank You!
|Calendar of Upcoming Events|
February 8th, 2011
- Another Sweet Tomatoes Fun-raiser - raise funds with your Sweetie at Sweet Tomatoes! We have booked another event at the Sweet Tomatoes Restaurant located at 2820 Highland Avenue in Lombard (630-932-5009). If you come for a meal between 5:00pm and 8:00pm on February 8th, please give a copy of this flyer
to the person collecting your money. Sweet Tomatoes will donate 15% of all proceeds collected from people bringing that flyer to Feral Fixers! Come out, bring your sweetie and join us for a great dinner and help Feral Fixers!
| New Shelter Idea
In the most recent issue of the Triple R Pets TNR News, they show a unique feral cat shelter that one of their volunteers constructed. It uses a window well cover fastened to a sheet of plywood - this allows the sun to warm up the inside of the shelter providing a toasty retreat for the ferals.
You can find details of the shelter in their newsletter here
(or by clicking on the picture). And, incidentally, if you have TNR needs in southern Cook County, Triple R Pets are the people to call. They are a great, great group, one we work with a lot, and we highly recommend their services.
|Other ways to help Feral Fixers
You can help Feral Fixers by simply shopping at Gordon Food Services
(GFS) and mentioning our name during checkout. If you shop at GFS, when they ask if your purchase is for a business or charity, all you have to do is say Feral Fixers - you don't need a card or anything and a percentage of your purchase goes to FF at the end of the year. Feral Fixers is on file, they just type it in and that is all you have to do. Pass the info on to anyone you know who shops there, anyone can help us raise funds in this way with no added expense!
GFS has some great and convenient products - check out what they have to offer!
It's like a warehouse club without the membership fee and they have similar large packaging and prices. And if you don't see something in the store, look online
and you can order it for pickup at the store, and Feral Fixers still benefits!
Thank you Gordon Food Services!
| Kittens, kittens and more kittens... |
Feral Fixers continues to be inundated with calls about "I found some kittens - can you take them for me?" Even though we are not a shelter, we still get these calls.
The situation is simple; there are just too many kittens and it's overwhelming the shelters and the fosters. It's SO important to 'TNR that mom' BEFORE she has her next litter. We're now in the position of usually having to ask people who call about this to 'step up' and socialize and foster these kittens on their own.
And, if everyone who is thinking of adopting a kitten or a cat would adopt TWO of them, rather than just one, this could make a significant dent in the problem. It's better for the cats anyway, to have some companionship when their owner / caretaker is not home. It's OK to adopt from any shelter, even from Craigslist as this is where many caretakers are trying to place their cats.
|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 CafePress store and Buy Something
! In addition to the Thermos Food Jar shown to the right (which is perfect for keeping your food hot during this cold winter), we have T-shirts, sweatshirts, aprons, hoodies, Mouse Pads, gym bags, messenger bags, coffee mugs, tote-bags, 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 Thermos Food Jar 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 Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR)?|
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.
When space is available, 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