|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 #30 - April 2011|
The weather continues to warm (though in fits and starts - there was snow on the ground a few days ago). Trapping of feral cats is beginning to ramp up and so are our efforts. Every cat spayed/neutered now is one less that will add to the burden of pet overpopulation. We recently received validation that the most effective time to trap cats is in the Spring - please read our Letter from President for more information about this.
Speaking of the Letter from the President, she has some more great news this month - the number of feral cats coming in to DuPage County Animal Care & Control has dropped by a full 50% since we have started our efforts! These efforts ARE paying off and we now have a two year trend to show for our work. Thank you to all of our volunteers and caretakers for their unceasing efforts to practice and promote Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR).
In addition to this news, we also remind you about FlowerPower, our Spring Funraising campaign which ends in just a few days. We also share with you our latest spay/neuter numbers, tell you about our next upcoming Sweet Tomatoes Fun-raiser and much more.
Thank you for all of your continued support!
| Letter from the President |50%!
Feral Fixers began as an organization in the Fall of 2007. The number of ferals euthanized at DuPage County Animal Care and Control in 2007 was 521, too soon to tell if we were having an impact. In 2008, the number fell to 486, still on the early side. In 2009, the number of ferals euthanized dropped to 314, a decrease of 35%. Last year, in 2010, 243 ferals were euthanized, an additional decrease of 15%. This is a decrease of 50% since 2008! Almost across the board, intake and euthanasia of all cats at DuPage County is lower in the last three years! And their cat adoptions are up!
I'm very happy to see that the number of cats brought to DuPage County for aggression and behavior problems is down, perhaps assisted by the number of cats that we have neutered for people who just could not afford the cost for their own pets. Litter box problems are caused in part by raging hormones.
This is such a win-win for cats and humans alike!As If They Were Our Own
Feral Fixers has become a "shelter" for ferals and strays. We did not set out to be that, but it has happened nonetheless. When there are injured cats outside, we get the call. When ferals get upper respiratory infections, we get the call. And when these cats turn "friendly", we get the call. We cannot turn these cats away, they deserve the same quality of care that any inside, "owned" cat would get.
This has brought us to our Summer fundraiser - "As If They Were Our Own." As you can imagine, costs mount up when making trips to the vet. They can be as simple as a former feral turning friendly and needing a snap test in order to go into a shelter adoption program. A feral develops an URI and needs a Convenia (long acting antibiotic injection) shot. Or they can be as complex as a cat who can go to a shelter for adoption but needs an echocardiogram because they need to know how severe his heart murmur is prior to adopting him out, or a cat with an atrophied right front leg that needs that leg amputated in order to be pain free for the rest of her life. A whole slew of cats with abscessed front paws due to fighting or accident. There have been a few that were beyond healing and required euthanasia.
Just as you would not hesitate to bring your cat to full health, neither do we. We don't get crazy, we know our limitations, but these cats just seem to be attracted to us because we will care for them and make them better. And then set them free if that is what they choose. Last year our costs for vet services other than spay/neuter were about $1,500. We seem to be on track to go well beyond that at this time.
Once again our matching funds donor has offered to match funds up to $1,000! We would like that to go towards our "As If They Were Our Own" Fundraiser. Our average expense per cat that we bring into the vet is $35, they have been as high as several hundred, as low as $8. This fundraiser will start on May 1st and will be prominently displayed on our website. Please help us to continue caring for these cats and help us to save them from pain and slow death due to infection and injury.
Read more from our President 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
| Flower Power!
No, we're not turning into hippies, but Feral Fixers has teamed up with the FlowerPower fundraising program to raise money for our Spring Campaign:
Spring is for Kittens (not)!
FlowerPower has a great selection of bulbs and plants that can be planted this spring and will really help spiff up your landscape. And, the best part is that they are donating 50%
of your order amount to Feral Fixers!
This fundraiser lasts only until April 29, so get your order in soon!
So, click on the FlowerPower logo to visit their website. This will help to satisfy that 'green-thumb urge' you're probably having about now and will really help Feral Fixers at the same time.
|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!
|How many cats? - 2,689 !!
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 208 cats spayed/neutered so far.
This brings us to a total of 2,689 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.
|Calendar of Upcoming Events|
June 21st, 2011
- Another Sweet Tomatoes Fun-raiser! 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 June 21st, please give a copy of the flyer posted (click on the Upcoming Events
tab) on our website 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!May 30th, 2011
- Feral Fixers will have a float in the Wood Dale Memorial Day Parade, kicking off at 11:00am from the Veterans Memorial on Irving Park Road in Wood Dale. Please check here
for more information on this parade as it becomes available. Come on out and show your support for Feral Fixers!July 3rd, 2011
- Feral Fixers will have a float in the Bensenville Independence Day Parade, kicking off at 2:00pm from the Bensenville Towne Center located at the intersection of Green & Center Streets in Bensenville. Information about the parade route will be available from the City of Bensenville website
. We'd love to have you come to the parade and show your support for Feral Fixers and TNR!
|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 Stackable Mug Set shown to the right, 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 Mug Set 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