|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 #32 - July 2011|
You know, it doesn't seem to just rain anymore - it's either a torrential, windy downpour or it's bone dry. With the power outages and other, weather-related problems, the trapping of feral cats has been more difficult and the pace has slowed down from last year. Neverthless, it's still only the middle of summer and Feral Fixers has already TNR'd nearly 440 cats this year. Every cat spayed/neutered now is one less that will add to the burden of pet overpopulation.
In this months Letter from the President, Tammy discusses a feral cat that took inadvertent refuge in a Post Office, a possible breakthrough in dealing with cat allergies and a very generous donation from Felines, Inc. In a separate article, Tammy also discusses the desperate need for more Fosters - a need which maybe you can help us with.
In addition, you can also read about how you can help us in our efforts in practicing and promoting Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR), find out how many cats we have had fixed so far and use our calendar of Upcoming Events to plan on when you might be able to come out and see us.
Thank you for all of your continued support!
| Letter from the President |Zippy Is On His Way!
On a Monday evening, the employees of the Downers Grove Post Office had a window open at street level as they worked in the basement of the building. They've done this before, with nothing of note occurring. This night, however, a bunny ran thru the window with a kitten in hot pursuit!
The employees were able to capture the bunny and return it to the outdoors. The kitten dashed further into the basement and when they finally could figure out where it was, it was under some employee lockers in a hallway. My fellow employees know what I do in my off hours (I'm a letter carrier) and they elected someone to call me. Luckily Tuesday was my day off and I was able to go over and set a trap, leaving notices not to put out additional food. Like magic, the next morning the cat was in the trap. A black kitten, hissing for all it was worth, terrified. Within two days I was able to touch him and on Tuesday of the next week, Zippy went to be neutered. When he came back from PAWS we were able to get him into one of our few fosters, where he is doing really well.
Our skills are called upon in so many different and unusual situations!Cat Allergies Breakthrough
How many cats end up outside because their owners love them, can't survive their dander? There is a new cat allergy vaccine that is in the testing phase that requires as few as four doses and seem free of side affects. Current allergy treatment requires injections several times a week for months, with continuing treatment for years, with a possibility of severe reactions.
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.
|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? - 2,918 !!
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 437 cats spayed/neutered so far.
This brings us to a total of 2,918 cats. Clicking on the adding machine will send you to the Feral Fixers 'Statistics' page where you can see our progress, month-by-month, since we've started work.
| Every Rescue & Shelter Needs Fosters NOW! |
We are in touch with almost all of the shelters in the DuPage area in one way or another. Fostering is down, not as many people are doing it this year. Most shelters are closing their doors to intake as they cannot support the animals they currently have. For shelters that do store front adoptions, without a brick and mortar shelter, they need to have at least as many fosters as they have animals in those cages in case they get sick or need a break from being too long at the stores. Brick and mortar shelters are limited because most animals need to go into foster and be "tested" in a home situation. They need to know how a cat is going to behave in a home so that when they adopt it out, they can be reasonably certain that the cat will use the litter box, not attack other animals or children or climb the drapes. Fostering is the proving ground prior to adoption.
What the lack of fosters means to us is that we CANNOT take in fully adoptable animals from the outside. Every time we place kittens with a shelter, the same number show up, fresh from the outside. There are long lines waiting to get in.
Adoptions are down. The economy sucks.
If you have the ability, the room, the talent, please offer to foster. If not for us, for any shelter close to your home.
We've asked for fosters before and ended up softening the wording, trying to be more positive, but it has not worked. Every day, we have to make hard choices about who can have a home because we have nowhere to put these cats and kittens.
There are fewer cats than there would be if we had not begun almost four years ago. Things are going to get harder before they get better. And if you can play a part in things getting better, you will have our unlimited gratitude and the satisfaction of playing a part in making things better for cats all over DuPage. It may just be one cat, one litter of kittens that you see in front of you, but look behind them at all the others that they symbolize.
Thank you so much, if you are reading this, you care. Please pass on information about this enormous need to anyone you think can help.
|Calendar of Upcoming Events|
September 25th, 2011
- Feral Fixers will again host a booth at the West Suburban Humane Society's annual Barkapalooza. This will be the fifth time we've been at this event and it's always a wonderful time. Even though this is a "dog-themed" event, many people are interested in who we are and what we do and we have received much support from attendees. Unlike previous years, this year's event will be held in Lisle at the Lisle Community Park. Details can be found on the West Suburban Humane Society's webpage
. Please come out and visit us - I'm sure you'll have a great time!September 27th, 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 September 27th, 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 a friend and join us for a great dinner and help Feral Fixers!November 29th, 2011
- And still 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 November 29th, 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 a friend and join us for a great dinner and help Feral Fixers!
| 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 Shot Glass 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 Shot Glass 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