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 #54 - October, 2014
In This Issue
Letter From The President
Celebrate 7000!
Don't forget to follow us on Facebook!
Feral Fixers Wish Lists
National Feral Cat Day Fundraiser!
Want to Help?
Fosters are needed now!
Celebrate 5500 T-Shirts now on Sale!
Shop on ebay - Help Feral Fixers!
How many cats? - 6,979!!
Shop on Amazon - Help Feral Fixers!
Donate to Feral Fixers
Calendar of Upcoming Events
Shop for Feral Fixers
National Feral Cat Day
Visit us on the Web
What is Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR)?
About us
Dear Friend,

OMG, another jam-packed eNewsletter!

So much is going on.  We've surpassed the 1,000 mark for spaying/neutering cats for the fifth year in a row.  National Feral Cat Day (with an accompanying fundraiser to try and raise $1,000 - the cost of spaying/neutering 40 feral cats) is almost here.  Tickets for Celebrate 7000, an afternoon of fun and food for all of our supporters, are now available.  The highly collectible Celebrate 5500 T-Shirts are now on sale (only a limited amount are available - don't delay!), Feral Fixers won $500 from the Stasek Chevrolet Great Charity Contest, etc., etc., etc...

And that's not the half of it!

Feral Fixers President Tammy gives us her perspective on recent events and future needs - we really, really, really, could use some more fosters...

Enjoy this eNewsletter, and thank you again for all of your support - we couldn't do what we do without you!


Feral Fixers
Letter from the President

Been a nice, cool summer hasn't it?


We realized recently that the number of kittens and pregnant ferals we are encountering might be totally due to the climate! Normally, with the temperatures soaring, the unfortunate result is that many ferals do not make it thru the Summer heat - probably more die in the Summer than the Winter in fact. You know, you can always put more clothes on...


From My Cousin Vinny -


Vinny Gambini: "I bought a suit. You seen it. Now it's covered in mud. This town doesn't have a one hour cleaner so I had to buy a new suit, except the only store you could buy a new suit in has got the flu. Got that? The whole store got the flu so I had to get this in a second hand store. So it's either wear the leather jacket which I know you hate, or this. So I wore this ridiculous thing for you."


The handful of volunteers who can do trapping and set up caretakers to do TNR are completely exhausted and yes, some of us have the flu. Many of us do multiple tasks, people who trap also foster and transport, etc. - we are just in over our heads. At a time when the number of fosters and volunteers is at an all-time low, we are desperate. If you've been keeping track of us for awhile, you know that we do not ask for help unless we need it. And, boy, do we need it. We have over 50 kittens waiting for fostering. They are currently in cages, as that is the only way to get them off the streets. Its good enough for now but being in a home would be so much better and get them on to being adopted that much faster. How do you leave a 5 week old kitten outside to be picked off by raccoons and possums and predatory birds? How do you put back out a 12 week old that as soon as you touch it, it begins purring, trembling with the newness of the experience but still wanting to come inside and join the humans? If you can answer me these questions, with good answers that we can all live with, please share them. In the meantime, we may not get to all the cats that need TNR - because we cannot create more time in a day! We tried to take a full break - that didn't work out well - still so many responsibilities. So, we're going to have to slow down - instead of 40+ cats in a trip to PAWS, trying to limit it to 20 cats. Hopefully, with your help, we could reopen the "store" and crank out more cats, but for now, we might not get to everyone we would really like to.


At Feral Fixers, Do We Ask Too Much Of Ourselves?


As far as I can tell, we are the only organization in the area without a brick & mortar that does as much as we do with as few people in such a short time. I was looking at other organizations' information and one really stood out to me. They had incorporated at roughly the same time, just over seven years ago and were (quite rightly) very proud that they had neutered 700 cats in that time. I read and re-read it. This is a TNR group and yes they also do adoptions, etc., like we do. I just had to really pause and think. 700 is a huge number of cats that will not be re-producing. It made it clear to me that perhaps we are doing too much overall.


I know other organizations are able to JUST do TNR. That's it. They do not take in kittens and friendlies, they do not provide after care or care for injuries for the ferals in the area, they do not help with "end of life care" - taking the cats to be euthanized when they need it, they do not help relocate cats when caretakers have life changes and the ferals will suffer. What do you think - are we just plain nuts? What should we change?


We do all of this because we care what happens to each individual cat - each one deserves individual consideration and that's probably why we've neutered almost


7,000 cats in seven years!


Happy Anniversary to us!


How many cats ARE there? Numbers to Think About


Pets by the numbers 

U.S. Pet Ownership Statistics 


I was playing with the numbers that I could find online. Taking the total number of households in DuPage County = 335,532, multiplying by .304 (magic number to determine cat-owning households) = 101,901 cat owning households. Multiply that by 2.1 (avg # cats per household) = 213,992 owned cats in DuPage County. Say cats live a high average maximum of 20 years. Divide the number of cats by years and you might calculate that 10,000 homes become available each year in all of DuPage County - it should even out that new cat owning households as kids move out and people not replacing cats that have passed would roughly balance each other. Just some numbers to think about!


A Project with Really Good Numbers - What Others Are Doing!


The numbers in this article from the University of Florida are astonishing: Five square miles, 2,366 cats trapped - only 54% of what was there, 1,169 returned, 912 adopted or transferred to shelters, 61 cats relocated. This project covered a wide range of demographics - university campus, trailer parks, downtown district, and industrial areas - all places that typically have large feral cat populations. Unfortunately, it did not include the information of how many households or addresses in the area covered. But what a huge impact!

Feral Fixers Logo Don't forget to follow us on Facebook!

Feral Fixers has a very active Facebook page.  You can go there and get the very latest information about what we are doing - many times even before it shows up on the blog!

Don't forget to "Like" us and the good karma will surely flow your way...

To find our Facebook page, click on the Facebook logo.

And, speaking of Facebook, Feral Fixers recently won the Bill Stasek Chevrolet Great Charity Contest and a prize of $500 because Feral Fixers supporters on Facebook voted for us in great numbers.  Feral Fixers president Tammy McAuley, Feral Fixers volunteers Cathi Davis and Ted Semon, and "Sinbad" visited the Stasek dealership for a photo opportunity and to pick up the $500 check.  In addition, we had the very great pleasure of meeting Bill and Bob Stasek, true animal lovers and all-around good guys.  They learned about Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) and posted a very nice article on their Facebook Page.

Thank you Bill Stasek Chevrolet!
Feral Fixers Wish Lists

SPECIAL NOTE - We have recently updated our Wish Lists on both of these sites.  If you haven't visited one or both of them recently, we invite you to do so again in the near future - Thank you!

Want to help Feral Fixers by purchasing something that we really could use?  Then check out our Wish Lists on and Amazon.  Both of them have many items listed that we would greatly appreciate and they are shipped directly to us!

This is a wonderful way to help Feral Fixers.  Many people prefer to support a charitable organization by purchasing items for them rather than sending them a donation and this is a way you can do so.

To find the Feral Fixers Wish List on, just go to their website and click on the Wish List link near the top, right-hand corner of the page.  Then enter the words "Feral Fixers" (without the quotation marks) into the box that says "Find Someone's Wish List" and hit Enter.  You'll then be presented with all of the items currently on that Feral Fixers would like to have.  Add the item(s) you wish to donate to your Shopping Cart in the normal manner and, when you pay for them, they'll be ordered and shipped directly to Feral Fixers!

And, if you order from the AmazonSmile website (see instructions elsewhere in this eNewsletter for instructions on how to do so), you'll help us in an additional way - you'll have donated one or more items to us AND 1/2% of your purchase price will also be additionally donated to Feral Fixers (this only applies to items that are so eligible - shown in the description of them item).

To find the Feral Fixers Wish List on, just go to their website and point to the Registry link at the top.  From the drop-down menu shown at that time, click on the Wish List link.  Enter "Feral" in the First Name Field and "Fixers" in the Last Name field (without the quotation marks) and click on the "Find" button.  You'll then see a table with one line item in it.  Click on the FERAL FIXERS line and you'll see our Wish List displayed.  Add the item(s) you wish to donate to your Shopping Cart in the normal manner and, when you pay for them, they'll be ordered and shipped directly to Feral Fixers!

Thank you!
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
Fosters are needed now!

We seem to have more kittens for this time of year than ever and at this time of year, fosters are winding down, have other activities to pursue, etc., so there's a huge imbalance between supply and demand!

We do our best to work with fosters but they need to:  
  • Be in easy driving distance of Lombard - emergencies happen and being 45 minutes away, one way, is just not a good idea.
  • Have only one or few animals of their own - asking someone to take on 4 additional cats when they already have 4++ animals on hand could be a problem
  • Spend a reasonable amount of time at home - someone who travels or has long work days cannot sufficiently support the behavior modification that is sometimes necessary with young kittens
Be clear about expectations of us and ask plenty of questions!

In return, fosters receive so much love and affection from these cats and the knowledge that they are part of the pipeline of Rescue - getting them ready for their forever homes!

Please, Help us help them!
Celebrate 5500 T-Shirts now on Sale!

The highly-collectible T-Shirts which were given out to attendees of the Celebrate 5500! event are now for sale for only $10 each (including shipping to anywhere in the US)!

Limited quantities are still available and can be ordered from the Feral Fixers website.  Don't delay - they're going fast!

Click on the T-Shirt to buy!
Shop on ebay - Help Feral Fixers!

Did you know that some of your purchases on ebay can directly help Feral Fixers?  When a seller posts an item, they can designate a charity to donate a portion of the proceeds to.  Several people have done so for Feral Fixers.  When you purchase one or more of these items, a portion of the sale is donated directly to Feral Fixers!

You don't have to register anything, submit any coupons, fill out any forms, etc.  All you have to do is to purchase an item whose seller has designated Feral Fixers as their Charity of Choice.

If you follow this link, you can see all the items on ebay that have Feral Fixers as a designated charity.

Our thanks to those sellers who have so-designated Feral Fixers - your contributions are greatly appreciated!  And, if you are a seller and would like to start designating Feral Fixers as a Charity, instructions on how to do so are shown on the same page.

Thank you!
How many cats? - 6,979 !!

# of cats fixed

For the fifth year in a row, Feral Fixers has spayed/neutered more than 1,000 cats - and the year isn't over yet!

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.
Shop on Amazon - Help Feral Fixers!

Feral Fixers is now a designated charity on, the website which offers a gazillion items for sale.  A great many of these items have been designated eligible for "amazonsmile", a program that automatically donates 1/2% of the purchase price of the item to the charity of your choice.

Instead of signing on to, sign on to instead.  You'll then be able to designate a "Favorite charity".  Enter "Feral Fixers" where asked to and then Feral Fixers will be eligible for these donations.

In order for you to then purchase amazonsmile items, you will always need to sign in to  This is the same website you've always enjoyed - all of the products are still listed, but note that not every item on Amazon is "amazonsmile" eligible.  Items that are eligible are clearly designated as such in the description.

So, register Feral Fixers as your favorite charity and help us help the cats!

Thank you!
PayPal DonationDonate 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

Adoption Events

October 18, 2014 - PetSmart Adoption Event!! Feral Fixers will be hosting an adoption event at the PetSmart located at 63 Rice Lake Square in Wheaton from 11am to 3pm. All of our cats/kittens are in Foster homes, are spayed/neutered, current on their vaccinations, microchipped, dewormed and FeLV/FIV tested. 


July 2, 2014 - October 15, 2014 - Future Blooms Fundraiser! It's not too early to start thinking about next year's garden, it's really not. Anytime between
ow and October 15th, you can purchase from the wonderful selection at FlowerPowerFundraising and 50% of your purchase price will go directly to Feral Fixers and your order is shipped directly to you! Just click here to visit the FlowerPower Feral Fixers page - Thank you!

October 16, 2014 - National Feral Cat Day!  Many years ago, the folks at Alley Cat Allies designated October 16th as National Feral Cat Day.  Each year, this date has assumed more and more importance as Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) has moved into the mainstream.  This year, Feral Fixers has a recognized event for this day (we're going to spay/neuter up to 40 cats) and we want to raise $1,000 to pay for these spay/neuters.  This is a one-day fund raiser which will happen only on October 16th.  If we can just get 40 people to donate $25 or more, we can reach our goal of $1,000.  We hope you will consider donating on this day to this event - any amount is gratefully received - Thank You!  In addition, Jackson Galaxy, cat lover extraordinare, has published a Public Service Announcement about National Feral Cat Day - click on the picture to listen to it.

December 2, 2014 - December 16, 2014 - #GivingTuesday! During the Thanksgiving-Christmas holidays, we have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals. Now, we have #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back. On Tuesday, December 2, 2014, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give. Last year Feral Fixers participated in this event and it was very successful. Watch this space for more information about this Fundraiser as it becomes available - Thank you!

Other important dates 

November 8, 2014 - Bake Sale! - Once again, Feral Fixers will be hosting a Bake Sale table at the 35th Annual Holiday Craft Show being held at Trinity Lutheran Church, located at the corner of Roosevelt & Meyers Rd in Lombard from 9am to 2pm. Every year this event gets bigger and better and Feral Fixers is very pleased to be a part of it. Click here to view / download an event flyer.

December 7, 2014 - Celebrate 7,000! - To celebrate our 7,000th cat (yes, we're looking ahead!), Feral Fixers will be hosting an event at the VFW Hall located at 29 E St. Charles Rd in Villa Park. More details about this event, including information on how to buy "Early Bird" tickets, is in this eNewsletter.

January 18, 2015 - Frosty Claws! - Feral Fixers will be hosting its seventh (yes, SEVENTH) annual Frosty Claws on this date at the VFW Hall located at 29 E St. Charles Rd in Villa Park. More details about this event will be posted when available.

April 19, 2015 - Shop4Strays! - Feral Fixers will be hosting its fifth Shop4Strays Bazaar at the VFW Hall located at 29 E St. Charles Rd in Villa Park. More details about this event will be posted when available. 
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 Hoodie shown to the right (perfect for the Fall weather which is now here), we have T-shirts, sweatshirts, aprons, hoodies, mouse pads, gym bags, messenger bags, coffee mugs, tote-bags, pet food bowls, Pajamas etc. A portion of each sale goes to help us in our TNR efforts.

To visit the store, just click on the Hoodie or visit our website and click on the 'CafePress' button at the top - Thank you!

Visit us on the Web 

Visit our website at  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 CatTNR 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