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 #55 - December, 2014
In This Issue
Letter from the President
Don't forget to follow us on Facebook!
Feral cats and the Chicago Tribune
Feral Fixers Wish Lists
Article Headline
Want to Help?
Fosters are needed now!
Celebrate 5500 T-Shirts now on Sale!
Shop on ebay - Help Feral Fixers!
How many cats? - 7,240!!
Shop on Amazon - Help Feral Fixers!
Donate to Feral Fixers
Calendar of Upcoming Events
Shop for Feral Fixers
Visit us on the Web
What is Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR)?
About us
Dear Friend,

OMG, the Holidays ARE HERE!

First of all, thank you to everyone who attended or supported our recent Celebrate 7,000 event!  Everyone who attended had a great time and, even though it was held in the middle of a bunch of other goings-on, it was a success.  Thank you again for your support.

There is still time left to donate to Feral Fixers as part of our #GivingTuesday - Black Cat Fundraiser - donations are accepted up until midnight on Tuesday, December 16th.

And then we have Frosty Claws - our SEVENTH annual new year celebration and fundraiser.  Every year this event gets bigger and better and we're looking forward to it again this year.  Early bird tickets are available until January 14th so don't delay.

This eNewsletter also contains this month's Letter from the President discussing much of what we have been doing lately, introduces a new book (just in time for the Holidays) by Linda Harper, shares a very feral-friendly story in a recent edition of the Chicago Tribune, discusses our ongoing need for Fosters, tells you how you can help Feral Fixers during your holiday shopping and much, much, more...

Oh, and this year we set yet another new yearly record, spay/neutering 1,253 cats for the year (and we're not quite done yet)!

So, 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

Our many thanks to all of you, as always, because without the volunteers, donors, facebook friends, everyone who helps and looks out for Feral Fixers and the cats all year long, we could not do what we do! 


No Rest for the Weary (or so I'm told)  


We have lots more going on -


There's Black Friday, Cyber Monday and then for Feral Fixers there is Giving Tuesday which will take place on December 2nd across the nation! It is a day to donate and help those who need your assistance to do the work they perform all year long! Look for our #Giving Tuesday Black Cat Fundraiser - we have a donation of $5,000 and our hope is that our donors will match that amount to raise another $5,000! That would equal $10,000 and supply the funds for almost 300 feral surgeries! Feral Fixers TNR's those cats that do not have financial support for spay/neuter. Our goal is to get every cat neutered and prevent kittens, whether someone can donate on the behalf of those cats or not and we count on our general donation funds to cover those expenses and you guys have come thru time and time again! We have neutered over 2,300 black cats since our beginning in 2007, almost a third of all cats TNR'd in DuPage County by Feral Fixers!


Our Tastefully Simple Fundraiser runs thru December 15th - be sure to order your dips and mixes and sauces early to have on hand for entertaining, gift-giving or something special for yourself!

Frosty Claws is coming!


Be sure to mark your new 2015 calendars with the date for Frosty Claws - January 18th. We expect to have a big crowd as usual and have therefore expanded the time to 4 hours long instead of 3, we want everyone to have the time to enjoy themselves! Please stay posted for more information on our website. Donors are already asking WHEN they can bring stuff to donate to our Silent Auction - please contact us on or after December 15th - and the deadline to donate items is January 10th. We always have such a wonderful variety of stuff! Keep in mind when you are donating - new in the package or unique and vintage or hand-crafted should be your guidelines - if your brother or sister wouldn't bid on it, who would? Its fascinating how items from several different people can come together to make a really special gift basket! I can't wait to see what will show up this year!


Winter care for ferals:


The people in Toronto have great suggestions for shelters - visit the Cold Weather Care link on the left-hand side of our home page for a tip on keeping drinking water from freezing.


Emergency/cheap solution: If you see a feral in need of a shelter, a cardboard box, lined with Styrofoam, stuffed with straw and wrapped in a garbage bag will suffice until and if something more deluxe is available. Cut a 6" round door at least 4" off the ground, elevate on bricks or boards and face the door out of the wind, lean a board against the front to create a foyer and you are done. This can be done for zero dollars if you have supplies lying around - the only hard-to-get item is straw and many people are trying to figure out how to get rid of the stuff without paying for a garbage sticker to have it taken away. This would be a very lightweight shelter, so try to place something heavy on top so that it does not blow away in a frigid gust of wind.


Be sure to provide water. A feeding station is a great way to keep the ferals out of the wind, too - Rubbermaid tote on its side, screwed to some boards to keep it elevated and out of melting snow - and the cats won't have to eat out in the wind. 

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.
Feral Cats and the Chicago Tribune

Recently, there was an article in the Chicago Tribune about feral cats located at the Hawthorne Race Track.  It seems a dispute has broken out as to is or should be caring for the cats.

Too often we see articles about whether or not feral cats should be removed from some location, but the tone of this article is that, of course, there should be feral cats located here - the only dispute is who is taking care of them.  That's a welcome step up - thank you Hawthorne Race Track (and thank you Chicago Tribune for reporting on this).
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!
A new book from Linda Harper

Linda Harper, the founder of Blessed Bonds, has a new book out, just in time for the Holidays!  It's entitled The Power of Joy in Giving to Animals and is about;

"From start to finish, the power of joy has been my guide in writing this book.  Finally --I practice what I preach and experience the difference it makes in my life and others. I would like you to experience the natural flow of joy in your life and in all that you do for our furry friends. It is an incredible honorable journey to give to animals.  Actions that come from the innate joy contain the contagious, compelling power that is needed for us to unite together and create a kinder world for all living beings."

You can order the book, in either print or electronic version, from Amazon.
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? - 7,240 !!

# 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


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. This fundraiser runs through December 16th - Thank you!  
Other important dates 

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 are located elsewhere in this eNewsletter.

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 Holiday Ornament shown to the right (perfect for the season!), 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 Ornament 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