e Feral Feline Project (FFP) specializes in Trap Neuter and Return (TNR) of feral (wild) or stray, outdoor cats. Our efforts focus on humanely reducing outdoor and abandoned cats living in Northern Cook County, IL.
Cats are humanely trapped and taken to the veterinarian clinic to receive the TNR package (please read below). They are returned back to their familiar habitat and are cared for and monitored by their caretaker. This process immediately halts the births of feral kittens, improves the overall health of the cats and stabilizes the colony.
Kittens Kittens and Kittens
When you TNR, you get kittens. A lot of times we trap pregnant females, or assist with people who have found kittens in their yards. Our adoption program is foster based. Check out our Petfinder link to see currently available kittens and friendly cats. If you have kittens, we can help to ensure they are spayed/neutered, up to date on shots and assist with placing them in furever homes. We don't have a lot of foster homes so we can't always take every kitten that is found, but if you are willing to foster the kittens you find, we will help you get them adopted. Fostering is FUN! Everyone likes playing with kittens. We will also help with the cost of food, litter, vaccinations, vet visits and toys. (toys are super important to kittens!!)
If you can't foster, ask us for help anyway. We might have room or can refer you to another group that can help.
****You need to contact us as soon as you see the kittens. If they are over 10 weeks old and haven't been socialized with people, they will be feral.**** A good rule of thumb is "If their eyes are blue, we can help you".
Feral Cat Spay and Neuter Program (Your cost $75 per cat)
This program is for feral and stray cats that are living outdoors. Please note that FFP does not remove or relocate feral cats. There is no farm/sanctuary or other colony for them to be transferred to. The TNR package includes spay/neuter, 1 year rabies, microchip, Frontline Plus, left ear tip and exam for $75 per cat. The cats also receive an examination, treatment for illnesses or minor wounds and are ear tipped. We accept cash, credit card (on-line only) and check. There is an option for payment plan, but must be pre-approved by a volunteer. You can pay by clicking "Donate" at the top.
You must complete a caretaker agreement and send it to us before we can begin working with you. The agreement can be found on our documents page. Please email your completed agreement to us.
We temporarily suspend TNR services during the winter months. If you have an indoor location where the cat can recuperate after surgery, please contact us. If not, please wait until winter is over and the temperatures warm up. We typically open again in mid-April.
There is a good chance that not every single cat in a colony is feral. We have many pet cats that join colonies after getting lost or abandoned. If you have a friendly cat in your colony or kittens and are interested in fostering it yourself or getting it placed in one of our foster homes please contact us at FeralFelineProject@gmail.com. We can help the adoption process by placing and showing cats at PetSmart or by posting the cat or kitten on our Petfinder.com account.
Please stop by to see the cats and kittens up for adoption in the Vernon Hills PetSmart adoption center, 7 days of week, at 700 N. Milwaukee Rd. Vernon Hills, IL. You may walk out with the love of your life.
We also show kittens at the Mt. Prospect PetSmart located in Randhurst Shopping Center. We are typically there from 12:30-3:30 on most Saturdays.
Are you passionate about what we're doing? Let us know! We are always looking for volunteers to help us make our vision a reality. We'll help you find a way to volunteer that best suits you.We are always in desperate need of new foster homes, TNR associates, transporters, vacation coverage, etc... We're excited to have you join the team!
Whether you help through monetary donations, volunteering your time, or spreading our mission through word-of-mouth, thank you. We couldn't accomplish our goals without the help of supporters like you.
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Your generous gift will help us with our expenses for caring for sick or injured cats and kittens, provide food, litter and medical care for feral, community cats and adoptable kittens. $75 will cover the cost of TNR for one cat.
Does your company match donations? Don't forget to check! If they do, your generosity will be doubled once you submit the appropriate paperwork to them. Many companies allow payroll donations that are matched.
We are a foster home based organization. All of our volunteers also have full time jobs. We are happy to work with you if you are in our area of NW Cook County. Please email us for more information or with questions. We will respond as soon as we can. If you are looking for assistance with TNR for feral or community cats, please fill out the caretaker agreement on our "documents" page and email it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org