On Tuesday, Feb. 9, Fat Cat Rescue is hosting a benefit for the feral cat colonies in Waukegan and North Chicago, Ill. The rescue has been heavily involved in caring for the feral colonies for many years, and just recently incorporated as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that also works to adopt out stray cats and socialize feral kittens for adoption also.
The Feb. 9 event will raise money for the ongoing feeding, sheltering and veterinary care for the feral cats, including their trap-neuter-return (TNR) activities. TNR has been endorsed by both the ASPCA and the Humane Society of the United States as the most humane and most effective way of controlling and reducing feral cat populations. In fact, according to Alley Cat Allies, nearly all of the feral cats living under the Atlantic City boardwalk are neutered now, and the populations have been shrinking through natural attrition.
In addition to their TNR efforts, Fat Cat Rescue also builds shelters for feral cats every winter to help them survive the harsh cold. As adult feral cats aren't socialized and can't be socialized, they continue to live outside all year long in all types of weather. The shelters, which are usually built out of exterior foam housing insulation with straw inside for additional warmth, help to protect the cats from the harsh winters of the Midwest. Part of the funds raised at this event will go towards additional materials to build more shelters.
The fundraiser will be held at starting at 7 p.m. at Jester's Bar, located at 1500 N. Lewis Ave. in Waukegan, and has a Mardi Gras theme, so remember to bring a mask to wear. A $5 donation will be required at the door, and there will be a raffle and a silent auction during the evening. There will also be live music provided by Seven Pound Fury. So if you'd like to come celebrate Fat Tuesday while supporting a great cause, come out to Jester's Bar in Waukegan and show your support for animal rescue and TNR operations.