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Spring Caretaker Meeting

Saturday, March 14th
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Mundelein High School
1350 W. Hawley St, Mundelein, IL

Join us for a Roundtable forum on Trapping Tips and Techniques. Light refreshments will be served.

Things to bring: empty print cartridges, old cell phones, pet food pantry donations, trapping tips, and a smile.

Dear Friends of Spay and Stay and Community Cats Everywhere,

This fall we would like to address the question as to why there are new feral and stray cats in our communities. This is despite year-round efforts from Spay and Stay caretakers and volunteers for over 12 years, with over 1,000 cats having been sterilized in each of the last three years.

The following is the true story of how cats become feral. I invited a friend to the Black Cat Ball last October, and his wife told me what she had witnessed that very morning. She was driving on Telegraph Road in Lake Forest when she saw in her rearview mirror, a woman and her young son getting out of their car. She could see that the woman had a small cat in her hands. She watched the woman and her son walk to a wooded area, set the cat on the ground, and walk away, leaving the cat behind. She went back to save the cat, but the woman had already driven off, and the cat was nowhere to be seen. What message do you think this child took from abandoning their cat? That pets are disposable? That abandoning a pet is an acceptable thing to do? That cats can survive outside on their own?

Torben appeared at a feeding station last fall and was trapped and successfully socialized with the help of Spay and Stay. He is now a happy indoor-only cat.

Torben appeared at a feeding station last fall and was trapped and successfully socialized with the help of Spay and Stay. He is now a happy indoor-only cat.

This type of behavior is occurring all around us, in both affluent and impoverished areas. If this cat finds a food source and encounters other cats, without intervention, the breeding will begin and a new generation of feral cats will be born. For this reason, Spay and Stay continues to receive calls from new and existing caretakers about new cats and kittens appearing at their feeding stations. This is why it is more important than ever for Spay and Stay to continue its mission to humanely control the growth of the feral cat population through Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR), as well as joining with humane groups and celebrities to encourage neutering of all pets.

The benefits of TNR are many, the first of which is the prevention of the breeding cycle. This, in turn, leads to many “positives” for both the cats and their communities, including the stabilization of the cat population and improvement in the lives of these cats. Spay and Stay has its share of TNR successes, as evidenced by stories related among caretakers at the caretaker meetings, as well as at Spay and Stay fundraising events. There are many colonies in which the number of cats has stabilized or decreased. The cats in some of these colonies are now over 10 years old and still continue to lead healthy, active lives. There are some colonies in which no kittens have been born for over 10 years! With the dedication and compassion of our caretakers and volunteers, and with help from our donors, Spay and Stay has become a true success story.

We are asking for your help to fund low cost neutering and vaccinations, as well as medical care for ill or injured stray and feral cats so that they might live a healthy life without adding to the population. We heartily thank the caretakers and donors who have made this work possible.

Please help Spay and Stay to continue the efforts to humanly reduce the stray cat population through Trap-Neuter-Return and working with rescue partners to find homes for adoptable cats and kittens. Thank you for sharing your generous donation and for caring for community cats. Your tax deductible gift at any level is appreciated.

Donations may be mailed to Spay and Stay, P.O. Box 145, Grayslake, IL 60030 or you can donate with a credit card via PayPal using the "Donate" button at the bottom of this page.


Elizabeth W. Fischer
President, Spay and Stay

Got Cats?

Spay and Stay works with compassionate individuals and local governments to humanely control the growth of the feral cat population in Lake County, Illinois using trap-neuter-return. We link people who care for feral cats with five veterinary clinics in the area to perform spay/neuter surgeries.

How We Work

  1. Call us at 847–289–4557 or e-mail us at to reach one of our volunteers to see if your cats are eligible for our program. (If they are not eligible, we will refer you to a group that can help.) Do not trap cats before contacting Spay and Stay.
  2. Complete the caretaker registration form and fax, e-mail or mail it to us.
  3. Once your caretaker registration form has been confirmed by Spay and Stay, we will call you to arrange:
    • Borrowing a Spay and Stay trap
    • Scheduling an appointment with one of our veterinarians.

Need more information? Read about the Spay and Stay process.

Remember, we cannot accept cats that have been trapped before you contact us.