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Teddy patrols the sidewalks.

Teddy patrols the sidewalks.

What a crazy week it’s been. First I get my leg caught up in that bush, then it starts to rain, and then, to top it all off, I find a delicious-looking meal in a small hiding spot, and somehow get trapped and taken away to some really strange place for a few days!

Can you believe it? I mean, who does that sort of thing?    

Spay and Stay, that’s who.

Oh, where are my manners? My name is Fluffer, and I live outside with a bunch of my friends. It’s not always easy, but every once in a while these nice humans give us food. I mean, sometimes it feels like I wait days for a meal, and hey, there just aren’t a pile of mice sitting around in the winter waiting to be eaten. A guy can get very hungry sharing food with 30 other cats, you know, so any time I spot some good food, I’m going after it!

So there I was, about to settle in and enjoy a nice bowl of food, and just like that, I find myself trapped in this little hiding spot. Sandy, a buff tabby-human, and her orange tabby-human daughter showed up and moved my hiding spot to a garage where two other humans gave me even more delicious food and water. I was so happy because I didn’t have to wait for food like I usually do under the trailer where I live.

But seriously, where the heck are all these humans coming from, anyhow?

Spay and Stay, that’s where.

Well, the next day the humans took me to this strange smelling office where I saw many of my colony friends in their very own little hiding spots, and yes, even more humans. After a little while, I had a nice nap, and when I woke up, I felt different. I was a bit lighter, my leg felt a lot better, and my ears weren’t itching any more.

I still wasn’t quite sure what was going on, but I was getting a lot of great food out of it, so I wasn’t complaining (too much!). This time another human named Ann brought me the yummies, and I was starting to feel stronger than I have in a while.

The next day, Ann brought me back home, opened my hiding spot and away I ran to meet my friends and compare notes.

Tommy, one of my pals, looked at me and said “Yikes, what happened to the tip of your ear? Does mine look like that? Who does that sort of thing?”
Spay and Stay, that’s who.

Word got around pretty quickly, and now some of my friends are jealous. They didn’t get the long nap or the good food or cleaned ears. They see me feeling good and looking good because I’m not fighting or chasing around anymore. They’ve been asking me when it will be their turn. I tell them that I sure hope it’s very soon, for their sake.

I feel like a new cat, and I know I’m going to be much happier from now on!

So how is Spay and Stay able to help so many cats?

Spay and Stay relies heavily on volunteer efforts, grants, and donations to provide this valuable service to our community.

Help us help these cats live longer, healthier, happier lives.

Helping PawsOn-line Auction

August 5-9

For a second year, Helping PAWS, Inc. will host an on-line auction with 100% of proceeds benefitting Spay and Stay. Items for auction can be viewed and purchased on the Helping PAWS Facebook page in early August. You can help raise money for Spay and Stay in many ways.

  1. Donate items to be auctioned by July 20. E-mail to coordinate donation.
  2. Share this event on your Facebook page so as many people see it as possible.
  3. Find something you like and bid! The cats get the much needed funds and you get great items, it is a win-win!

Shelter Building Day

Saturday, August 29th 10 AM
Julie Wheeler’s house, 1821 Cascade Dr. Vernon Hills

Learn how to build your own winter shelter large enough for 2-3 cats using 2” thick Styrofoam sheets. The materials cost $20 per shelter which includes the Styrofoam insulation, adhesive, sealant and paint. Linoleum flooring not included but you can bring (3) 1 foot squares if you want help putting them in. Bring a caulk gun if you have one and a container large enough to take home a quart of paint. Other necessary tools will be on hand.

Send $20 cash or check to the Spay and Stay office (PO Box 145, Grayslake 60030) by August 22 so we can have your materials ready for you on August 29.

Don’t need a shelter? Donate $20 and our volunteers will build a shelter for a needy colony!

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 (TNR). We connect caretakers of feral and stray cats with four veterinary clinics in the area to perform spay/neuter surgeries.

Steps to Helping Cats

  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.) 
  2. Complete the caretaker registration form and fax (847-557-9136), e-mail ( or mail it to us (S&S, PO Box 145, Grayslake, IL 60030).
  3. Once your caretaker registration form has been confirmed by Spay and Stay, you will be called to:
    • Schedule an appointment with a veterinarian
    • Borrow a trap (30" L x 11" H x 9" W) and be taught how to trap cats.

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

Remember, if you catch a cat without having a vet appointment, it may have to wait several days in the trap before seeing a vet. Please schedule an appointment through Spay and Stay before catching a feral or stray cat.

Office Hours

Office hours are generally 10:30 am to 3 pm excluding holidays. Please call 847-548-1980 to make sure someone is in the office before you stop in. 

Walk-in hours 10:30 pm to 3 pm Tuesday, Wednesday, Thurs.

By appointment only on Monday and Friday. Call 847-548-1980 for an appointment.

Please allow our small staff 48 hours to return your call or email (