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Caretaker Meeting

Caretaker meeting notes from the March 14, 2015 meeting are now available to download.

Annual “100% for the Cats” Garage Sale: Donations and Volunteers Needed

1821 Cascade Dr., Vernon Hills

Help us get the word out by downloading and printing or sharing the garage sale poster.

We need:  
small appliances, electronics, home office, furniture, sporting goods, tools, lawn and garden, bicycles, linens, rugs, home décor, books, games, music, dishes, cookware

 + non-working items
 + broken/incomplete toys
 + Christmas decorations 
 + women’s clothes
 + worn out or dirty items

Drop off: May 11-14, after 4pm

Volunteers Needed: 

Sorting: May 12 & 13, 4 pm - 8 pm (dinner provided)  
Pricing: May 13 & 14, 4 pm - 8 pm (dinner provided) 
Selling: May 15 & 16, 7 am - 5 pm (lunch provided)

Questions? Contact or 847-624-8432

Tails from Caretakers

A caretaker from Highland Park writes:

I trapped a male and female in November 2013, as well as their four kittens who went to Orphans of the Storm and were all adopted. I had the parents neutered, microchipped and rabies shots. They lived outside during the cold winter of 2014, but always came for food, and the female lived in an insulated igloo on my deck. I brought the male inside in May 2014, and he is great. 

The female is still living on my deck during this winter of 2015; she will poke her head in the door and purr while being petted, but will not come inside. Maybe someday. In the meantime she has shelter, a secure fenced in deck and two hot meals per day. I am committed to her care… so this is a successful case of TNR, thanks to your help.

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

Spay and Stay office hours for delivery or pick up are by appointment. Call to confirm that someone will be at the office. 

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