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About Us

Spay and Stay was started in 2002 by two women who were concerned about the number of stray and feral cats they were seeing and wanted to do something to help. They found funding to start the first TNR group in Lake County, IL, and to date Spay and Stay has sterilized over 5,000 cats in 10 years.

Feral cats come from abandoned domestic cats or house cats that were allowed outside and have gotten lost. These often-unsterilized cats breed, creating a large population of homeless, unsocialized cats. Feral cat colony caretakers work to get these cats sterilized and vaccinated in an effort to stop the breeding, improving the quality of life for these cats. Their efforts are also aimed at resolving neighborhood nuisance issues and insuring their communities' public safety. Spay and Stay's process is designed to give caretakers access to low-cost spay/neuter and vaccination services for the feral cats in their colony.

Gretchen Gabriel, Program Director
Deb Stulgo, Program Assistant

Board of Directors
Elizabeth Fischer, President
Donna Fedeli, Vice President
Julie Wheeler, Secretary/Treasurer
Gloria Seger, Member
Jeanne Norkus, Member

Advisory Board
David P. Luaces, DVM
Anna Morrison Ricordati, Esq.
Linda Petersen
Richard Speck, DVM

Mission Statement

Spay and Stay is a non-profit organization dedicated to working with compassionate individuals and local governments to humanely control the growth of the feral cat population in Lake County, Illinois.

Spay and stay is committed to implementing long-term solutions to significantly reduce the population of unaltered, free-roaming and/or abandoned domestic cats in our area.

Need more information?

Check out our frequently asked questions or our TNR terminology page.


Follow these links to read past issues of Spay and Stay's informative newsletter, Feral Focus.

Fall 2010
Spring 2009
Spring 2008, Fall 2008
Spring 2007, Fall 2007
Spring 2006, Summer 2006, Fall 2006
Fall 2005