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Updates – Things change quickly, please keep checking back for procedure and service updates.

Flint Walk-in TNR closed: July 2-3, 2024; July 9-10, 2024; and November 11-27, 2024.

Last TNR day in 2024 is Tuesday, December 17 in Warren; Wednesday, December 18 in Flint.
Opening back up for TNR, Monday, January 6, 2025 in Warren; Tuesday, January 7, 2025 in Flint.

  • Walk-in TNR is for outdoor cats getting returned outside. Abuse of using TNR for pets or cats to be adopted will result in termination of services.
  • Cats must come in traps, not carriers. We are unable to transfer cats to traps or loan you traps for a transfer in the morning.
  • Traps must be standard cat or fat cat size. No rodent traps. Minimum preferred is roughly 30 inches long, 11 inches high and 9 inches wide.
  • Traps must be covered.

We spay/neuter community cats all year long. Winter Trapping

 

WARREN
Walk-in TNR is for outdoor cats getting returned outside. Abuse of using TNR for pets or cats to be adopted will result in termination of services.

Eartips are mandatory for walk-in TNR; no exceptions. To help the cats be more calm, cats must come in covered traps. One cat per trap. Sheets or bath towels work great as covers. Cats in carriers are not accepted. We loan traps.

Warren offers walk-in Trap Neuter Return (TNR) for up to 3 cats per person/colony on Monday and Tuesday, 8:30 am to 10 am. Best and preferred check in time is 9 am to 9:30 am. Pick up next morning 7:15 – 7:30 am.

Warren Trap Loans: Monday, Tuesday and Friday 10:00 am – 5:30 pm; Wednesday and Thursday 10:00 am -6:30 pm.; Saturday 10 am – 3 pm.
Deposit or purchase: $80 trap, $25 trap divider.

staff@allaboutanimalsrescue.org, (P) 586-879-1745 (Text) 586-435-1745

 

FLINT
Walk-in TNR is for outdoor cats getting returned outside. Abuse of using TNR for pets or cats to be adopted will result in termination of services.

Eartips are mandatory for walk-in TNR; no exceptions. To help the cats be more calm, cats must come in covered traps. One cat per trap. Sheets or bath towels work great as covers. Cats in carriers are not accepted. We loan traps.

Flint offers walk-in Trap Neuter Return (TNR) for up to 3 cats per person/colony on Tuesday and Wednesday 8:30 am to 10 am.* Best and preferred check in time is 9 am. Pick up next morning 7:15 – 7:30 am. Flint Walk-in TNR closed: July 2-3, 2024.

 

Flint Trap Loans: Preferred times are Tuesday through Friday, 10 am to 5 pm and Saturday, 10 am to 3 pm, but can be done anytime the doors are open. Deposit or purchase: $80 trap, $25 trap divider.

flint@allaboutanimalsrescue.org, Phone or Text 810-780-4978

 

All locations closed on Independence Day, Memorial Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas and New Year’s Day.

 

Online TNR Training Classes offered.

 

What is Trap Neuter Return (TNR)?

We can all agree there are too many cats, especially cats that live outside and are considered community cats or “feral”. Feral kitties have had no human contact, don’t wish to have any and have always lived outside. When the kittens are caught early enough, they can be socialized in foster homes and adopted out. But these once feral kittens take homes away from all the other social cats and kittens already in shelters that need homes too!

Ferals are considered unadoptable and if taken to a shelter, they are euthanized. There are approximately 60 million ferals in the United States. TNR seeks to reduce the number of community cats while increasing their quality of life. After a community cat has been spayed or neutered and vaccinated, it is returned to the original colony where it can live out a full, healthy, non-reproductive life. TNR is endorsed by the American Veterinary Medical Association. TNR is the least costly as well as the most efficient and humane way of stabilizing and ultimately reducing the feral cat population.

Certainly, people could instead choose to kill the cats, but it is far more expensive and does not work. Cats are territorial animals, when they are removed from the colony, new ones move in and breed to capacity. So, simply put, if you remove the cats, more will move in.

TNR stops the cycle of reproduction. The San Diego Department of Animal Control showed a decrease of almost 50% in the number of cats intake after starting a TNR program. Spay/neuter reduces undesirable behaviors, such as yowling, fighting and spraying, which also reduces the number of complaint calls made to animal control and the number of healthy feral cats euthanized.

“I did my first TNR a couple years ago that included two adult females and 3 kittens, and have truly seen the difference it can make for them. The adults are living much healthier and peaceful lives, and the kittens grew up to be so affectionate and are still playful. And, I think we actually formed a closer bond through the TNR process!” Beth B., Rochester Hills

 

How can All About Animals Help Me?

TRAP NEUTER RETURN TRAINING
All About Animals holds monthly online TNR training workshops to teach and empower you to start TNRing the outdoor cats in your area. Once you have taken the class, you are entitled to major spay/neuter discounts for community cats: $25 each. This discounted package includes sterilization, pain medication injection, mandatory eartip and a rabies vaccine (rabies vaccine for cats 12 weeks and older). A $5 additional charge may occur if capstar is needed to treat for live fleas. Live fleas compromise the sterile surgical field.  The workshop teaches best practices in management and trapping. Gain access to the benefits of our TNR program, including the discounted feral cat spay/neuter, trap loans and networking. Without the class, the normal fee is $40 for spay/neuter and $15 for the rabies vaccination.

TRAP LOANS
We loan out live traps for your convenience. We carry Tru-Catch 30LTD traps. They are available for pick up at our clinics in Warren and Flint. If you would like to purchase traps instead of borrow them, we can do that too! To purchase: Traps $80, Forks $25.

Cats must be brought in covered live traps; 1 cat per trap please.

STERILIZATION:
Both our Warren and Flint locations offer walk-in TNR days. Please find the days and times above.

Healthy cats weighing 2 lbs or more (and are 8 weeks or older) can be sterilized. Our Tru Catch LTD 30 model trap for loan weighs 8.4 lb.

Cost: With TNR Training: $25 TNR package includes sterilization, rabies for cats 3 lbs and more and mandatory eartip. Without TNR training: $40 sterilization, $15 rabies, free eartip.

Please read through the recovery/discharge instructions prior to surgery.

Don’t forget to cover the cat’s trap to help them be more calm.

 

Visit our Community Cat Resources Information and Tips page – Click Here

 

AAAR Winter Shelter Building Supplies Wish List:

•Large styrofoam cooler boxes – Just like fish shipment boxes or used for medicines to be shipped to hospitals. Check with your large chain pet shops, grocery stores, veterinary hospitals and human hospitals with labs.  Interior measurements of coolers should be a minimum of 15 inches long x 15 inches wide and 14 inches high and 2 inches or more thick. The bigger and thicker the better! A 15x15x14 size cooler would fit one cat. If interior dimensions or thickness are less than stated above, please contact us at tnr@allaboutanimalsrescue.org and we can evaluate usefulness. Thank you!

• In lieu of Styrofoam coolers, heavy duty plastic storage tubs: two heavy duty storage bins that fit inside of each other with plenty of room for insulation between the two (on all sides and the top). Smaller of the two should be at least an 18 gallon. Outer container preferably should be Rubbermaid – won’t crack in cold weather.

In lieu of Styrofoam coolers, Foam Board Insulation with R-10 value; 2 inch by 4 feet by 8 feet. Found at Lowe’s and Home Depot.

• Straw (not hay. Dry straw that hasn’t been wet before). Found at tractor supply stores, feed stores, some nurseries.

Reflectix mylar insulation – Found at Lowe’s/Home Depot in the insulation department.

COVID-19 Cat Food Assistance: We are grateful to have been the recipient of an Alley Cat Allies emergency disaster grant that brought over 7,000 lbs of food to community cats during the height of the COVID-19 crisis.