COVID-19 Updates – As things continue to change, please check back for procedure and service updates.
UPDATE: TNR is by appointment only. Up to 3 appointments per person/colony per day as openings are available. To request a TNR appointment, please click here. We will work to get back with you with a date as soon as possible.
To be considerate to others needing to fix community cats, please plan accordingly with your appointments to ensure you are successful in your trapping. Watch this webinar on Trapping Tips and Tricks from Neighborhood Cats to get better results.
Warren Curbside trap loans or trap purchase: You can pick up humane traps for TNR, Monday through Friday, 10 am to 4 pm and Saturday 10 am to 2:30 pm. Please text the number on the entrance board (586-435-1745) with your name, address and trap loan request, including the number of traps and trap dividers. Deposit or payment will be taken over the phone. $65 trap, $22 trap divider. Exceptions to these hours can be made case by case.
Flint Curbside trap loans or trap purchase: Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 810-780-4978 to schedule an appointment for Flint. Please leave a message if prompted.
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?
All About Animals holds monthly online TNR training workshops to teach and empower you to start TNRing the cats in your area. Once you have taken the class, you are entitled to major spay/neuter discounts for all community cats: $25 each. A $5 additional charge may occur if capstar is needed to treat for live fleas. Live fleas compromise the sterile surgical field. This discounted package includes sterilization, pain medication injection, mandatory eartip and a rabies vaccine (rabies vaccine for cats 12 weeks and older). 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.
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 $60, Forks $20.
Cats must be brought in live traps; 1 cat per trap please. Check in and out instructions will be provided when you make your appointment. Check in is between 8 am and 10 am; 9 am to 9:30 am preferred. Pick up is 7 – 7:30 am the next day.
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.
We do not require attending an AAAR TNR Training Workshop for the $25 discount TNR package if you are already feral cat management certified by Michigan Humane Society or Humane Society of Macomb.
- Attend a 2 1/2 hour workshop and gain access to the benefits of our TNR program
- Trapping Tips and Tricks presented by Neighborhood Cats
- Colony Caretaking Tips and Tricks presented by Neighborhood Cats
- Neighborhood Cats TNR Handbook
- Neighborhood Cats, How to perform a Mass Trapping for TNR
- Our TNR wish list
- Our general wish list
- Feral Cat Overview Video
- Cat Socialization Continuum; Alley Cat Allies
- Relocating Cats
- Additional TNR resources from Neighborhood Cats and Alley Cat Allies
- Feral Cat Veterinary Hospitals – We are not affiliated with these veterinarians, but list them as a convenience.
Angry neighbors? Cat Deterrents:
- Please see this list of cat deterrents and consider purchasing these to keep the cats off the neighbor’s property: click here.
- How to keep cats out of gardens and yards from Neighborhood Cats
- Best Friends humane cat deterrents Information
- Alley Cat Allies humane deterrents Information
- Purrfect Cat Fencing
How to use a Drop Trap:
- Neighborhood Hood Wire Drop Trap Set Up, Tear Down Visual Instructions
- Video 1
- Video 2
- How to transfer a cat from a drop trap to a regular trap
- Drop trap design (AAAR has drop traps available to loan out)
- Drop trap tips and tricks courtesy of Kitten Paparazzi
- The Drop Trap: A Trapper’s Best Friend presented by Neighborhood Cats
Shelter Building Plans:
- Neighborhood Cats
- The Maryland Feline Society
- Indy Feral
- Alley Cat Allies and Alley Cat Allies Shelter Gallery
Purchase Shelters (AAAR does not endorse or recommend the following shelters, but lists this information as a convenience.):
AAAR Winter Shelter Building Supplies Wish List:
• Nashua multi-purpose aluminum foil tape (available at Home Depot in the dryer duct section for $8 a roll; Model # 3220020500, Home Depot Store SKU # 915245)
•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. Interior measurements of coolers should be an absolute 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.
• 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 clean straw that hasn’t been wet before). Found at tractor supply stores, feed stores, TrueValue, some nurseries.
• Reflectix mylar insulation – Found at Lowe’s/Home Depot in the insulation department. ($14.85)
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.