How You Can Help Us
- Be a caregiver
- Train and help caregivers trap cats
- Transport cats to veterinary clinic
- Care for cats in traps before and after surgery, before returning to colony
- Organize and help with fundraising activities
- Donate dry or canned cat food
- Donate building materials and build winter cat shelters
- Donate new or used dog houses to be modified for cats
- Donate funds to pay for spay/neuter costs
- Honor friends, family, pets by making a memorial donation in their name
This Program is volunteer-time intensive, and cost intensive. Veterinary services are less comprehensive than those given pet cats when they go in for spay or neuter surgery, so we do incur a more reasonable expense – but it is still a major expense. In addition to monetary donations, we ask for donations of cat food at Shop N Save Supermarket (container in the lobby), donations of building materials for winter cat shelters, and people to build them.
Be a Caregiver
All across the world, people are caring for stray and feral cats. Although roles that people choose to assume may vary, one thing remains consistent—people take great satisfaction in helping to improve the quality of life for cats.
Caregivers provide food and water regularly and create winter shelters to provide a warm, dry place for the cats in cold and wet weather. The caregivers provide something else that is critical: They give the cats a voice by educating neighbors and people who work in or near the colony’s territory. Education and in some cases, mediation, is an essential aspect of Trap-Neuter-Return and colony care.
Feral and free-roaming cats live in all parts of the country, in about every kind of climate and habitat. They find shelter and a food source because they are opportunists. Feeding and providing shelter for feral cats allows them to peacefully co-habitat in an area. While some people welcome them for rodent control, providing nutritious food keeps them both from roaming in search of a food source and also less susceptible to disease and parasites.
Caring for a feral/free-roaming cat colony has tremendous benefits to caregivers, neighbors, and the cats. Though cats have been living outdoors for over 10,000 years on their own, there are
steps that you as a caregiver can take to promote their well-being, make them good neighbors, and assist the people who live nearby in understanding and co-existing with the cats.
Basic Care for Feral/Free-roaming Cats Can Involve the Following:
1. Conducting ongoing Trap-Neuter-Return as needed.
2. Providing quality food and fresh water.
3. Providing shelter.
4. Monitoring members of the colony and provide ongoing health care.
5. Helping cats and people co-exist.
6. Planning for substitute colony care.
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Make a Donation
Please consider making a tax-exempt monetary donation today! Make check payable to COMMUNITY CATS TNR and mail to P.O. Box 384, Ludington, MI 49431
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