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Animal Control

Community Cats

In 2013, Macomb County Animal Control initiated a Shelter-Neuter-Return (SNR) program as a humane and non-lethal approach to long term free-roaming cat population control. Cats that participate in the SNR program are spayed/neutered, vaccinated, and have their ear tip clipped to symbolize that they have been sterilized through the program, and they are returned to the area that they came from. 

What is a community cat?

Outdoor, unowned or free-roaming cats that live in our community are referred to as "community cats." Community cats can have a range of behaviors and socialization levels, and can live long, healthy lives outdoors. They are occasionally called stray, feral, alley, wild, neighborhood or tomcat.

How can I help?

The community cat population can be controlled if we take proactive action to prevent them from reproducing. If you notice a cat that is living in your area that doesn't have an ear tip, there is a chance that the cat is not sterilized. It is sad and unfortunate that these cats have ended up living their lives outside, but many have adjusted and become happy with the outdoor lifestyle. As a resident of Macomb County, you have the opportunity to positively impact the lives of these animals and maintain a healthy and sterile community. Read about our Shelter-Neuter-Return program!