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.
The new Community Cat TNR Program offers a voucher system to Macomb County residents to help support maintaining a healthy and sterile community of free-roaming cats. Community cats must be trapped within the limits of Macomb County. Program participants are responsible for completing a voucher request form, humane live trapping, scheduling appointments with All About Animals, transportation (including drop-off and pick-up) on the scheduled appointment date, and the safe release of the community cat into their originating area.
The voucher for the TNR package includes (not redeemable for cash or other services):
- Mandatory Eartip
- Rabies Vaccine (for cats 12 weeks and older)
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!
How does the Community Cat TNR Program work?
Macomb County residents now have the opportunity to receive a voucher from Macomb County Animal Control to cover the cost TNR sterilization package offered by All About Animals. Up to 6 vouchers can be distributed at one time. Community cats must be trapped within the limits of Macomb County and must then be safely released back into the originating area. An appointment must be secured through All About Animals Rescue following their Stray Community Cat protocol. Participants are responsible for completing a voucher request form, humane live trapping, scheduling appointments with All About Animals, transportation (including drop-off and pick-up) on their scheduled appointment date, and the safe release of the community cat. Our team will follow-up with participants to verify that the voucher has been properly utilized.
Community Cat Resources
Community Cat TNR Program