TNR Program Overview

What cats should you bring us?

  • Every single cat that you are feeding/seeing right now. DON’T WAIT!
    • Every single cat we fix prevents the birth of 11,000 kittens over the next 5 years.
  • Kittens 8 weeks or 2 pounds.
  • Pregnant females.
  • Mom cats whose kittens are eating on their own.
  • Injured cats should be seen as soon as possible.

Who not to bring us?

  • Mothers who are nursing kittens that are not eating on their own.
  • Kittens under two pounds.
  • Sick cats or kittens with upper respiratory infection (snotty noses, runny eyes). We need to talk about options to get them healthy before suppressing their compromised immune system when being put under anesthesia.

What to Expect When You Arrive

When you get to our Facility, enter through door marked TNR Entry.

Fill Out Applicable Forms

While you wait, please fill out the forms on the rack. Things can get quite hectic around here, and depending on the number of cats brought in, you may have to wait a bit. We appreciate your cooperation!

Fill Out New Client Paperwork

  • Look for paperwork bundle just inside door.  Grab a clip board, pen and paperwork and get started filling out the top sheet.  (You will only need to do this once).

Are You Borrowing Equipment?

  • Have your drivers license and either a credit card or $70 cash deposit per trap.

Watch Video Resources

  • 4 short videos on our website explain in detail every aspect of the work we do.
  • Find instructions for trapping, how to safely transfer/transport and capture the hardest to trap cats.

If you have cats with you…

  • Bring cats in as you arrive (do not leave them in your car).
  • Make sure to keep all passages clear for volunteers and other clients.
  • Keep trapped cats covered to minimize stress.

Please be Respectful

  • Do not touch any cats you see. Do not lift any covers to peek.
  • Even if the cats aren’t feral, they are in a stressful situation and need to be kept calm and left alone.
  • If you have children with you, please keep them seated and quiet.
  • Keep aisles clear.

Cost for Fixing Cats

We charge $40 for spay and neuter. Whatever amount (no matter how small) that you can provide to help pay for this is greatly appreciated. Our funding is limited and we are an all volunteer run organization with rent to pay and lots of cats in our care.

Other Cat Health Services

We offer many other services at time of spay/neuter for your cat at a significantly reduced rate. We can discuss all these options with you when you enter the intake room. All services are provided by our associate veterinarian at time of spay/neuter.

  • Distemper Vaccine $15 (highly recommended, should be boostered* within 3-5 weeks from initial shot)
  • Feline Leukemia vaccine $15 (should be boostered* within 3-5 weeks from initial shot)
  • Rabies vaccine $15
  • Testing for Feline Leukemia & FIV $30 (We don’t advocate testing unless cat is compromised or going to be coming into a home to live with other cats)
  • De-matting : If the cat’s fur is matted we can do t his for you for usually $10 – $30 depending on severity.
  • Other injuries: If that cat has any suspicious looking injury, our vet can look at it and treat it with an allotted amount of money
  • Antibiotics, de-worming, and parasite medications as prescribed by our associate veterinarian.
  • Every cat we see is automatically treated for fleas, ear mites and common worms free of charge.

*Vaccines can be boostered at Spay Neuter Express. To make appointment call: 616 897-8865 or visit spayneuterexpress.com for quick online vaccine scheduling.

Payment

We accept cash, personal checks and credit cards. You must pay for services at the time of drop off.

Ear-Tipping

If your cat is going to be returned outdoors, it will be ear-tipped with no additional charge. Ear-tipping is a nationally recognized protocol set forth by Alley Cat Allies and is recognized by all humane organizations. It involves removing the left tip of the cat’s ear so that is it flat. By having the cat easily identified as a prior-fix, we can eliminate the need for the cat being re-trapped and brought back for spay/neuter unnecessarily.

Ear tipping is done when the cat is under anesthesia and heals quickly. It is not a painful procedure.

If you see a cat with this marker, you will know it’s fixed and will not need to bring it to us.

Picking up Your Cat

  • Cats going indoors: Pick up is following day at 6pm.
  • Cats going back outdoors: Pick up is two days later at 6pm.

Post-surgery

  • If you think there is a problem or your cat is experiencing any adverse reactions after you bring it home, please contact us via phone, text, or email. 616 560-0555. info@carolsferals.org
  • Female cats are likely to have a reaction to sutures that appears to be a hard jelly bean sized lump to the side of their spay incision. This is not a cause for worry and will subside. If the incision becomes inflamed or appears to be infected, contact us immediately so we can supply you with antibiotics.

Want to learn more?

There is literature throughout the facility that explains every aspect of TNR and cat care. If you want to tame feral kittens or find homes for cats that are friendly, we have tips for you and good sound advice. Look at the information board to see all we have to offer. A must read for any trapper is our all-inclusive Cat Trapping 101 guide. See our RAP (Rehoming Assistance Program) information if you’d like to find a home for friendly cats and kittens.

Need info face to face sooner than later?

Come to our weekly TNR Training Sessions with Carol.  Details here:  Thursday Evenings with Carol

 

Our mission is to end feline overpopulation in west Michigan through community education and empowerment.

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