Paws For The Cause Feral Cat Rescue is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The rescue was founded in order to keep feral colonies in southeast Michigan safe and preserved while reducing the feral cat population. The rescue does this through TNR (trap, neuter, release). We conduct TNR parts of Macomb County and St. Clair County only due to travel limitations. The process of TNR involves trapping the cats, getting them neutered, eartipped for identification and vaccinated for rabies, then releasing them back to their territory. This effort also involves providing shelter and food for the cats on a daily basis as well as educating the community on the benefits of TNR versus euthanasia of feral, unadoptable colonies.
TNR stands for Trap-Neuter-Release. TNR, supported by leading national animal welfare organizations, is the most humane and effective method of controlling the free-roaming cat overpopulation crisis facing virtually every city, town, and rural community in the country. TNR involves trapping all or most of the cats in a colony, having them neutered, vaccinated for rabies, left ear tipped, and then returned to their territory, where they are monitored by their caretaker and provided with food and shelter. Whenever possible, young kittens and any friendly cats are removed for vetting and socialization, and placed for adoption.TNR immediately stabilizes the size of the colony if at least 70 percent of the fertile adults are neutered. Neutering closer to 100 percent will result in a gradual decline of the population over time. In addition, the nuisance behavior often associated with feral cats is dramatically reduced. This includes the yowling and noise that comes with fighting and mating activity and the odor of unneutered males' spraying to mark their territory. The cats tend to roam less and so become less of a visible presence, yet continue to provide natural rodent control, a valuable benefit in urban areas. Because there are hundreds of thousands of free-roaming cats, and because the vast majority cannot be homed, TNR is the best solution.