These are photos of feral cats that caregivers have sent us since we started keeping records on the colonies we've helped with. Each colony lives out of doors but has the benefit of a loving caregiver who provides them with daily food and water and sees that they have adequate shelter. The colonies are as small as 3 and as large as 40 cats. All the cats have been, or are in the process of being, spayed and neutered.
Location: South Lyon
Veterinarian: Lyon Veterinary Clinic
Life on a golf course can be pretty nice when you're part of a managed feral cat colony. These cats have plenty of hay and a greenhouse with lots of warm sunspots to bathe in. For years an elderly grounds keeper lovingly cared for this colony — including finding homes for their many kittens. On his passing, another employee convinced management to get the cats spay/neutered with our assistance and maintain the colony as a "memorial" to the original caregiver. All 15 cats have been altered and are living comfortably in the environment they've always known as "home".
Veterinarian: Country Cat Clinic
Put together a commercial strip of fast food restaurants and adjacent large apartment complexes and inevitably you end up with multiple colonies of feral cats feeding from the dumpsters. This fellow's colony is luckier than many as it has an adjacent wooded area to live in. This fellow was trapped, socialized and is now in a new home. His mother was trapped, spayed and returned to her colony.
Location: Ann Arbor
Veterinarian: Brookside Veterinary Hospital
We received a call late one Fall evening from an elderly woman on the northeast side of Ann Arbor who had been feeding a group of cats in her backyard and was concerned about them with Winter coming on. With the help of a dedicated volunteer, her new-found friends were all spayed and neutered and a comfortable feral cat house placed in her yard for shelter. The cats are well, happy and providing hours of enjoyment for the woman.
Veterinarian: Milan Veterinary Clinic
From the caretaker:
"Getting the feral cats into a cage and transporting them to the Milan Veterinary Clinic was no small feat. Dr. Mike Sweet did a wonderful job. Sadly, one of the cats, the father of the tribe, tested positive of feline leukemia. By using the information you provided, we constructed a straw shelter that offered a home for the cats during this past winter. We are pleased to report that three of the feral cats we rescued (thanks to you) are alive and well. Midnight has become quite tame and affectionate, Splash is pettable but is still quite shy, and Stripes is constantly around and eats regularly but continues to be wary. We are delighted they have stayed around our house."