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We work exclusively with older, slow-to-adopt cats, so our primary goal is to provide them with a comfortable home. We cage them only long enough to settle in and to evaluate their health -- losing a home is very stressful so it's not uncommon for a new cat to catch a cold or be anorexic. Although in overall good health, many of our cats have chronic medical problems associated with old age -- typically a kidney or thyroid disease. We provide them with the same veterinary care a loving guardian would give a pet cat, and euthanize only if they are terminally ill with unmanageable pain. Our cat memorial chapel (the building to the right) provides a place to remember our former friends and is open to others as well for personal cat remembrances.
Maintaining this high level of individual care greatly limits the number of cats we can house but makes a world of difference to those we do. Many, we suspect, don't even know they're being sheltered!
Since the program began in 2000,
we ve admitted 64 cats --
43 are now placed in loving homes.
Only three of our current residents have been with us
for more than one year, and eight less than four months.
If you'd like to volunteer with them,
just give us a call for details.
Spending two hours a week with our wonderful kitties
can be the most rewarding volunteer time you'll ever know!
Stray Cats In Your Yard?
Although it may look like someone dropped the cats in your yard, it's more likely that they are feral (fearful of humans) and have been living outside for some time without your knowledge. You may have removed other cats from your yard, creating room for the new cats to move in. By leaving them where they are and sterilizing them, they'll keep future roaming cats away. You'll not only improve the health of your colony, but you'll also help reduce the overall cat population by becoming a "kitten-free" zone. This is the only real way to eliminate surplus cats in our community and radically reduce the numbers of unowned outdoor cats.
We've established a program to fund the sterilization of outdoor cats --
so far we've sterilized about 1,200 in 225 locations --
and haven't even scratched the surface!
If you live in Washtenaw County you may qualify for our help.
Call for details or visit our website at
We also keep a limited supply of donated food available
for feral cat caregivers.
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