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Feral Colony Assistance Program


Spay/Neuter Options

If you are feeding outdoor cats and want to get them fixed, there are many ways to get it done.  The two below are programs we offer.  If you don't qualify for either of these, don't give up — click on our FAQ for other spay/neuter options.

1. Our TLC Lower-Income Spay/Neuter Program will fix up to 3 cats for households with annual incomes under $40,000 — if the household is committed to the life care of the cats we fix.  These cats can live outdoors (or indoors) in any residential setting — apartments, mobile homes, condominiums, private houses or farms.  Click here for further information and application.

2. Our TLC Feral Colony Assistance Program is open to caregivers who in our sole opinion meet the following criteria:

Service Area

Zip Zip Zip Zip Zip
48103
Ann Arbor
48118
Chelsea
48165
New Hudson
48189
Whitmore Lake
49236
Clinton
48104
Ann Arbor
48130
Dexter
48167
Northville
48190
Whittaker
49236
Deerfield
48105
Ann Arbor
48131
Dundee
48168
Northville
48191
Willis
49240
Grass Lake
48108
Ann Arbor
48137
Gregory
48169
Pinckney
48197
Ypsilanti
49263
Norvell
48110
Azalia
48140
Ida
48170
Plymouth
48198
RYpsilanti
49265
Onsted
48111
Belleville
48158
Manchester
48175
Salem
48221
Adrian
49270
Petersburg
48114
Brighton
48159
Maybee
48176
Saline
48229
Britton
49286
Tecumseh
48116
Brighton
48160
Milan
48178
South Lyon
48230
Brooklyn
49287
Tipton

Eligibility

If you live in our service area and are managing a naturally-occurring cat colony — as defined above — we may help get your cats fixed.

Application Process

Simply complete this application (6 pages) and submit it to us with:

  1. Money Order for $100 payable to the Zimmer Foundation.  This nonrefundable registration fee is due with your submission.

  2. Feeding Station Photos.  Include one or two photos of your cats eating at their feeding station.

  3. Outdoor Shelter Photos.  Include one or two photos of the dry shelter you provide for your cats.

If your application confirms that your management practices conform to our model, we will then begin sending you spay/neuter vouchers so you can quickly sterilize the entire group.  If we are unable to help, we'll return the Registration Fee promptly. 

If you would prefer not to complete the application without knowing whether you will qualify, you may call us during weekday business hours and we'll be happy to conditionally pre-qualify you before you go to the work of completing the necessary forms.

Application Timetable

Applications are typically processed within a week of receipt of the completed application package (above). If you are approved for vouchers we'll mail the initial set of 4 (or if you are declined we we'll return your money order) at that time.

If you have more than 4 cats to sterilize, the remaining vouchers will be mailed in groups of four, once each prior group has been used — which must happen before their expiration date. If you are actively live-trapping and you have a voucher expire, notify us within 7 days of the expiration date and we'll re-issue them for a second 30-day cycle. If those voucher(s) expire without being used — or if you fail to request replacement vouchers within a week of their expiration date — your participation in our program will be terminated and we will no longer be able to provide vouchers for your colony.

Re-application Process

If you promptly complete your initial colony sterilization — per the registration sheets you provide us — we'll then be able to provide vouchers for any pre-existing kittens over 12 weeks old that you were not able to adopt out to others.  If you didn't complete your initial colony, we are not able to provide any further vouchers. 

If you are a participant of our former TNR program, the first time you apply for vouchers under the 2009 program you must go through the entire application process as a "new applicant".  Make sure that your registration sheets list all cats — including those we previously sterilized — whether you still have them or not so that we can gather information on what happened to them.  If you previously completed the sterilization of your entire colony, and are applying for cats that just recently joined your group, we will waive the Colony Registration Fee.  If you previously failed to complete your group or your "new cats" have been living on your land for more than 3 months, the $100 registration fee is required to re-enter our program. 

Be sure to keep a set of your Registration Sheets (kitten and adult) as we will need them updated whenever you apply for new vouchers after a lapse of 6 or more months.


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