Our Michigan Years2000-2009
Our for The Love of Cats Programs began in Ann Arbor, MI, in 2000. We wanted to help the cats most at risk of euthanasia when they were surrendered to shelters – those over 10 years old and feral cats that were not adoptable as companion pets.
So, we purchased an antebellum farm in neighboring Saline and converted the house to a cage-free shelter for orphaned teenaged cats. We renovated the barn to house a show-and-tell feral cat colony. A milk house became our trap-loaning center for trap-neuter-return (TNR). And a creekside sauna was converted to a cat chapel to celebrate the lives of the farm’s deceased elderly cats. In parallel, we began a TNR program to assist in-place caregivers to better manage their colonies by providing them with free spay/neuter assistance.
We recognized that the best way we could help the largest number of cats was not through sheltering, but through providing broad-based free-and-local spay/neuter for cats with lower-income caregivers.