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Cat Tail Acres Sanctuary (Shelby Township)


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We are a legally registered 501 (c) 3 nonprofit licensed by the IRS and State of Michigan since 2002. We own and operate a sanctuary in a home-like environment for anywhere between 150-200 feral and unwanted cats at any given point in time in our 10 year history. We provide TNR and education for those who wish to care for feral colonies, and when space allows take in feral cats when the location where they have been living is no longer viable (bldg. being demolished, condo assn. wants to trap and kill them, no one to care for them on site, etc.. We have a sister charity, Cat Tail Kitties, which takes any socialized cats, or kittens, we acquire and puts them into foster homes and then adopts them out into forever homes, inc, by using adoptions sites at PETCO stores, etc. ALL of the cats at our sanctuary have been sterilized, vaccinated, and receive ongoing veterinary medical care as needed. We do not euthanize cats, but do practice HOSPICE care for cats who are elderly and dying, inc. using pain medications as prescribed by our vet. BUT of course IF a cat is suffering, we will have the cat humanely euthanized while one of us holds and comforts the animal. All cats have names and are loved for their entire lives with us.


To support or donate, send donations to:
P.O. Box 183164,
Shelby Township, MI 48318
Feral Cat TNR Program
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High-Volume, Low-Cost Spay/Neuter
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Rescue Groups
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Foster Care
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Comprehensive Adoption Programs
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Pet Retention
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Medical and Behavior Programs
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Public Relations/Community Involvement
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Volunteers
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Proactive Redemptions
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A Compassionate Director
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1. Feral Cat TNR Program

Many communities are embracing Trap, Neuter, Release programs (TNR) to improve animal welfare, reduce death rates, and meet obligations to public welfare.


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2. High-Volume, Low-Cost Spay/Neuter

Low cost, high volume spay/neuter will quickly lead to fewer animals entering the shelter system, allowing more resources to be allocated toward saving lives.


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3. Rescue Groups

An adoption or transfer to a rescue group frees up scarce cage and kennel space, reduces expenses for feeding, cleaning, killing, and improves a community's rate of lifesaving. In an environment of millions of dogs and cats killed in shelters annually, rare is the circumstance in which a rescue group should be denied an animal.


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4. Foster Care

Volunteer foster care is crucial to No Kill. Without it, saving lives is compromised. It is a low cost, and often no cost, way of increasing a shelter's capacity, improving public relations, increasing a shelter's public image, rehabilitating sick and injured or behaviorally challenged animals, and saving lives.


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5. Comprehensive Adoption Programs

Adoptions are vital to an agency's lifesaving mission. The quantity and quality of shelter adoptions is in shelter management's hands, making lifesaving a direct function of shelter policies and practice. In fact, studies show people get their animals from shelters only 20% of the time. If shelters better promoted their animals and had adoption programs responsive to the needs of the community, including public access hours for working people, offsite adoptions, adoption incentives, and effective marketing, they could increase the number of homes available and replace killing with adoptions. Contrary to conventional wisdom, shelters can adopt their way out of killing.


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6. Pet Retention

While some of the reasons animals are surrendered to shelters are unavoidable, others can be prevented-but only if shelters are willing to work with people to help them solve their problems. Saving animals requires communities to develop innovative strategies for keeping people and their companion animals together. And the more a community sees its shelters as a place to turn for advice and assistance, the easier this job will be.


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7. Medical and Behavior Programs

In order to meet its commitment to a lifesaving guarantee for all savable animals, shelters need to keep animals happy and healthy and keep animals moving through the system. To do this, shelters must put in place comprehensive vaccination, handling, cleaning, socialization, and care policies before animals get sick and rehabilitative efforts for those who come in sick, injured, unweaned, or traumatized.


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8. Public Relations/Community Involvement

Increasing adoptions, maximizing donations, recruiting volunteers and partnering with community agencies comes down to one thing: increasing the shelter's exposure. And that means consistent marketing and public relations. Public relations and marketing are the foundation of all a shelter's activities and their success. To do all these things well, the shelter must be in the public eye.


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9. Volunteers

Volunteers are a dedicated "army of compassion" and the backbone of a successful No Kill effort. There is never enough staff, never enough dollars to hire more staff, and always more needs than paid human resources. That is where volunteers come in and make the difference between success and failure and, for the animals, life and death.


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10. Proactive Redemptions

One of the most overlooked areas for reducing killing in animal control shelters are lost animal reclaims. Sadly, besides having pet owners fill out a lost pet report, very little effort is made in this area of shelter operations. This is unfortunate because doing so-primarily shifting from passive to a more proactive approach-has proven to have a significant impact on lifesaving and allow shelters to return a large percentage of lost animals to their families.


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11. A Compassionate Director

The final element of the No Kill equation is the most important of all, without which all other elements are thwarted-a hard working, compassionate animal control or shelter director not content to regurgitate tired cliches or hide behind the myth of "too many animals, not enough homes." Unfortunately, this one is also oftentimes the hardest one to demand and find.


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A young TNR kitty showed up in my pasture yesterday (9/21/15) with a badly injured leg and severely malnourished. I believe she was close to death when I found her. She was not moving and only able to pick up her head to look at me when I called her. I offered her some canned food and she was able to eat. I believe the injured leg has kept her from hunting and eating. I have since given her a couple more feedings and some basic shelter. She looks a lot better in 24 hours. My question is; Is there any free medical care available for this kitty to have her injured leg assessed and treated? Antibiotics? Wormer? anything?
posted by JeanKrizmisHowatt, on 2015-09-22 13:22:11
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posted by AmberJackson, on 2013-05-08 17:53:36