Humane Society Launches ‘Feral Cat Initiative’

DETROIT (WWJ) – The Michigan Humane Society (MHS), the state’s largest and oldest animal welfare organization, is launching a new program to reduce the number of homeless cats and provide feral cats with much-needed care.

Utilizing a “Trap-Neuter-Return” (TNR) strategy, which has proven to be the most effective and humane way of handling feral cats, the program will allow MHS to provide low-cost sterilization for thousands of feral cats in the coming years.

“Every year, thousands of feral cats whose natural habitat is outdoors, away from people, are born here in the metro Detroit area,” said Robert Fisher, D.V.M., vice president of veterinary medicine at the Michigan Humane Society.

The new program will give individuals who wish to manage a feral cat colony near their home or place of employment with the chance to provide the animals with much-needed care.

Caretakers will be trained on proper techniques and equipment to humanely trap feral cats and bring them to the Michigan Humane Society for sterilization and care. The animal will then be released back to their habitat.

For those interested in becoming a feral cat colony caretaker and participating in MHS’ low-cost feral cat TNR program, MHS is hosting a required workshop on Wednesday, May 11, at 6 p.m. at the Michigan Humane Society’s administrative office in Bingham Farms, located at 30300 Telegraph Road, Suite 220.

Attendees can register online or get more information at or by phone at 1-866-MHUMANE.

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  • Mike

    Feral cats are one of the biggest threats to song bird populations … and you want to release them? Talk about lack of forethought. Last dollar I ever give to the Michigan Humane Society.

    • joann

      You don’t sound like a Humane Society type of person … they probably won’t miss your dollar!

    • Michigal

      Mike, you need to think beyond the end of your nose. The best way to REDUCE the population of feral cats is to spay/neuter them and release them. The neutered adults maintain their territory and keep non-neutered animals out, but THEY DON’T REPRODUCE. I have supported several ferals here for years, and we have had NO kitten problem since I had them neutered–and thus no increase in the cat population–unlike other areas of the neighborhood, where the population has continued to explode.

      • Woodsman

        There is NOTHING natural about a cat destroying a bird nor any other native wildlife. Cats are an invasive species. Bred by man for man’s purposes through selective-breeding, a form of genetic engineering. They are NOT an indigenous species anywhere on the planet today and have NO PLACE in nature. They have NO natural predators due to the coloring patterns that have been bred into them. Bold patterns on any cat is a universal symbol to all wildlife that that animal is using toxic or olfactory defense mechanisms (even though they lack one, other than all the deadly diseases that cats now carry), so ALL native predators have learned to not go near them. They have no more right to be out in the natural world than some genetically engineered insect that, if released out into nature, would destroy all wildlife. JUST AS CATS DO.

        If you delusional, misinformed, and misguided cat-lovers are going to talk about animal behavior and ecology as your pro-cat arguments, the very LEAST you could all do is go educate your ignorant selves to the true facts in this matter. How difficult can this be? Which part of the name “HOUSE-CAT” do you fail to comprehend? How old are you really? Even 1st-graders comprehend the meaning of those two words.

    • lynn brady

      it’s nature,cats have been been here for many even tho they were not part of nature outside ,they i feel, have earned their right to be part of nature now….it’s how they survive ..but on the possitive side they are also here to clean up the mice ,spiders,and also thoses pests that harm us and our communitywhy look at it in a bad way..look at it as a good thing.many ferals can be tamed and adoptable..they are not all bad,i know i have /and had kittens and cats for yrs.from outside.,and 9 of my 15 cats have at one point in their lives been ferals,and they are all very maybe nicer then ones you find in a shelter.or a site to adopt.

  • motorcitymaven

    As a cat lover and and animal rights activist, I am grateful that the Humane Society is participating in this program. I have participated in fostering stray cats for over 25 years and it has been so rewarding.The best way to handle ferals is the trap and release method. Grateful to see this is happening and will take the upcoming class.

  • cj

    kill the idiots that say kill the cats.

  • Terry Fornwall

    We had a feral kitten come to us last winter and we continue to take care of her. She has already had a miscarriage and we would like to get her spayed, however, are having a difficult time catching her. While we do not want to start a feral cat colony we would like to catch her, have her spayed, and want to bring her back to care for her as an outside cat. Do you have a program that can help us with 1 kitty?

    • Sheri

      I had this situation. I bought a humane trap (raccoon size) at a local home improvement store and baited the trap with tuna. It took a couple days becasue the cat was trap shy, but she finally went in. The spay was free… there is a feral cat organization where I live in SC.However, please contact your Humane Society or other animal welfare group for loc-cost spay options. Good luck… and please don’t let her have a litter!! (P.S. Some feral cat groups can loan you a trap).

    • 611 Juniper

      For advice on working with feral cats, contact Alley Cat Allies. They have a homepage plus they are on Facebook. Ten years ago when I started working with the homeless cats in my neighborhood, I stumbled across them. Terrific advice! IndyFeral (based in Indianapolis) and Neighborhood Cats (based in New York) also have tremendous resources. Bless you for caring!

    • lynn brady

      i been taming feral cats for many yrs.i have one right now i brought in from winter because i wanted her to have her babies indoors and not under a moble home.she was scared the first 2-3 days(howling)but now with her (3 of 4 8week kittens)one died 7-1/2 hours after birth-not developed)thay were still feral.but she rubs up to me,i put meds in her mouth,and eyes..and her kittens(upper resporitory)it took sitting with her and putting food closer each time.while with my other siamese also the same way(she was not preg.)(she came in last summer-shes her sister) the smell on food on my fingers(one hand)thay came closer so gradually little quick rubs at a time,she started to even follow me around the yard rubbing my legs.i would play with her with a ball when she was on my shed..(she sleeps with us/other cats now..and loves to be held(NOTE:these two siamese were 2-1/2 yrs old) now 3 yrs.old.just sit and spend time and talk to them..if you just want to trap them make sure there’s a covering on the sides of the trap.once traped cat cover the whole trap (let in a little air) till it calms down(no talking to cat,everyone,and thing stay away till calm)

  • Woodsman

    Don’t, for even one moment, fall for the song and dance about cat-lovers being animal-lovers, they are anything but that. They don’t give one damn about any other animals nor even other humans. Cat-lovers are just like cats, the only thing they care about are themselves.

    Their TNR (trap, neuter, release) programs are a dismal failure too. A smokescreen and time & money waster. Don’t let anyone try to convince you otherwise. Do a search online for the truth about all TNR failures.

    Those invasive-species that are released will still be decimating the food-chain for all native wildlife. In most areas predators that could destroy these invasive cats have also been destroyed. If you feed a TNR cat colony they kill even more wildlife. A well-fed cat kills more animals than a starving one. They don’t stop killing other animals just because they’re no longer hungry. The healthier they are the more they kill. It’s what they do, it’s what they are. Lousy little killing machines, nothing more.

    It’s not just the loss of bird populations. Feral cats and farmers that let theirs roam free have decimated the natural food-chain in my woods. The resident foxes, owls, and other predator animals no longer had a food source. The feral cats destroyed all the smaller animals that all others depended on. The native species all starved to death. That’s what cats do to ALL native animals.

    I live where it is perfectly legal to defend your property and animals from destruction by others’ animals. I lost count after dispatching the first 20 piece-of-s*** vermin with a good .22, outfitted with laser-sight and zoom rifle-scope. I didn’t have to waste even one bullet, making this solution highly economical as well. Think of how many dollars and hours of your lives that you have spent trapping, transporting, calling, complaining, restoring damaged property, … and still all the problems that these useless cat-lovers have caused remains. If your aim is good this is far more humane than methods that “humane” societies use. Instead of dying a slow death by animal-shelter methods they don’t even know they’ve been shot. It is now the preferred method for disposing of feral cats in many states.

    It’s time to give cats and cat-lovers the same consideration and respect that they have for all humans and all wildlife–that means NONE. Don’t waste your time arguing with disrespectful, inconsiderate, and ignorant cat-lovers either, as I stupidly tried to do too many times in the past. Just do what needs to be done and there’ll be nothing to argue about.

    This year owls and foxes have returned to my woods. Through a large effort of my own, including raising and releasing native mice and voles to help repopulate the species that their piece-of-s*** cats destroyed. Their lousy cats are finally gone. But I’ll shoot again on first-sight the first chance I get (and anyone who tries to stop me from doing what needs to be done). The rewards for ridding one’s land of ALL cats and restoring the native wildlife population are far too great.

    If you don’t live in an area where a firearm can be used legally then I offer another humane method to counter the myriad problems that disrespectful and inconsiderate cat-lovers cause for everyone and all wildlife.

    Google for: pot mod laser. Get these blue or green lasers for about 5$-$10 off of ebay. You can easily increase their output to 100mw or more. I find that filing a small hole in the side of the barrel makes it easier to reach the potentiometer than disassembly and risking ruining it. I also found the blue lasers are more powerful than the green ones when pot-modded, lighting a match much more quickly.

    Anytime you see a cat off of an owner’s property use a pot-modded laser on it. If you blind a cat in one eye they’ll lose their depth perception, unable to hunt as effectively. If you blind them in both eyes they’ll stay home near their food dish. This is instant and painless. It’s even more humane than declawing. It is also anonymous. In daytime nobody will even know it happened or who did it — for those of you who don’t want to deal with or confront the ignorant and inconsiderate cat-lovers.

    I keep one in my pocket for those cats that are too difficult to shoot cleanly with a .22. I don’t like to see any animal suffer. If I can’t get a clean shot then they get blinded.

    The drastic problems that cat-lovers have created by their blatant disrespect and lack of consideration for their environment, all other humans, and all animals now requires drastic actions by all those who actually care. It takes real strength of heart to do the right thing.

    Now that the cat-lovers know this will happen to their cats, maybe they’ll keep them indoors where they damn well belong, to prove they actually care. Win win all around. Blind a few in your area, see if any of them actually do care about their cats or your property and wildlife. I bet they’ll still not really give a damn.

  • Woodsman

    Here’s a little insight to help you with your war on cat-lovers and their cats. Now you’ll know why cat-lovers actually do what they do. Maybe if you explain this to them you won’t have to use more drastic means.

    Human Territorial Behavior By Expendable Proxy

    I have come to the inexorable conclusion that the vast majority of cat-lovers and cat-owners that let their destructively invasive-species roam free, and those that defend the rights for feral cats to overtake public property and wildlife areas, are only (cowardly) using cats as a proxy for their own territorial behavior. Not unlike uneducated inner-city youth that will disrespectfully and inconsiderately use a boom-box to stake-out a territory for themselves with loud music. As long as they can have one of their possessions defecate in another’s yard and the yard-owner not have any recourse to do anything about it, the cat-owner owns that territory. It’s time to put a stop to them using their “cute kitty” excuse for usurping and stealing others’ property. If they want territory they can damn well buy it just like anyone else–instead of using their underhanded, disrespectful, and manipulative means, putting (and sacrificing) live animals in the path of their envy and greed. Again proving why they don’t care about cats nor anyone else at all. Cat-lovers only really want your lawn, yard, or forest while making all others and all other animals suffer for what they can’t have nor own. Bottom line–they want to control you and your property. That’s all that “cat-lovers” are really after. It’s why they don’t care at all if their cat nor any other animals get harmed by their goals and (lack of) values in life.

  • Craig Fournier

    shoot the rat that shoot the cats. this means you woodsman.

  • Woodsman

    Thanks for posting that Craig Fournier. Proving yet again, that cat lovers don’t care about anyone else, not even other humans. They ALWAYS put all other life on this planet below the life of themselves and their cats. But we already knew this about all cat-lovers. You didn’t have to out yourself so clearly to the whole world. Ooops!

  • karen

    woodsman probably never had a cat companion………..there are all types in the world……….Animal helpers are in the majority……thank goodness………sorry Woodsman

  • Woodsman

    Karen, yes, I had many cats in the past as a child. Loved them dearly. Kept them indoors where they belong because even as a child I was smart enough to know not to let this destructive invasive species out into the world.

    I like cats to this day, but ONLY when they are inside someone’s house where they belong. The same way I admire a piranha in a fish-tank, instead of the small school of them that I saw swimming by in a canal in the Florida Everglades where they have no known predators to keep them in check. Unfortunately, unless there is a law passed to have people like you permanently sterilized, as well as any offspring that you have already ignorantly raised, if you have any, then your stupidity genes that you display will survive long into the future, exacerbating the problem that fools like you cause for everyone and all life on this planet.

  • Dave D

    If it’s illegal worldwide to torture animals using any method (bullfighters seem exempt), then why are cat-owners allowed to torture ALL wildlife with their cats? Cats don’t just kill wildlife humanely (like one can kill a feral cat with a well-aimed bullet), cats torture any animal to play with it while it’s still alive and twitching with its entrails hanging out. It seems that the longer they can keep an animal alive the more enjoyment that cats get out of it. Shouldn’t outdoor-cat owners and all TNR groups be charged with this crime of animal-cruelty, fined heavily, and all of them serving severe jail sentences? There seems to be a drastic double-standard going on. They may not be torturing other animals with baseball-bats or other weapons in their hands, but their cats are just as much a tool of theirs.

    Would a dog owner be fined with the crime of animal-cruelty if he continually let his dog attack other animals? Of course, and it’s already happened, many times. Fined and convicted. It’s in the news often.

    This drastic double-standard needs to be corrected. With the fines that all cat-owners and TNR groups would have to pay we’d have the money to clean up this ecological disaster they created. Think of all the new jails that would have to be built to house them all too, all the new jobs. We could turn this ecological disaster into an economic recovery by finally making some use of useless cat-lovers.

  • Dave D

    Here is an interesting post from someone who believed in all the lies she was told about TNR programs, found at

    “I have been battling a feral cat population explosion on my farmette for 7 years. TNR does not work, as the trapped and neutered cats do not keep new cats from moving in and adding kittens. I have trapped over 25 kittens, tamed them, and found homes for them, but every spring there are dozens more. I have spent countless dollars neutering females and males, but they just keep coming! I have few wild birds now, fewer snakes, and there are bunny parts all over my property (cats must not particularly like the back feet). I wish there was a birth-control feed available, since many of these feral cats don’t come near the traps even when hungry. I wish every pet owner would neuter their cats so that these colonies weren’t added to.
    These are not happy feral cats, they frequently have infected eyes, worms, and are skinny and mangey. I don’t know what the answer is, but even in the country, a feral cat doesn’t live a secure, comfortable life.

    Comment by Dawn Hawes — June 21, 2011 @ 9:38 am”

    And YOU TOO can have a financially-distressed, ruled-by-cats, life like this if you also believe in all their TNR LIES.

  • Kitten Health

    Hey, very informative post. Well done, friend

  • Forest Smith

    Some further information to help you do the RIGHT thing. ALL the required laws that you need to deal with this problem are already in place and have been for decades most everywhere.

    Cats listed in THE TOP 100 WORST INVASIVE-SPECIES OF THE WORLD in the “Global Invasive-Species Database”:

    Cats are _NOT_ exempt from invasive-species laws.

    IT IS YOUR CIVIC AND MORAL RESPONSIBILITY TO DESTROY ANY INVASIVE-SPECIES WHEN FOUND AWAY FROM SAFE CONFINEMENT AND OUT IN A NON-NATIVE HABITAT. In fact, it is against the law to NOT destroy an invasive-species on-sight. Since cats are genetically engineered through selective-breeding and no longer have ANY native habitat ANYWHERE on earth, these laws include cats. This is precisely how they are dealt with on my own land, destroyed by using any and all humane* methods.

    For an example of how invasive-species laws are properly followed and enforced: It is highly illegal for a person to transport an African Cichlid fish species to just the other side the road if you catch one in the canals of the Everglades when fishing. THEY MUST BE DESTROYED ON-SIGHT. Yet Cichlids are often kept as pets, that’s how they wrongly got into the canals to begin with. There are hefty fines in place for anyone found transporting these invasive-species alive if caught in the wild. (Interestingly, these Cichlids are FAR FAR LESS damaging to the environment and all other native wildlife than ANY cat.)

    All of this much to the dismay of criminally irresponsible and psychotic cat-lovers who are desperately trying to raise these invasive-species cats to some absurd level of “Community Cats”. If they do that then I’ll just raise “Community Pet Piranha” and release them in all your lakes and pools, or “Community Pet Black-Mambas” and release them in all your backyards and parks, then claim the exact same protections for them as cat-advocates want for their invasive-species cats. It’d only be fair! Are you starting to see just how absurd and ludicrous these cat-advocates are yet?

    * (Though to be perfectly honest, considering how cats cruelly torture and destroy all other animals by ripping the skins off of live animals or disemboweling them for slowly dying and twitching cats’ play-toys (not even using them for food), I’m not sure why cats should be given the privilege of a humane death. I’ve been drawn to many animal screams in my woods to find their cats shredding another animal to death; which I had to then quickly put that animal out of its misery, torment, and suffering caused by that cat. Lucky for those I found so fast from their screams. Other wildlife that I’d find days later had died a slow and agonizing death from wounds after being shredded by their cats. I guess I’m just more humane than all cat-lovers and their cats, that’s why their cats get shot and die instantly instead of equitably and justifiably tortured to death. If cat-advocates want REAL justice for their cats then any cat found outdoors would have to be cruelly tortured to death — something that I couldn’t do. Maybe that’s why TNR-advocates don’t mind that their cats slowly die of “attrition” — by disease, attacks, exposure, starvation, road-kill, etc., on ad-infinauseum.)

    • Geezle

      Forest Smith (AKA Woodsman and Woodsman001), you’re posting under TWO aliases here? You think that doubles the impact of your solo crusade to promote killing of cats?

      You’re a sick, sick man.

      Dear readers, please Google “Forest Smith”, “Woodsman”, and “Woodsman001” to discover for yourselves the sickening, psychotic extent of this man’s illness.

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