Cat Rescues Invited to Apply for TNR Grant, Deadline April 17

Cat Rescues Invited to Apply for TNR Grant, Deadline April 17

Bloomfield Hills, MI –Thanks again to Humane Society of Macomb Foundation, Michigan Pet Fund Alliance is offering two $1,500 awards to support innovative Community Cats programs currently operating in Michigan. Funds will be awarded just in time for “kitten season”, when unaltered outdoor cats typically have their first litter of the year.

Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) is a humane approach to addressing outdoor cat populations. Scientific research proves that community cat programs stop the breeding cycle and improve the lives of outdoor and feral cats.

Applications are due April 17.  To see a full list of requirements and to apply, please visit:

In collaboration with Humane Society of Macomb Foundation, the Michigan Pet Fund Alliance is also pleased to announce the recipient of a $5,000 Community Cats Trap-Neuter-Return Grant.

After a rigorous application review process, the $5,000 grant was awarded to AuSable Valley Animal Shelter, whose application rose to the top for their collaboration with their community support base, including local media partners who will help educate and engage the community.

In total, Michigan Pet Fund Alliance received 21 grant applications from municipal and private animal control shelters, non-profit rescue organizations and outreach groups to launch a new Community Cats TNR program in their communities.

While reviewing the applications, MPFA board member Michelle Spranger commented, “I wish we had the money to fund them all. The applications are so good!”

To help make that wish come true to save even more cats throughout Michigan, the MPFA will donate an additional $5,000 matching grant to supply equipment from Tru Catch Traps to the following 16 applicants to help launch their programs:

Animal Aid of Southwestern Michigan

Berrien County Animal Control

Cannonsville Critters

Clare County Animal Shelter

Friends of the Animals of Metro Detroit

Humane Society of Midland

Kent County Animal Shelter

Lake County Animal Control

Northeast Michigan TNR Inc

Pet Adoption Alternative of Warren

Pet Tales Rescue

Roscommon County Animal Shelter/Control

Shelter to Home, Inc.

SOS Stray

Saginaw County Animal Care and Control

St. Clair County Animal Control

“In 2018, more than 7,000 cats were killed in Michigan shelters. We are committed to bring that number down to zero,” said Deborah Schutt, MPFA founder and chairperson. “By providing support to those with boots on the


Michigan Pet Fund Alliance is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization advocating nationally recognized best practices that save lives and stop the killing of healthy and treatable homeless cats and dogs in Michigan shelters. MPFA provides lifesaving grants, mentoring, educational opportunities, networking, and other support to animal shelters and rescues. For more information, please visit

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