How do I volunteer with NBAR? To become an NBAR, all you need to do is fill out a volunteer app - these are available online or you can pick on up at our Adoption Center. Once you've completed a brief 20-30min orientation/training session, you're an official volunteer!
What would I do as an NBAR volunteer? The timeframe you are available will determine what you can do. If you're available "early" (before we're open to the public), this is when we do our cleaning - basic stuff like what you do at home with your own cats. During our business hours we do any spot-cleaning and extra fun cleaning (like washing the snot marks and paw prints off the windows) that needs to be done. In the evening, we have a checklist of things to do before we tuck the cats in for the night. Playing, cuddling, and socializing our cats happen all day, but we need to get the cleaning done first.
Can I volunteer with a group/school project or for community service hours? We are a very small facility and cannot handle more than groups of 6-8 people at a time. If you're looking to volunteer with a group, please contact us to set-up a time to accommodate your group. We always welcome students who need volunteer hours for school. If you're needing hours for community service, please contact us to see if there's room in our schedule to accommodate your needs.
How old do I need to be to volunteer? Volunteers can be any age - if you're willing to clean kitty poo and vomit, we're more than happy to have your help! If you're 15 or under, you will need a parent/guardian with you; if you're 16 and over, you can come on your own!
How do I foster for NBAR? Fostering is a critical part of our operation! We need fosters year round, but especially in the summer. We always need homes for pregnant/nursing moms, orphaned kittens and bottle babies. Fill out an application and we'll be in touch with you to get you started.
How do I donate to NBAR? We are 100% run on donations! You can donate online through PayPal and Amazon or you can drop donations off at our Adoption Center during business hours. Check out our donate page for info and way to help.
Can I donated open bags of food to you? Yes, absolutely. We can use any kind of food (dog or cat). We can use opened bag and food that is recently expired.
What kinds of items can NBAR use? We're pretty crafty and can use just about anything you'd like to donate. We don't have a use for newspapers (our cats get towels/blanket in their condos), comforters (too big for our needs), or used litterboxes (first, it's kind of gross, and second, our condos only allow a certain sized litterbox to fit in them; our free-roam cats use modified totes).Other than those few things, we can use just about anything; if we can't use it directly, we probably know somebody who can. And don't forget, our Pantry can use both cat and dog items. To see items we currently need, head over to our donate page.
I heard NBAR cats are the best, how do I adopt one? Our cats are so amazing thanks to our wonderful volunteers and fosters who spend countless hours working with them. Head over to our adoption page to get the info on adding one of these kitties to your family and to see who's available.
How much does it cost to adopt from NBAR? Our prices range from $50 - $250. The adoption fees reflect the included costs of standard vaccinations and medical exams, spay/neuter, grooming, feeding, daily care, etc., where appropriate. All our cats are fully vetted before they leave our care - in most cases, you won't have to visit the vet with your new kitty for an entire year!
Do I need to set-up an appointment time to meet cats? Nope! Just come in during our business hours of Wednesday - Friday 4-7PM and Saturday - Sunday 12-4PM. We are closed around the holidays, so email us if you're planning on visiting during those times.
Can I surrender my cat to NBAR? Space is always a limitation, please contact us ASAP if you think you may need to surrender your cat in the not too distant future. If we have room to accept your cat into our care, we ask that your bring the animal in a secured carrier. We also require any and all vet papers and documentation you have for your animal. Depending on the medical and disposition of the animal you are surrendering, we charge a give-up fee of $25-50 per animal. Please email us to discuss surrendering your cat(s) and to request give-up forms. In the case we don't have room we will we can place your cat on a waiting list and our Adoptable Pets page. We highly suggest searching for other rescues/shelters with more immediate space availability through adoptapet.com
Can I surrender my dog to NBAR? We are primarily a cat rescue, and do not have the resources to take dogs into our care. If you need to surrender your dog, we highly recommend you search for a rescue that deals more with dogs, as most people searching our site are looking for cats. You can search for rescues through adoptapet.com
There are feral/wild cats in my yard, can I bring them in? Not every cat belongs indoors in a home. Yes, pet cats should be indoors and sheltered from the numerous dangers that are outdoors. Pet cats that are allowed outdoors are in great peril. But feral cats, being leery of humans, are less at risk for most of these harms. It's natural for us humans to want to help these feral cats and kittens. The ferals can take care of themselves. They are adapted to their environment and they like it like it is. Imagine someone taking YOU and forcing you to live in the WILD. Same difference! The best thing you can do for these guys is TNR - Trap-Neuter-Return.
We do not do TNR, it is a huge operation to do so. We would suggest contacting All About Animals who has the resources to help you with TNR.
Will you take these feral kittens I found? During kitten season (spring - late fall), we are so overwhelmed with kittens and pregnant cats, we simply do not have the time to socialize feral kittens. For all intents and purposes, feral cats are wild animals. If you find a feral kitten, you can, through love and a whole lot of patience, tame it.
By taming a feral kitten, you are preparing that kitten to be placed for adoption. You will be turning a hissy, spitting little demon into a sweet, playful kitten that can have a wonderful indoor home. It can be a long and time-consuming process, depending on the age of the kitten (the younger the kitten, the more easily that kitten can be tamed), but taming a feral kitten will be one of the most rewarding acts of kindness you will ever give to another creature. We suggest trying to tame kittens 6 weeks and younger. After that, taming is very difficult and might not be possible.
What if your kitten never comes around? First of all, don't blame yourself. Taming feral kittens is a tough job, and not every kitten can be tamed. Sometimes you will end up with one super sweet kitten, while its litter-mate remains shy and scared, even though you took all the same steps. It is rare, but if this happens, the best thing to do is spay or neuter your kitten at 8 weeks of age, give the appropriate vaccinations, and find your kitten a suitable outdoor home.
More Resources Taming Feral Kittens (Feral Cat Coalition)
I found a stray cat/dog, can I bring it in? If you find a stray cat or dog, you need to contact your local animal control/shelter. You can find out this info through your police department. Nearly all of our cats come from guardians who can no longer care for their cat, we rarely have the space to take in a stray. Plus, most people are going to contact their local animal shelter to find their lost pet.
I found a pregnant cat, can you take it? Please contact us if you found a pregnant/nursing cat. We do not accept pregnant/nursing cats into our care unless we have a foster home available. If you're able to foster, even if it's temporarily, please let us know and we will work with you to get these kitties to a safe place.
Help! I lost my cat! Few things are more stressful than knowing your beloved pet is missing. There are many tips for locating a lost pet on the Internet, but here are few we recommend.
I just saw a dog/cat get injured, what do I do? We do not have any on-site medical care. If you have found an injured animal, please contact your local veterinary office or the Emergency Vet. In most cases, they will be willing to assist a homeless animal. If you see an animal hanging around with an obviously, but not life threatening injury, contact 4Paws1Heart for advise and possible assistance.
How does your pantry program work? If you are in need of help from our pantry, please visit our pantry during our hours of operation: 12-2P every Sunday, except on holiday/holiday weekends. Volunteers will be there to assist members. Visit our Pantry Page for more information.
How long as NBAR been around? New Beginnings Animal Rescue (NBAR) was founded in 2010 to the overwhelming number of people who need help caring for or re-homing their companion animals. NBAR is run by a group of dedicated volunteers and fosters to make a difference in the lives of homeless animals. Our mission is to serve Southern Oakland County communities as a No-Kill rescue organization that finds suitable homes for indoor companion animals.
Why are you guys so awesome? It's a tough job, but someone has to do it!
Do you work with local businesses? We're so fortunate to share this community with amazing business partners. Be sure to show them some love because they have and continue to help us make the world a little better for kitties in this town.