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Operation Catnip

Operation Catnip is a nonprofit organization that operates a high-volume, no-charge clinic (funded through donations) where feral and free-roaming unowned cats are spayed/neutered and vaccinated for rabies and distemper. The clinics are run entirely by volunteers (veterinarians, vet technicians and trained lay people) and are capable of sterilizing dozens of cats in a matter of hours. All cats have the tip of their left ear cropped which identifies them as sterilized.

A feral cat is a domestic cat that has developed a natural fear of humans. Most feral cats are the result of abandonment and failure to spay/neuter. Most feral cats are acclimated to their outdoor lifestyle and would not adjust well to an indoor home. Along with other, unowned, free roaming cats, these are collectively known as community cats.


How you can help

Trap-Neuter-Vaccinate-Return (TNVR) is the process of trapping feral cats, having them neutered and vaccinated, Ear-tipped and returning them to their home location. Through TNVR we can greatly reduce the numbers of unwanted feral and stray cats which lowers the intake and euthanasia rates at animal shelters. This saves tax dollars and leaves more space at animal shelters for adoptable cats. TNVR also addresses the public health concern about rabies, and reduces annoying behaviors such as cats fighting and spraying.


Operation Catnip has a monthly TNVR clinic available, for more information visit their website. It’s not the cat’s fault that they are living outside and they do not want the kittens either. Help these cats by having them spayed and neutered before releasing them.

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