Since 1998, Operation Catnip of Gainesville has been providing free spay-neuter clinics for community cats in Alachua County, Florida. We are so proud of the incredible achievements made possible by the efforts of our volunteers, veterinary students and community cat caregivers!
Operation Catnip of Gainesville: Program Achievements
|Category of Service||2014||2015||2016||2017|
|Total cats spayed||999||976||1288||1742|
|Total cats neutered||1020||1143||1068||1451|
|Cats vaccinated or treated||89||138||149||212|
|Cats helped during clinics||2108||2257||2505||2305
|Cats helped at off-site partners||589||707||600||1029|
|Cats spayed or neutered with mentored programs||0||193||135||n/a|
|Total cats helped||2697||3157||3240||3405|
Operation Catnip of Gainesville: Program Timeline
- 2018 – Operation Catnip of Gainesville celebrates 20 years of TNR for community cats, caring for a total of more than 56,000 cats.
- 2016 – Operation Catnip of Gainesville formalizes orientation and training for clinic volunteers and cares for its 50,000th community cat!
- 2015 – Operation Catnip of Gainesville cares for its 45,000th community cat and begins a mentoring program with partners in Franklin County, Florida.
- 2014 – A total of 2,693 community cats are helped through spay-neuter and vaccinations
- 2010 – 12 years after launching free spay-neuter clinics for community cats, we care for cat number 30,000.
- 2004 – Operation Catnip goes international! Volunteers travel to the Galapagos Islands to implement humane techniques for reducing the population of stray and feral cats.
- 2002 – University of Florida veterinary students begin performing spay surgeries alongside professional veterinarians at our clinics
- 1998 – Operation Catnip of Gainesville is formed and holds its first spay-neuter clinic for community cats in Alachua County, FL
- 1994 – Cat lovers and volunteers in Raleigh, NC organize efforts to humanely reduce the local population of stray and feral (community) cats. They call it “Operation Catnip.”
Local Impact: Statistics
Operation Catnip’s targeted trap-neuter-return program is making a positive impact in the local community. As the number of cats we care for has increased, shelter intakes and euthanasia have both declined. TNR works!