Although there are many cats that should be sterilized, Operation Catnip of Gainesville only accepts community cats that have no other option, and would NOT otherwise be sterilized.
Operation Catnip’s Clinic Admissions Policy accepts un-owned, free-roaming community cats, including feral cats and un-owned strays from Alachua County, Florida.
- Qualifying cats must be brought to the clinic by the appointed check-in time.
- Each cat must brought to the clinic in a humane wire trap in order to reduce the risk of injury to volunteers and cats.
- Caregivers who arrive with multiple cats in a single trap or cats in airline carriers, dog crates, or boxes will be reminded of this policy, and rescheduled for a future clinic.
- No food should be included in the trap as recently fed cats have a higher risk of anesthetic complications, including death.
- Kittens younger than three months of age will be deferred to a future clinic. If there is a question as to the approximate age of the kitten, the Clinic Supervisor will make the final determination.*
*Florida law requires that cats be at least 3 months of age to receive a rabies vaccination and certification. Younger kittens require more intensive care and monitoring during and after surgery.
Operation Catnip Does Not Accept
- Cats younger than 3 months of age
- Cats that are owned or will be adopted
- Cats whose caregiver is unwilling to allow placement in a new home or with a rescue group, as these cats are considered owned by the caregiver
- Cats in foster care awaiting placement in a permanent home or sanctuary
- Cats that may be euthanized or turned into an animal control facility following surgery*
*Operation Catnip does not commit resources to sterilizing cats that will not be allowed to live.