Operation Catnip offers limited spay-neuter services for very specific patients: only unowned free-roaming, outdoor community cats from Alachua County, Florida are accepted at our Spay Day Clinics. This includes feral and unowned strays, but not indoor cats or kittens less than 3 months of age or 3 lbs. of weight.
Before you make a reservation, please read this Using Our Clinics section carefully to make sure you understand how our clinics work, and how your informed participation supports our life-saving spay-neuter services.
Learn What We Do and Don’t Do
Is there a community cat in your neighborhood? Do you want to know what happens at our clinics? Learn what Operation Catnip does, and as importantly, what Operation Catnip doesn’t do before you make plans to take advantage of our Catnip Sunday Spay Day clinic services.
Review Our Guide for Caregivers
All cats brought to the clinic must have a reservation made with Operation Catnip in advance, and must arrive in a humane trap, which Operation Catnip can provide free of charge. Before you make a reservation, read our Caregiver Clinic Guide and get up to speed on your responsibility as a caregiver.
Make Clinic Reservations
Reservations are required for each clinic. You can make reservations by calling Operation Catnip at 352-380-0940 and leaving a voicemail. Please note it may take up to two business days to receive a response, and we appreciate your patience. You can also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Borrow Trap(s) if Needed
We maintain several hundred humane traps that we happily lend to caregivers who are prepared to trap community cats. There’s no charge for the loan, but we do require a $70 refundable deposit. (The deposit can be in the form of cash, check, debit or credit card The deposit is held and not processed and will be returned to you immediately upon the return of the traps you borrowed.) Any questions about trap loan will be answered when you place your reservation. You can reserve a trap at the same time you make your clinic reservation(s).
Trap the Cats
Not all traps are created equal and there’s more to trapping community cats than simply putting out traps and a few cans of tuna. To ensure a good experience for you and the cats, read our trapping guidelines. They include information ranging from using approved traps, the appropriate timing and setting the traps to releasing cats back to their colonies after recovery.
Attend the Clinic
Cats are admitted the morning of each clinic. You will be offered a check-in time when you pick up your traps. Check-in times are from 7:30am until 9:00am and are assigned at trap pick-up. Pick up your traps early to select the time that best suits your schedule. Each cat must arrive in its own trap: your trap that has been pre-approved by Operation Catnip staff, or a loaned trap. Be sure to call beforehand if you know you have to cancel or reschedule a reservation. Caregivers who habitually no-show may lose clinic privileges. If cats are not trapped in time to be dropped off for the clinic, please be sure to return the traps by the due date. You may then set up an appointment for the following clinic.
Recover and Release the cats
Each cat receives anesthesia, an exam, antibiotics, a permanent ear tip, vaccinations against rabies and feline diseases, spay-neuter surgery, flea control, pain medication and dewormer. All cats will be discharged early the same afternoon, often still under the lingering effects of anesthesia. A discharge time will be assigned at check-in on the morning of the clinic. All cats MUST be picked up at the assigned time.
Return the Trap(s) if Borrowed
To reclaim your deposit, return the borrowed traps clean and free of any paper or towels within one week of the clinic. If you are not successful in trapping any cats, return any borrowed traps, and make a reservation for the next clinic.
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