If you feed a community cat or a group of cats, or if you’re willing to trap them for spay-neuter even if you aren’t sure who’s feeding them, please give us a call and we’ll be happy to make you a clinic reservation.
We Support Trap-Neuter-Return
You provide the cat and return it to its home (where you trapped it) after we provide the trap (if necessary) and veterinary services. Cats sterilized by Operation Catnip are anesthetized, examined, given pain relief medication, vaccinated for rabies and feline infectious diseases, given antibiotics, treated for fleas and de-wormed to lessen public health risks and to improve the quality of their lives.
If you merely trapped and removed the cat, you would simply open up space for a new cat to in the area and would not reduce the total population. If there is a food supply, the cats will come. If you just stopped feeding, the cats may leave the area, but spaying and neutering is the only effective way to drive down the population.
Cats keep rodent populations down too!
We Only Treat Community Cats
We limit our high quality, high-volume spay-neuter clinics to community cats only. Community cats include feral cats, stray and abandoned cats, and interdependent groups of unowned free-roaming cats. This is consistent with our simple mission; to reduce the community cat population and relieve the suffering of homeless cats by neutering as many as possible, and returning them to their caregivers and their outdoor homes.
We Only Treat Cats with Reservations
We Only Accept Cats in Operation Catnip-Approved Humane Live Traps
Regardless of temperament, all cats at our clinics must arrive and leave in approved humane live traps. We anesthetize cats while still in the traps, and we monitor them in the same traps following their procedures throughout the recovery process. An appropriately sized and secure live trap allows humane handling so that our volunteers never touch an “awake” cat. Additionally, this process allows us to attend to each cat quickly and efficiently, ensuring that we are able to spay-neuter the large number of cats that we do in short periods of time.
We accept cats in your own humane trap
To ensure the safety of cats, caregivers and volunteers, all personal traps must be brought to the Operation Catnip office during open hours for inspection and must receive an approval sticker demonstrating that the trap has been inspected and approved prior to use at our clinics. Trap approval is valid for one year, provided the trap remains in good working order. As long as your trap meets our requirements, we’re happy to accept your cats in your traps at our clinics. Traps must be secure, safe, have no loose parts or wires, and be of appropriate size. Operation Catnip prefers that the trap door opening is no more than roughly 10” x 10,” and at least one of the two possible doors must be see-through, not solid metal plates. Carriers, crates, boxes or birdcages are not accepted.
As long as your trap meets our requirements, we’re happy to accept your cats in your traps. Traps must be secure, safe, have no loose parts or wires, and be of appropriate size. Operation Catnip prefers that the trap door opening is no more than roughly 10” x 10,” and at least one of the two possible doors must be see-through, not solid metal plates.
We loan humane traps at no charge
Operation Catnip maintains approximately 700 humane live traps to loan to caregivers who do not have appropriate traps. If you do not have an appropriate trap, you can borrow one of ours. While there is no charge to borrow a trap, you will be required to leave copy of a photo ID and a $70 deposit per trap/ $100 per drop trap when you pick them up. Operation Catnip accepts cash, check, and credit or debit cards as a form of deposit, and your deposit will be returned when you bring back the traps. Operation Catnip does not process payment until the trap’s due date, at which time no charges are laid for traps returned cleaned and on time, but late fees, trap cleaning fees, and trap replacement fees will apply if necessary.
Traps can be borrowed at our office on Saturdays between 9am and 1pm at 4111 NW 6th st. Suite C, Gainesville, FL 32609. No prior clinic reservation is required to borrow traps. We’re happy to get you set up with a clinic date in person! *SPACE* Traps are due back the Saturday following your clinic date. Extensions are granted on a case-by-case basis and must be requested at least 24 hours before the trap’s due date. We know it can take more than one try to catch all the cats you are hoping for, so we try to be flexible, while also ensuring that we have enough traps available for all other caregivers who are trapping for subsequent clinics! Any trap that contained a cat, even for a short period of time, must be cleaned before return to Operation Catnip. Using water and generic dish soap, wash the trap, taking care to remove any newspaper or animal waste.
We provide trapping guidelines and training
Community cats are smart and wary creatures, which is why they are able to survive in the wild. You should not expect to catch every cat on the first try, but following the steps outlined in our Trapping Guide will help to ensure a positive trapping experience. We can help you make a clinic reservation and arrange to borrow traps, whether you decide to help one cat or a large group of cats. We are also happy to brainstorm solutions and offer additional tips and tricks for those trap-savvy cats!
We offer trapping assistance and transportation to/from the clinic
If you are physically unable to trap the cats at your location or provide transport for large groups of cats we might be able to help. On a limited basis, as the need arises and the resources permit, we will help with trapping and transportation. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Operation Catnip has a small group of volunteer trappers who may be able to trap on your behalf. We will need to know the address where the cat(s) is/are located, your name, a daytime phone number, email address, the best day and time to reach you. It’s also very helpful to provide as much detail about the cats at the location as possible, including how many there are, if any are already ear-tipped, how old the youngest appear to be, and when are they most frequently seen/ when they are fed. Photos are also extremely helpful. We may not be able to trap the cat(s) immediately, but a volunteer will contact you as soon as possible to make arrangements to trap the cats and sterilize them at the next available clinic.
If volunteers are unavailable, we request that you reach out to friends, family, neighbors, and coworkers to see if you can secure assistance on your own, as the demand for our volunteers is high.
We Offer Booster Vaccinations for “Graduates”
Booster vaccinations improve disease protection for the cat as well as offer rabies protection for the public who interacts with community cats. Operation Catnip offers vaccinations for ear-tipped clinic graduates, but you will need to schedule a clinic reservation for the cat, and all cats must be brought to the clinic in approved humane live traps.