If you feed a community cat or a colony of cats, or if you’re willing to trap a colony even if you aren’t sure who’s feeding them, please give us a call and we’ll be happy to make you a Spay Day 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 join the colony 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 colonies 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 caretakers and their colonies.
We Only Treat Cats with Reservations
We Only Accept Cats in Humane Wire Traps
We anesthetize cats while still in the traps. For safety to the cats as well as the volunteers, the cats must be restrained. A commercial wire trap allows humane handling so that our volunteers never touch an “awake” cat. The cats remain safe in their traps until they are anesthetized.
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 for inspection and must receive an approval sticker demonstrating that the trap has been inspected and approved.
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 wire traps to loan to caregivers who don’t 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 a $70 deposit per trap when you pick them up. All traps must be returned within one week of the clinic. 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.
Traps can be borrowed at our office located behind the Alachua County Humane Society on 4205 NW 6th Street, Gainesville FL 32609. Caregivers can pick them up and drop them off anytime Monday through Friday between the hours of 9:00am and 6:00pm.
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 colony of cats. We are also available for consultation, if you need any additional help with trapping..
We offer trapping assistance and transportation to/from the clinic
If you are physically unable to trap the cats in your colony 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. Call Operation Catnip at 352-380-0940.
Operation Catnip has a small group of volunteer trappers who may be able to trap the cat on your behalf. We will need to know the address where the cat(s) is/are located, your name, a daytime phone number, and the best day and time to reach you. 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 scheduled clinic.
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 humane wire traps.