We do not accept any animals other than community cats. Pet cats and dogs of any kind are not accepted at our clinic.
We Do Not Take Surrendered Pets or Community Cats
Operation Catnip does not handle adoptions and cannot accept animals for surrender. Our goal is to provide support or find a solution that will result in pet retention or, in community cat cases, allow them to remain in their outdoor homes.
- If the situation is medical, a visit to a veterinarian might resolve the problem.
- If the issue is behavioral, a visit to the veterinarian may still resolve the problem. The veterinarian may also recommend the proper behavior professional, if necessary. Also, PetSmart offers a free 30-minute behavior/training consultation for dogs. Owners should contact their local PetSmart store for details.
If you still want to surrender the animal, it’s best to try to find a new home for the animal yourself with professional guidance as needed. It’s important to understand that if you ask a local rescue group to place the animal for you, the animal will enter the shelter system where it will displace another animal who will most likely be killed. The animal you are surrendering may eventually be euthanized as well.
We Do Not Remove Cats, Nor Do We Advise Relocation
If you are unwilling or unprepared to allow community cats to remain in your neighborhood, Operation Catnip can try to help you resolve the problem, but we can not remove the cat and relocation is not advised.
Nuisance behaviors are reduced with sterilization, and we can help with that. Operation Catnip has a small group of volunteer trappers who may be able to trap the cat on your behalf. They can make arrangements for the cats(s) to be sterilized at the next scheduled Spay Day clinic and returned to their colony. Please contact Operation Catnip at 352-380-0940 to learn more.
If you are still having problems after sterilization, boundary deterrents that contain coyote urine or black pepper can be effective.These can be purchased at hardware and feed stores. You can also contact us for a consultation.